"Brilliant and Creative New Thriller"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted March 21, 2014
Thriller Military | Thriller
Garrett Reilly is brash, arrogant, and somewhat of a jerk-
but he has exactly the sort of mind that the US military
needs right now. Garrett is brilliant at seeing patterns
within the numbers and he notices something is awry with the
recent selloff of US Treasury bonds. Is the US about to be
at war with the Chinese? And will Garrett choose to help the
military despite his deep-seated animosity towards it?
THE ASCENDANT is the first book in a series that offers the
reader a new type of thriller along with a new style of war.
It's a little different from traditional thrillers as the
action is more intellectual than physical while the
battlefield is the economy. Drew Chapman does a spectacular
job at making the stock market and bond trading sound
fascinating rather than deadly dull. In fact, THE ASCENDANT
is surprisingly intense, and I stayed on the edge of my
seat, waiting to see just how it would all unfold.
Garrett Reilly is the unlikeliest of heroes. He both excels
and thrives on agitating and irritating other people,
particularly those in charge. He's exactly the opposite of
what you would expect from the military-and even the
military officials who know they need him aren't sure they
want him. However, Garrett is loyal to a fault. Oddly
enough, his petulance and cantankerous behavior start to
grow on the reader as the story unfolds. I found myself
cheering for Garrett as the bigger picture of what is going
THE ASCENDANT is a creative and fresh approach to the
thriller genre. I like how Drew Chapman incorporates events
straight from the headlines and provides an underlying
conspiracy theory that is so plausible that I had to keep
reminding myself it is fiction. I couldn't turn the pages
fast enough in THE ASCENDANT as it is utterly brilliant!
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
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.
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