From Shreds To Riches


Fiction - Crime
396 Pages
Reviewed on 06/11/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Based on factual events, From Shreds to Riches by David Fisher and Cal Orey is both a spectacle and a cautionary tale with a great deal of chutzpah. The story starts in the early seventies, where you find Scott Newman, aka Benjamin King, working in a posh office suite on the fortieth floor above Fifth Avenue. He loves his life as his work is working for him, unlike his father who was a blue-collar working stiff. Scott decided early in life that he will not die slaving for a low wage, so he founded Argon Industries, a light bulb telemarketing industry. But the empire that he built is about to be shattered - a battering ram blasted open the front door of his office when FBI agents raid Argon Industries, the beginning of an unforgettable sting. This is in connection to an ongoing investigation that accuses Scott and his partner, Doug Kaufman, of mail fraud and money laundering. This story will take you back into the past to trace the life of the most successful closer in the lightbulb telemarketing business and how he got into trouble.

Shreds to Riches is a rags to riches story that isn't short on thrills and intrigue. David Fisher and Cal Orey aren’t shy in creating antihero characters that you will love and understand. There will be plenty of times when you think of the moral aspects of the story yet at the same time feel that you are in no position to judge what drives Scott Newman. This is because the story is well-told in flashbacks that present the humble beginnings of the main protagonist. His rise to telemarketing power has that classic mob story feel to it, and the story becomes addictive in the way Newman deals with people and obstacles in ways that are either right or wrong. Perhaps what truly makes this story tick is that Newman is the representation of all of us—a representation that we perhaps are reluctant to reveal. It’s a powerful crime story, one that stares back at you as you turn the pages. If you love mob-style stories filled with energy, this one should be on your list.

Renee Guill

From Shreds to Riches: Inspired by True Events by David Fisher and Cal Orey is a novel based on true events. It reads like a memoir. It's a financial thriller about Scott Newman's business life. Scott starts as a jewelry salesman. After being scammed, he finds a way to become rich as a lightbulb telemarketer. He uses shreds from his competitors and gets very rich. After the FBI raids his company and takes him to court, he recognizes what his true dream is. With lots of twists and turns along the way, Scott Newman goes through a lot to make his dream come true.

I thought that From Shreds to Riches by David Fisher and Cal Orey was a unique way to learn some business tips. I love that it is a hybrid, much more enjoyable than the usual business book. I liked how each chapter had a date and place because this made it easier to follow. I loved how Scott Newman dealt with the scammers; we all wish we could do that. I actually got a few 'aha' moments from the story. I love it when that happens. The world-building was done really well, especially the trial. There were a lot of great characters. I liked Scott's wife the best. There are some bad words, but nothing cringe-worthy. If you love TV shows like Law and Order or any of the Judge's shows, you will love the trial scene. If you need some business ideas or just some motivation, this is a must-read.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

From Shreds To Riches by David Fisher and Cal Orey is a financial crime thriller. Scott Newman was living well until his office was targeted by the FBI in a money-laundering raid. Scott had always been determined to make a name for himself, striving to make enough money to avoid working himself into an early grave. This he achieved. Starting his own business, he made money hand over fist, going from a $250-a-week salesperson to becoming a successful business owner. That was until the FBI raided his office and his life. Is he guilty of the crimes he is accused of or is it all an elaborate scheme to bring him down?

From Shreds to Riches by David Fisher and Cal Orey is a fascinating and realistic story. There is much truth in this tale of the white-collar crime of the type that is repeated daily. In places, this fast-paced story is amusing but there is also an undertone of darkness. The characters are well-rounded, well-developed individuals, each with an entirely credible backstory. The story begins in the present and then flashes back to when the main protagonist began his climb to the top and continues in this vein, alternating between past and present before finishing on an explosive note. This is a story of multi-layered main characters and the many facets that make up their lives. It is drawn together in a clever, edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride that will hold your attention from page one. If you like hard-hitting thrillers, this story is for you.

K.C. Finn

From Shreds To Riches is a work of fiction in the crime subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by the team of David Fisher and Cal Orey. The book is based on the true story of Scott Newman, a white-collar criminal, who found the winning strategy for success to be bending the rules - until he went so far that he came to the attention of the FBI. Starting as a jewelry salesman and rising to the top of his telemarketing field, Newman’s success stemmed from a willingness to get his hands dirty by stealing client details out of his rival’s garbage.

It feels a little bit strange to get to the end of a crime novel based on the true story of an infamous white-collar criminal and feel inspired by it, but one of the most striking elements of the story was the way Scott sought to make a better life for himself by whatever means necessary. David Fisher and Cal Orey’s characterization of Scott makes no apologies for his criminal activity but instead creates such a strong sense of affinity with him. One can’t help but root for him to succeed even as we see the trap made by his ambition close around him. The prose in From Shreds to Riches is consistently engaging and entertaining and the narrative was filled with exciting twists and turns as Scott’s charisma and cunning lifted him higher and higher, ripe and ready for his fall from grace.

Rabia Tanveer

From Shreds To Riches by David Fisher and Cal Orey is a crime fiction novel that tells a rags-to-riches tale of Scott Newman. Scott is the cofounder of Argon Industries, a telemarketing company that he created with his partner Doug Kaufman. While Scott enjoyed a high-rise office in the heart of Fifth Avenue and a lavish lifestyle, things weren’t always like that. His father was a humble businessman, and Scott made a promise to himself that he would not live a blue-collar life. However, his almost fantasy of life came crashing down when his office was raided by the FBI and everything Scott worked for was about to be lost. Scott was ready to do whatever it took to get his glory back, even if it appeared to be impossible.

Authors David Fisher and Cal Orey wrote a fantastic tale of struggle and determination. I loved the flashbacks, seeing Scott struggle to get where he was and how hard he worked to achieve that success was very important for forming a connection with readers. The flashbacks were fun, but the narrative about the present was packed with action and drama. You may think this novel is your typical rags to riches story, but the authors surprised me at every turn in the story. The pace was perfect, and the narrative was complex enough to show different sides of Scott. The courtroom scenes were nothing short of epic and gave me an adrenaline rush. There was a level of excitement in the story that only grew with every passing chapter. All I can say is that this is a must-read novel!