The Patriots Club, a secret group of hardcore businessmen, has been in existence since it was first set up by George Washington in the days of the Revolutionary War. By 2004 it has acquired Jefferson Partners, a large and secretive private equity firm raising money from financial funds and private wealth to buy companies concentrated in the ...Read MoreThe Patriots Club, a secret group of hardcore businessmen, has been in existence since it was first set up by George Washington in the days of the Revolutionary War. By 2004 it has acquired Jefferson Partners, a large and secretive private equity firm raising money from financial funds and private wealth to buy companies concentrated in the defense industry. William Blaine appears to be just another of Jefferson's right-wing capitalists but he conceals a personal mission. Twenty years ago his mother, a radical left-wing lawyer, uncovered evidence that Jefferson was helping the US government put together a global surveillance net capable of watching the lives of not just America, but the populations of the greater Western powers. After she and her cohorts bombed the building where the top-secret listening devices were being manufactured, she was forced to abandon her son and go on the run. Now Blaine's goal is to discover what became of Jefferson's sabotaged plan, codename: Cerberus...Read Less
I?ve read some of Christopher Reich's books before ? breezy, thriller type stuff that are generally based around the financial world. Not great, but usually easy to read and not utter dreck. This was not his best effort. In fact, of the three books I?ve read by him, it?s by far the worst ? that being said, it?s light reading. The plot, tangential as it is, is about a guy who gets wrapped up in a secret club, which has something to do with some of the nations founders. There are some interesting, though one expects unintentional, discussions about whether a president needs to listen to the people or whether a more trusted advisor (the Patriots Club, in this case) should really guide the masses. I'll leave the parallels to current political situations up to you to decide, but it's hard to read this without thinking about such things, if that's something you care about. That being said, it?s purposefully fiction and at a 20,000 feet level, so don?t expect any philosophical or political debate of any substance. Again, it?s a decent book but you can do better, even just by going through other books by Mr. Reich.
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