Book Title: The Phoenix Year
Book Genre: Thriller
Author: David L Blond
Publisher: Wattle Publishing
“… from out of the fire, would rise a new order, like the legend of the phoenix. There would emerge a new world, a new super economy…”
So starts a sequence of events destined to rock world economies to their very core. On the 50th anniversary of their induction into the Society of the Phoenix, a group of billionaires is about to change the world dramatically, with devastating effect. Overseen by the reclusive Heinrich Von Kleise, the Society has hatched an audacious plan to subvert world economies, by using and abusing some of the world’s wealthiest businessmen and their families; in some cases, holding them literally to ransom, or worse. Michael Ross, an economic advisor to the US President, Ben Masters, a disgraced property tycoon, Natalya Avramowitz, a Russian economist and spy, and “Kim” a CIA Agent, find themselves at the center of this plot, involving inside trading, sex slavery, and political corruption. As the world careens towards financial Armageddon, can Michael, Natalya and Kim prevent global disintegration, or are the world’s financial institutions fated to implode? The Phoenix Year by David L. Blond is a gripping novel, encompassing many of the financial crises that have hit the headlines in the past decade. The author has skillfully woven these together to create an action-packed conspiracy thriller that smacks of reality and future possibility.
The seat of the world’s power indisputably resides in the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. However, the ideal upon which this seat rests upon have been vastly abandoned, virtually decimated by the ego of man. The well-being of the one, has begun to outweigh the needs of the many with veracity and reckless abandon that has already been the undoing of what once was not just a great nation, but a nation of integrity. These facts are what David L Blond builds his tale upon and weaves a plot that although it be only fiction, could also be said to be an accurate assessment of future events to come.
The Phoenix Year is a beautifully and masterfully spun work, full of intrigue and mystery. Stakes are high and consequences to every action are immediate and severe, no matter which choice is made. This theme is carried throughout the story with great consistency and fluidity. There was not a moment where I was not on the edge of my seat in eager anticipation of what choice was going to be made, and how that one event would spur on the events to come.
The characters is this book are impeccably construction. Each one has a past, yet they all face an uncertain future. Even though many of these characters are of high pedigree, they are still easily relatable. Blond does not concentrate on the surface aspects of what a person can be and instead plunges deeper and exposes the humanity in the characters he has created. Each moment is saturated in human instinct, making this work virtually impossible to be unrelateable.
There are many undertones in this book that could allow it to be classified in several subgenres. Even though it is a political thriller about the rise and imminent fall of democracy, there are many different shades of events that happen. Because of this, there is something for everyone, and that is what makes a work great.
I very much enjoyed this book. The happenings and the events that transpire are equally creative and eerily prophetic. It took no stretch of the imagination to see that conspiracy of this kind could be close at hand. It is both cautionary and entertaining. It is a very intelligent read that challenged me to think outside of what I know what is to what could be. I love books that make you question what you think you know, and this did just that.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The pace of this book was swift and enjoyable, and the story was incredibly original and captivating. It has been some time since I have read a book that has challenged what I believe to be the future while also entertaining me, and this book did just that. I feel more empowered having read The Phoenix Year, and I believe that to be a high feat for any work to accomplish.
Dr. David Blond works as a private economic consultant specializing in quantitative analysis of economic data. He began his career working for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. During the period of 1978 – 1985, he was a Senior Economist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and after leaving that position worked for various major global economic forecasting and consulting firms. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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