The Ascendant

The Ascendant

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Simon and Schuster
“Warfare goes digital in movie and TV writer Drew Chapman’s fast-moving debut, a high-stakes thriller that pits the online might of China against that of the United States” (Publishers Weekly) as reluctant patriot Garrett Reilly races around the globe to avert total war.

Numbers don’t lie…Not according to Garrett Reilly who, just two weeks past his twenty-sixth birthday, thinks he’s probably the best bond analyst at his brokerage, maybe the best in all of lower Manhattan. Garrett’s memory for numbers is photographic. But he doesn’t just memorize numbers: he sorts them, ranks them, senses patterns.

As he watches buy and sell numbers float across his computer monitor, Garrett notices what nobody else can: that US Treasury bonds are being sold off at an alarming rate. Two hundred billion dollars worth. It’s a discovery that Garrett knows will make him stinking rich.

But then the US military arrives at his office and Garrett’s life is thrown into free fall. Captain Alexis Truffant explains that Garrett has stumbled on something bigger and scarier than he could have ever imagined: the first attack in a covert war of unthinkable proportions. Garrett begins to link a series of seemingly unrelated—and very dangerous—events that start in New York, but continue to Las Vegas, Oregon, and all lead back to rural China. Suddenly, Garrett is the only one left standing between an unknown enemy and the very security of our country. The only problem? Numbers don’t lie…but sometimes governments do.

The Hunt for Red October meets HackersAscendant is a must-read for international thriller fans” (Booklist, starred review). “This is a wild ride through the headlines of our times” (Kirkus Reviews).

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476725895
Branch Call Number: FIC Chapm
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2015

This book showed up in my recommendations and I decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise. Very original plot, engaging characters, and action-filled plot. If the author plays his cards right, he may have a long-lived series in his hands

Nov 09, 2015

I found this author to be much, much superior to Lee Child [contradicting a previous commenter] - - with Child, I forget the book immediately afterwards, like so much cotton candy for the mind, whereas this novel was far more entertaining and creative, also reflecting the most current of times!
The book cover says it's a thriller and it was!
Excellent premise, excellent plot and carry through . . .

Jan 11, 2015

Not a bad first novel but it is not something I would recommend.
Drew Chapman is not yet in the same league as Lee Child, John Sandford or Lawrence Block but I think he's got the potential to do better.
Kudos to Drew Chapman and his team for their thorough research on the language, culture and geography of China with one tiny exception.
On page 428 (end of chapter 81), Chapman wrote: "The descriptive tags on the page were in Mandarin. ... Cherise didn't read Mandarin ..." Chapman's researchers should have informed him that Mandarin is an ORAL Chinese dialect and had been the official Chinese ORAL dialect since the start of the 20th century. It is NOT a written dialect/language. There is only ONE Chinese written language with two sets of ideograms (traditional and the corresponding simplified versions.) Regardless of a Chinese speaking person's local dialect, their written language remains consistent.

Dec 18, 2014

Fantastic read. Unable to put it down, devoured in one sitting. I highly recommend this one.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"China's been attacking the U.S. in ways that leave the American defence system flat-footed and off-kilter. Not only has the power grid been compromised, but financial markets from government bonds to Las Vegas real estate have crumbled. That's where bond analyst Garrett Reilly comes in. His photographic memory and ability to see patterns where others can't make him a new breed of hero and one the U.S. military desperately needs in this new kind of warfare. With high stakes, plenty of action, complex technology, and some outstanding characters, this debut has plenty to offer fans of international thrillers." Thrillers and Suspense February 2014 newsletter

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