I "discovered" Peter Ralph October of 2014 as a result of a read and review offer for "The CEO". It was a good match and so I was more than ready to sign on again this past January to review the sequel "Revenge of the CEO" These first two books were heavy on finance and based in Australia.. It was interesting to find that fraud and sleaze were similar wherever you were.
Peter Ralph has finished a new book and I have had the opportunity to read it for free for an honest review. It is again about finance but located in San Francisco. You don't have to have a background in investing to appreciate this book. It would be helpful if you know about Bernard Madoff .
When I was in the business world I had a trainer who stated " People buy for three reasons Fear, Need and Greed" This tale supports this premise in an easy to understand form.
The story opens with a question mark . " I wondered what Toby Evert's last thoughts were as he fell from the sixteenth floor of San Francisco's Mercantile Building." I was in with both feet (or eyes) to find the answer.
The author sets the scene, introduces the main characters, and plants a few "red herrings" along the way. Soon you will know who the bad guys are and be rooting for the good guys to take them down. I found it hard to stop reading .
I anticipate another Josh Kennelly adventure in time. I look forward to more by Peter Ralph no matter what the subject or the length of the book.
I have read Peter Ralphs book and it brought many emotions to me as I have experienced some of the illnesses and problems connected with gas rigs. Peter created a book of fiction but the reality of it was amazing. He did his research. It almost seemed like he himself had suffered the indignities of illnesses and destruction of property and that is why the book became real to me as I lived through many of his scenarios in this book. I cried and became angry while reading it. It was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what really goes on in the whole world with wealthy people and politicians in the pockets of gas and oil companies. This is a book taking place in Australia but the United States has been in this fight a very long time. And we all will be fighting for many years to come. Please read Peter Ralph's book Dirty Fracking Business, and learn the real truth. Also you will enjoy it while learning.
I received this book free for an honest review. What a fantastic read!
The Revenge of the CEO is a sequel to The CEO. The CEO was centered around a character named Douglas Aspine guilty of white collar crimes. Douglas Aspine was the CEO for Mercury Properties who is eventually sent to jail for a crime he did NOT commit. Although The Revenge of the CEO is the sequel that can act as a standalone book since all the characters are reintroduced, what a disservice to yourself if you don't read The CEO first. As with The CEO this book is fast paced, keeps the reader engaged and very hard to put down. As much as I admired Douglas Aspine's intelligence and cunningness in The CEO and felt his imprisonment unfair, his acts of revenge in the sequel were profoundly malevolent especially towards the son of Kerry and Jasmine.
I literally held my breath through a good third of, The CEO. The author plunged me into a world I know next to nothing about (the boardroom and backroom goings on of corporate finance) and inside the mind of a man who could well have been the devil's incarnate, wearing an expensive suit and racing around the streets of Melbourne in a red Ferreira.
Though I am uneducated when it comes to the wheeling and dealing of the upper echelon of corporate executive officers, the author made the going a breeze with his wealth of detail put forth in clear, easy prose. If that weren't challenge enough, he manages the feat while never losing sight of the fact that he's telling a story and the very human (good and bad) qualities of his characters is never lacking.
The reader witnesses the main character, Douglas Aspine, wrack havoc in the lives of most everyone he encounters. He amasses huge sums of money and moves it effortlessly around the globe from one highly sheltered account to another. Nothing fazes this guy, no amount of pressure or short-term stumbling block gets in his way. His single-mindedness and confidence in his own ability to pull off just about anything becomes totally enthralling. It is like watching a train headed full-speed towards the end of the tracks that just happen to hang over a deep ravine while the engineer drinks a cup of coffee and causally reads a newspaper. You simply can't drag your eyes away.
Though Aspine is self-centered and self-serving to the core, the author allows us ever-so-slight glimpses of what's left of Aspine's conscience and in this way saves his main character from becoming a complete caricature of evil. Aspine warns his son to be careful travelling in South-East Asia, the drug laws and penalties imposed for breaking those laws are not to be taken lightly. Aspine feels remorse and guilt for his baser sexual behaviour.
What I found most fascinating was the ways in which the weaknesses of the people around Aspine were so easily manipulated. This isn't a simple morality tale or story of black and white, good and bad, though upon first glimpse it may seem so. Aspine turns out to be just one marker on a whole continuum of greed and amorality.
The ending, which after a certain point begins to seem inevitable, may satisfy many readers but left me unwilling to think that all was well. Perhaps the obligation to do the right thing should not rest on how deserving or undeserving the recipient of that action might be.
The CEO is a totally captivating book and I suspect most readers will bite the hook, be drawn in and not be able to put the book down until the final page has been turned.
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
Not having experience of the jargon and workings of the stock exchange or brokerage firms I was a bit lost at first.
On the whole this book was a brilliant read. Once I got an understanding of the jargon, the book was hard to put down. It was well written and the plot was well constructed.
Brilliant and unexpected twist.
Pass the Sugar, the auto-biography of 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem, co-authored by Peter Ralph, is an entertaining but unpolished recounting of the life and times of the Lebanese-born Australian whose unexpected surge to the 2005 WSOP title set a sports-mad country on its ear. The book, of course, is titled after the catchphrase that Hachem used for years and made famous in his run to victory, where his “mates” cheered every big pot he claimed with elated cries of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!”
Pass the Sugar is the second biography of a Main Event winner to appear this decade, following 2005’s Moneymaker, by Chris Moneymaker with Daniel Paisner. As with Moneymaker, Hachem’s climb from anonymity to a level of international fame spreading far beyond the poker world itself is an extended story ripe for the telling; the disappointment is that the book itself falls somewhat short of its promise – what could have been a great tale is here just something adequate, like a photo of a scenic panorama rendered dull by a camera lens not quite focused.
The book is essentially an assemblage of first-person narratives by Hachem and others, beginning its story in medias res at the moment that would truly change Hachem’s life – when he sat down for his heads-up duel against eventual runner-up Steven Dannenmann for the title. From there the first half of the book, titled “Part One – The Main Event,” intersperses Hachem’s run through the 2005 WSOP with flashbacks (and occasional flashforwards) designed to flesh out the character of this intriguing Aussie with an interesting background who suddenly and literally found himself center stage. The poker part of the story works well; the character expansion, somewhat less. What emerges is an incomplete picture of what surely is one of the poker world’s most complex characters… but with that character posed, seemingly, for the cameras.
I finished this book a couple of days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. Normally, I’m a "traditional" mystery buff. Still, I couldn't put “Blood Gold…” down. I’m a real Peter Ralph fan,and so far, this was my favorite of his works. The author’s impressive knowledge of global high finance combined with his research into a frightening and bloody time in a small country's strife-torn history makes for a really compelling story. His feel for the land and its people is amazing, and I couldn't help thinking as I was reading it that I was not only being entertained, but I was also getting an education about things most people (including me) tend to be ignorant of or look the other way --- if I'm warm and safe, no need to concern myself with the rest of the world. A super likable hero who, along with his devoted allies, risks all for the sake of his people. Highly recommended
I spent the past 3 years trying to land a BookBub deal with no luck. After reading this book, I realized I was using a category that made it very difficult for my book to be accepted. I decided to switch to a category where my book would stand a better chance, based on the information in this book. Soon after reading The Magic of BookBub and making this change, I applied for a BookBub ad, and my book was accepted. Was it The Magic of BookBub that made the difference? It's impossible to know. But I'm glad I bought this book and found out what I'd been doing wrong. I plan to re-read it to make sure I make the best decisions when I apply again in the future.
Just finished this fascinating book and just had to share my impressions. It’s no wonder Mr. Ralph is one of my favorite authors. This was a story to keep you up nights. I love to learn “stuff,” and, as usual with one of this author’s works, the story is backed up by impeccable research. Our hero and his allies are faced with a merciless “dragon” in the form of a national union. I was not only educated about corrupt unions (our American history is checkered with these), I was also entertained and captivated by a good, but flawed man and his allies who are willing and able to confront and outwit an insurmountable foe. Well done!