The dollar crashes, driving America to the abyss. Comes a man, reluctantly, but a world-class fixer, who saves the day with the Blue Dollar. The story spans events from America to Europe to Asia, and back again. Memorable stratagems and moments fill the fast-moving plot of this thriller. You'll rememeber Culhane, the inventer of the Blue Dollar and Andrea Warren who sttod with him. More
Rushton Culhane is owed nine tons of gold by the U.S. government, which is reneging on its promise to pay. Washington, panicked, caught up in the throes of a crisis, is guarding every milligram of gold in its coffers. Culhane had managed a massive, tricky series of trades to gain the U.S. much needed strategic materials needed by the military. Having gone out on a limb, a long way out, he's now been stiffed by his own government. Still, there’s more to it. Culhane, who possesses a top-notch reputation as an international trader, is a sorely needed talent as the nation grapples with its crisis. By withholding the gold, the government means to lure him to Washington, in the belief he might help the threatened nation restore its defenses.
Defenses that are tottering due to political gutting and cutbacks, and Culhane seems the best bet to trade the U.S.'s scarce resources for vital materials needed by the imploding nation.
Backed into a corner, dueling with financial ruin, choiceless, he grudgingly signs on.
After decades of unbridled spending, America is so debt-plagued the dollar has predictably crashed. Worth a near nothing now. A nation born in the cauldron of strife and hope, yet a rock of its age, is now seemingly in a death spiral. Daily, the stakes increase; daily, desperation mounts.
Russia, meanwhile, is licking its chops. And they are not alone, for most of Europe stands against us, having been enticed by an oil-rich Moscow, upon whom Europe is fuel-dependent, to join in a scheme to rule half the world. A non-American world, at that; indeed, a world poised to banish America to the sidelines.
In Washington, Courmaine finds a quagmire of disarray. The government is functioning in fits and starts, or sometimes not at all. It is a go-it-alone situation against odds that seem insurmountable. Tragedy soon strikes, and not for the only time.
Culhane, born of a Honolulu call-girl, trained in his youth as a comprador in Hong Kong, is a good-hearted man but something of a loner by choice, relying on himself, his instincts, his own capacities to contend with life. As a trader, he's cold, he's calculating. At times, he wonders what he really owes a country that has welshed on him so egregiously. Still, he is of the Shang-Magan, that known yet arcane group, who, only five in number, are the most elite backroom fixers and traders of all. It is they who manage much of the world's flow of materials that make the wheels turn, and the markets tick.
So, he does what he must...
The action covers a lot of ground. In America, in Europe, in China—as he contrives ways to load the dice in favor of the America that has imperiled him.
You'll not soon forget Culhane, nor Andrea Warren, the newspaper journalist who stands at his side in the grueling duel for America's future. True to his calling, he does what all the iconic compradors always did: "...hit it dead solid perfect..." and in ways guaranteed to keep you gripped and wondering! Especially, when he invents the Blue Dollar maneuver...
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