The Ascendant

The Ascendant

A Garrett Reilly Thriller

Book - 2014 | 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed.
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"Like his intriguing protagonist Garrett Reilly, author Drew Chapman possesses startling skills and this first novel just blows the doors off. The Ascendant is a rollicking, globe-hopping, timely, and prescient page-turner--a twenty-first century thriller" (C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Point and The Highway ).

Hidden deep within the figures tracking the ups and downs of the stock market lies a terrifying truth: America is under attack. Our government . . . our economy . . . our very way of life are in the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy . . . and no one knows. Except Garrett Reilly. He has a knack for numbers. He sees patterns no one else can. His gift has made him a rising star on Wall Street. But when he notices that two hundred billion dollars' worth of U.S. Treasury bonds are being sold off at a terrifying rate, his gift makes him the most wanted man alive.

The U.S. military wants him for his extraordinary abilities. They need someone to lead a crack squad of rogue soldiers to act as the last line of defense in a war that could mean the end of everything America holds dear. And everyone else? They just want him dead.

In this explosive debut novel, ranging from the offices of Wall Street to the casinos of Vegas to the back roads of the Chinese countryside, Drew Chapman introduces readers to a new kind of action hero: one uniquely skilled to fight a new kind of war.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Pocket Books, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781476788166
Characteristics: 509 p.


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Dec 29, 2015

This book showed up in my recommendations and I decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise. Very original plot, engaging characters, and action-filled plot. If the author plays his cards right, he may have a long-lived series in his hands

Nov 09, 2015

I found this author to be much, much superior to Lee Child [contradicting a previous commenter] - - with Child, I forget the book immediately afterwards, like so much cotton candy for the mind, whereas this novel was far more entertaining and creative, also reflecting the most current of times!
The book cover says it's a thriller and it was!
Excellent premise, excellent plot and carry through . . .

Jan 11, 2015

Not a bad first novel but it is not something I would recommend.
Drew Chapman is not yet in the same league as Lee Child, John Sandford or Lawrence Block but I think he's got the potential to do better.
Kudos to Drew Chapman and his team for their thorough research on the language, culture and geography of China with one tiny exception.
On page 428 (end of chapter 81), Chapman wrote: "The descriptive tags on the page were in Mandarin. ... Cherise didn't read Mandarin ..." Chapman's researchers should have informed him that Mandarin is an ORAL Chinese dialect and had been the official Chinese ORAL dialect since the start of the 20th century. It is NOT a written dialect/language. There is only ONE Chinese written language with two sets of ideograms (traditional and the corresponding simplified versions.) Regardless of a Chinese speaking person's local dialect, their written language remains consistent.

Dec 18, 2014

Fantastic read. Unable to put it down, devoured in one sitting. I highly recommend this one.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"China's been attacking the U.S. in ways that leave the American defence system flat-footed and off-kilter. Not only has the power grid been compromised, but financial markets from government bonds to Las Vegas real estate have crumbled. That's where bond analyst Garrett Reilly comes in. His photographic memory and ability to see patterns where others can't make him a new breed of hero and one the U.S. military desperately needs in this new kind of warfare. With high stakes, plenty of action, complex technology, and some outstanding characters, this debut has plenty to offer fans of international thrillers." Thrillers and Suspense February 2014 newsletter

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