Friday, November 23, 2012

Tribute Books: "The Banker Spy" by William G. Byrnes Book Review

The Banker Spy Book Summary:
The Banker Spy weaves history into a contemporary thriller about ex-lovers who become entangled in a web of international intrigue. Investment banker Peter Armstrong believes he’s left his past in the States. He has an exciting new job in London and is managing the largest equity offering in European history. Behind him are an incident at his old employer and a broken engagement. He thinks his only problem is his client—an automobile company desperate for cash. Then he receives a phone call from his ex-fiancée, Dayna Caymus, a beautiful and unpredictable CIA agent. When Peter discovers that his client is secretly working for the German government the two ex-lovers enter into an uneasy alliance which their past sometimes helps and sometimes hurts, all the while sorting through their feelings for each other. Dayna puts her mission first, leading Peter into a labyrinth of deception and conspiracy. Peter loses his client, his job, and almost his life as they race to learn Germany’s secrets—secrets that could start a nuclear war.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I first began this book, I was pretty convinced I wasn't going to like the book that much.  There were portions that just did not seem to interest me.  I was somewhat bored, and so I figured I would not give this book any kind of fantastic rating.

This is why it is so important to no give up within the first portion of a book.  About one third of the way into the book, I discovered that I was actually interested in the story.  Not only that, I was somewhat fascinated by this take on the story--I never considered Germany being any kind of threat in the world after WWII.  This was an intriguing and somewhat scary prospect.  And who doesn't like a good spy?  With a hint of romance--that is unresolved--to it.

I am happy to report that there are no sex scenes, and the profanity is limited, even though I feel it is unnecessary.  There are also no graphic details or descriptive senseless violence--always nice to report.  There were portions of the book where I admit that I lost interest, but much of the book truly did keep moving at a pretty good pace.  I struggled in the beginning to keep the various characters straight.  I would have loved a "character list" or something because often in these kinds of books, I get confused with all the various characters.  Again, just my opinion.

Do you want to read a fast-paced spy/intrigue/espionage book?  This may very well be for you.  In invite you to check it out!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated,  and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Bill Byrnes was an investment banker with Alex. Brown & Sons for 17 years. After that he was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Finance and, subsequently, member of the Board of Regents at Georgetown University. He's founded three companies and has served on the boards of six public companies. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Michigan. His interests include European and Mesoamerican history, wine collecting, and automobiles. He's happiest around the water and on the tennis court. Bill, his wife, and their two poodles divide their time between Washington, DC and West Palm Beach, FL.

Format/Price: $2.99 ebook
Publisher: Publish Green
ISBN: 9781938296345
Release: August 27, 2012

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  1. Ruth, I'm glad the more you stuck with this one, the more you liked it. Thanks for the review of William's book.


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