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on Oct. 13, 2013 :
Once upon a Thatcher Time, opens with the death of a fisherman; an uncle to Nick the main character that we follow. As the plot progresses, Nick finds himself manipulated by money hungry individuals, powerful politicos and those seeking revenge for crimes of the past which draws Nick into his own moral maze.
Author Steve Taylor makes good use of his career in finance and readers are taken on a journey of exploration in the world of economical commerce and business corporations. All the major characters are well drawn, with reasonable flaws and the author captivates and brings to life France and its culture, all in a thrilling story of an elusive search for justice.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2013 :
This is a hybrid of a novel; on the one hand it is a conventional thriller involving murder and drug running, but it is also a story of high finance and the shadowy dealings of big business. It explores the underbelly of the Thatcher years, and, like all good, stories, Stephen asks the question - "What If." What if a major national trading company, whose chairman is at the heart of government - a cabinet minister and President of The Board of Trade, is founded on criminality and drug running, and then that money has been used to take advantage of the Thatcher years of greed and the unrestricted free market economics to become a national name. What on the surface is the height of respectability is, in fact, anything but. The story is told through the eyes of Nick Beverley who, on his 25th birthday, inherits shares from his late uncle who had apparently been lost at sea in 1970. He goes to work for the company and at first he is a willing convert to these Thatcherite principles. But then he starts to piece together the company's dark past and the fact that his uncle was murdered. This is an adult involved story, and is gripping because of that. I've not previously read anything that explores these themes. This book is something out of the ordinary and was the most refreshing read because of that. It makes a change from Georgian pugilists anyway!
(reviewed long after purchase)