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The Power Broker: A Novel

by Stephen Frey

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The Power Broker is a melodramatic, thoroughly unbelievable tale set in the financial world. Christian Gillette is the chairman of one of the most powerful private equity firms in the world. In this novel he is pitted against forces with even more power than him in the form of Samuel Hewitt and a former Black Panther leader. There are many subplots at play including getting licenses for Las Vegas casinos, getting players for his new NFL team, and an offer to become the vice-president of the black, democrat candidate for the presidency.

I am only willing to suspend my disbelief so far. Unfortunately this novel is so full of utter ridiculous nonsense and clichés that my disbelief was required to extend well past the Milky Way. Let me count the ways. A private equity firm cannot own an NFL franchise. Only individuals are allowed to own franchises. To think that they can shake down an NFL owner, who despite what would have to be immense wealth had no personal protection, to make favorable trades is laughable. Organized crime hasn’t run the Vegas casinos in about forty years. The Order, composed of rich, old money white males who have unlimited amounts of money, power, and influence is so utterly cliché. That Jesse Ford would select someone as a vice-president candidate with absolutely no political experience is a joke. That they would not thoroughly vet Gillette is an even bigger joke. The only thing entertaining about this novel was that it was so outlandish that it was entertaining. This is a book you will want to avoid.

Carl Alves – author of Reconquest: Mother Earth ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jul 30, 2014 |
Stephen Frey
  jsharvison | Sep 23, 2011 |
Stephen Frey
  jsharvison | Sep 23, 2011 |
Fast paced, intriguing thriller featuring recurring character Christian Gillette. This time, Gillette gets mixed up in the world of politics and a bizarre secret society. ( )
  boleyn | Feb 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345480619, Mass Market Paperback)

Exposing high-level governmental corruption, conspiracy, and murder has garnered plenty of attention for Christian Gillette, the young dynamo chairman of the famous New York private equity firm Everest Capital. Now the reputation he has built taking Everest to the top has been noticed beyond the boardrooms of high finance–by powerful people with potentially devastating agendas.

Christian’s own attention is on Las Vegas, where he means to stake out a piece of the action by opening a new casino and launching an NFL franchise. But Sin City didn’t get its nickname for nothing, and the mob soon makes it clear that Christian’s company will have to pay if it wants to play in the nation’s gaming capital. Christian has already taken on corporate pirates and cold-blooded assassins and lived to tell about it, but crossing the underworld could do more than just kill his brilliant career. It could crush his chance to fulfill his late father’s political legacy.

Dynamic U.S. senator Jesse Ford is the odds-on favorite to make history as the first black president. And the man he wants beside him in the red-hot race for the White House is Christian Gillette. But Samuel Hewitt, a Texas mogul with billions to burn, has another fate in mind for Christian: to be part of a shadow organization, powered by wealth and bound by dark secrets that has manipulated the course of American history for generations.

As the pieces of Hewitt’s plot fall into place, and a twisted chain of intrigue, treachery, blackmail, and death gets tighter and tighter, Christian realizes–maybe too late–that in a grudge match between kingmakers hell-bent on victory at all costs, he may be the last pawn sacrificed.

With The Power Broker, bestselling author Stephen Frey unleashes an ever-accelerating thriller that breaks the suspense barrier–and never stops.


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Exposing governmental corruption, conspiracy, and murder has garnered plenty of attention for Christian Gillette, young chairman of the New York private equity firm Everest Capital. Now his reputation has been noticed beyond the boardrooms of high finance--by powerful people with potentially devastating agendas. Christian's own attention is on Las Vegas, where he means to open a new casino and launch an NFL franchise--but the mob makes it clear that Christian will have to pay if he wants to play. Meanwhile, Senator Jesse Ford is the favorite to make history as the first black president, and the man he wants beside him in the race for the White House is Christian Gillette. But a Texas mogul with billions to burn has another fate in mind for Christian: to be part of a shadow organization, powered by wealth, that has manipulated American history for generations.--From publisher description.… (more)

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