From Peter James, the award-winning author of the Roy Grace series, comes Billionaire, an exhilarating financial thriller.
City stockbroker Alex Rocq leads a comfortable life, with a luxury flat in London, a country cottage, a very expensive car, and a lucrative job that still leaves time for leisure. But all this isn't enough. After receiving a tip-off, Alex decides to play the commodities market for himself. He soon learns the hard way that fortune doesn't always favour the brave, and his luck comes to an abrupt end.
When he is offered the chance to write off his debts - in exchange for special services and silence - Rocq can't believe his luck. But how far will a desperate man go to harness the power players around him?
©2015 Peter James (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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"Alex Rocq is no Roy Grace"
This is, at the end of the day a decent financial thriller. It takes place in the realms of the super rich viewing events from multiple points of view amongst a cast of very affluent and in most cases fairly dis-likeable characters. A Greek arms dealer, a French Viscount and a rich London stockbroker are among them.
However, for those (like me) who approached it thinking we were getting a brand new book from Peter James alarm bells started ringing very early. The entertaining opening scenes on Britain's motorways are well done but it quickly becomes obvious that this is not a contemporary novel. The book was in fact written and first published in the early 80s, the author took them out of print for decades and some web sites cite this decision as being because he felt his earlier books were not up to his current standards. When I checked today he does not include them in the list of his books on his website . . .
The book does develop at an interesting pace once you get used to the time period it is set in. Leighton Pugh does a very decent job of narration and I did enjoy listening to it. However, the ending does push things a bit far and I never really got to care about Alex Rocq partly because most of the book covers the other characters and partly because, well he isn't that likeable.
I'd summarise by saying that this is an okay way to spend a few hours. However, this isn't the book you should judge Peter James by and fans of his other books may not get as much out of this one.
Note to Audible: In my view you should make it more obvious that this is a re-release of an old book and not a brand new one.
How many times does anyone need to explain commodities in order to make story work
"returned the book"
I got to chapter 10 and had to check of I had downloaded a Joan Collins book by mistake. Sorry I couldn't read any further and returned the book. Bring back Roy Grace!
A feeble and well-worn plot read by someone who thinks that all foreigners have sore throats.
This book has been out of print for 30 years...and for a very good reason. It's not very good! I'm a big fan of Peter James' books but this early effort is dated, poorly plotted and totally unbelievable and though Leighton Pugh does his best to breath life into it, it really is not worth the effort. If this were my first encounter with James' novels, I certainly wouldn't come back for more and I hope it doesn't put listeners off his Roy Grace novels which are in a completely different class.
As a huge Peter James fan, I found this very dull. I got about 2 hours in and gave up. So disappointing....
"intriguing will listen to this book again"
an unpredictable story of greed, murder and double crossing. would highly recommend this book. very well narrated, really bought the story to life!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.. It was a bit of a yarn and quite unbelievable but nevertheless well worth listening to.....
"Good listen when you are on the move"
I've both read and listened to many books by Peter James. No they may not be great literature but they are stories that pull you in very quickly and keep your mind focussed until the end of the tale. Billionaire is a stand alone novel (not part of the Roy Grace series) and a little like the Fear Index by Robert Harris which is excellent. It is great to listen to when you are driving, walking the dogs, cooking your supper. As always I do wonder why Peter James' female characters mainly play such unsavoury roles.
A departure for Peter James quite unlike the Roy Grace books. Well written and interesting to have the stock market explained. I enjoyed it, but not great.
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