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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Deadly Wealth: An Alexander Stern Thriller by Vincent J. Wallace is crime fiction that is gripping. After almost seven years, Alexander Stern knows it is time to leave his job as Chief Risk Officer. He is tired of living in the bubble, a toxic job that didn’t allow him the luxuries he had always wanted. He is tired of the politics and he knows it is time to say goodbye to his team, his friends, his business partners —the real ones. What can be seen as a reckless decision quickly turns into a fortune, for eighteen months later, Alexander is able to buy out the shareholders of the new company he has joined, thanks to a package that rewards him for his loyalty and some secrets. With the support of William Braxon, his previous boss and friend, and the backing of two investors, Alexander is set for success. His success in the corporate world grows steadily until he becomes the owner of the financial institution he has worked hard to keep afloat. But an unscrupulous competitor is determined to bring him to his knees, and while he finds the resources to put up a fight, he is hardly aware of the enemy inside and the price he may have to ultimately pay.
Vincent J. Wallace has composed an engaging story that features compelling characters. The author takes the financial systems and their common challenges and weaves a story that is utterly entertaining around them, bringing to life characters that are complex and real. The banking game is intelligently developed and the author shows a lot when it comes to the challenges in the business. The prose is crisp, mostly descriptive, and punctuated by intelligently written dialogues. Deadly Wealth: An Alexander Stern Thriller has a strong plot and the protagonist is a character that readers will want to follow. It is a story that builds in intensity and readers will appreciate this dramatic, character-driven crime set in the financial world. Alexander is a fully realized character and while he is knowledgeable in his domain, he can be naïve with a lot to learn when it comes to anticipating the cunning of his adversaries. This book is a page-turner with the fluidity I look for in good prose.