Deadly Wealth

An Alexander Stern Thriller

Fiction - Crime
392 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2021
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Author Biography

Vincent J. Wallace has lived in Mexico, the United States, and the Dominican Republic, and has visited many cities around the world. This international background and his 27-year career in the financial sector have given him many experiences that will become material for financial-crime thrillers … because some stories, including ones about criminals, have to be told!

Vincent started writing many years ago, but it wasn't until 2020 that he decided to take his hobby to the next level. Now he alternates his role as an active securities market executive with his new career as a writer of novels. He is an Associate Member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

Deadly Wealth is his first novel in the Alexander Stern series. He is busy writing a sequel, titled Bloody Growth.

Follow him at www.vincentjwallace.com and social media!

    Book Review

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.

Vernita Naylor

If you enjoy books with mystery and suspense, pick up a copy of Deadly Wealth: An Alexander Stern Thriller by Vincent J. Wallace. This book is a must for those thrill-seekers. Alexander Stern didn't want to see his dreams dissipate while working within a toxic bubble at the bank so he set out to plan a series of steps to leave. What Alexander didn't know was that the next steps he would take would lead him into a whole new world of embezzlement, deception, secrets, and attempted murder. As Alexander began to navigate through the waters of his new adventure, he realized that while he had friends in high places, he must protect himself and his interests at any cost.

Vincent J. Wallace has used his expansive background in the financial industry to create this book for the reader to enjoy. This is a great read for curling up on your favorite chair or couch, beverage in hand while enjoying this thriller. The author thoroughly sets the stage for the bumpy road in the life of Alexander Stern and his transition into living his dream. Deadly Wealth: An Alexander Stern Thriller mixes the international flavors of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Europe, and Mexico while including the impact of COVID-19 to help set the stage that the reader will thoroughly enjoy. Whenever we decide to embark on a new path, we must understand that through this uncharted territory are new pathways to be uncovered and discovered. Great story. As an added feature, the reader will enjoy an excerpt from another book by this author.

Divine Zape

Alexander Stern makes a bold and seemingly reckless decision to quit his job without even thinking about his bills and debts. It is not long before he benefits from his loyalty and the connections he has built as a risk specialist in his former company and from the secrets he has kept. He quickly finds himself climbing the corporate ladder in an international bank in Mexico City. His career growth sets him on the path leading to the top of a financial company that he has worked hard to keep afloat. But he is in a world of wolves, infested with fraud and cruel schemes, and a competitor, in connivance with an employee, is about to put him out of business. Does he have the resources to fight back and can he pay the price of what is coming?

This is a great story and, as someone who understands little about financial institutions, Vincent J. Wallace has aroused my curiosity and kept my eyes glued to the pages of this book as I followed the protagonist from one challenge to the next troubling one. Readers will be thrilled by the manipulative, fraud-ridden environment that bankers and financial professionals navigate. The writing is stellar, and it features prose that flows gracefully. The characters are rock-solid, plucked from complex backgrounds, including politicians and bankers. Deadly Wealth: An Alexander Stern Thriller is a novel that is balanced, written in exquisite prose, and featuring characters that readers will care about. It is a thriller that builds against the backdrop of the corporate world and that features an international setting, taking the reader from the US to Mexico City and to the Dominican Republic.

K.C. Finn

Deadly Wealth is a work of fiction in the corporate thriller, crime, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author Vincent J. Wallace. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and is the first novel under the Alexander Stern thriller label. Our protagonist Stern is a man who knows what he wants, and when he’s tired of his work as a Chief Risk Officer, he leaves it all behind and risks everything to try out something new. So when his new company presents new wealth opportunities, Stern is initially delighted. But this soon turns into a tale of turmoil and dark dealings with truly deadly consequences, none of which our hero or his nearest and dearest could ever predict.

Author Vincent J. Wallace has crafted a truly thrilling work of crime fiction with plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments to offer its readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the fact that anyone could access it, whether they had experience of the corporate world or the potential dangers of finance deals or not. Everything was explained in plain terms that were woven well into the plot, laying out Stern’s decisions, the risks, and the rewards that were at stake. As the plot heated up, so many interesting and edgy characters emerged too, making the work move at a faster and faster pace to its startling yet satisfying conclusion. Overall, I would highly recommend Deadly Wealth to fans of criminally good writing, atmospheric thrillers, and for corporate-ladder intrigue fans everywhere.