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The Protege Hardcover – 27 December 2005
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- Publisher : Ballantine Books (27 December 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 313 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345480589
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345480583
- Dimensions : 16.36 x 2.87 x 24.21 cm
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About the Author
STEPHEN FREY is a principal at a nothern Virginia private equity firm. He previously worked in mergers and acquisitions at J.P. Morgan and as a vice president of corporate finance at an international bank in Midtown Manhattan. Frey is also the bestselling author of Shadow Account, Silent Partner, The Day Trader, Trust Fund, The Insider, The Legacy, The Inner Sanctum, The Vulture Fund, and The Takeover.
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Michael L. Slavin
Fast PacedReviewed in the United States on 17 June 2007
The author is good at moving things along at a quick pace. In this book, Wall Street Financier Christian Gillette returns to battle the forces of evil. Namely, a branch of the Mafia represented by The Carbone Family and a shadowy branch of the Defense Department- DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)represented by Norman Boyd and his associate Ganze. It turns out that Boyd is trying to get at a small company owned by Gillette's Everest Capital investment firm in order to profit from nanotechnology. Along the way the reader is introduced to the bright and beautiful heiress Allison Wallace who is ready to invest 15 billion dollars from her family into Everest. But. With conditions. Other events of interest are Gillette's acquisition of a professional football team and approvals for a Las Vegas casino as well as his girlfriend the beautiful singer Faith who is under contract to one of Gillette's companies. All this between big financial deals. And don't forget Gillette is a self made success and good guy who counsels his top employees to donate generously to charity. He is also searching for the answer to his father's death in a plane crash. His father had been a U.S. Senator. As well as the identity of his mother. Who was The Protege? David Wright, heir apparent at Everest, who unintentionally murdered a woman during some kinky sex that was secretly photographed by the mafia. Naturally, they used the photos to blackmail him. The CIA enters the picture too. A lot of different subplots but the author ties them reasonably well together in a fast paced read.
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Learn Business, Get a ThrillReviewed in the United States on 24 June 2014
I have liked Stephen Frey's work since I first read his work, so liking this was no surprise for me. I had to step away from book-buying for a while, and am catching up, so the second book featuring Christian Gillette was a bit of a surprise. I did like that, as you start to get a feeling for the character of the lead players. Some rather interesting plot twists remind me of Agatha Christie, just with sharper turns. And, you have the bonus of learning about some form of investment and banking, an area with which I am generally not familiar. I try to mix up my reading, but will be back to read much more Frey before too long, I assure you.
Christian Gilette?Reviewed in the United States on 19 November 2009
It was purely by accident that I downloaded the sample of The Protege to my kindle. Having just completed the Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp series I was looking for another action/thriller to consume my spare time. After reading the book, I wondered if someone specifically created this book for me... Wall Street, Las Vegas, mobs, secret service, black mail, body guards... The great thing about Stephen Frey is that you can finish a chapter and feel like it's an ok place to stop. I hate it when an author will just continue a scenario into the next chapter. So this is an easy read. I enjoy the Christian Gilette character and am looking forward to more books and regret not reading The Chairman first...
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