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No one knows the dark side of "The Street" better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards. A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Ev No one knows the dark side of "The Street" better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards. A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Everest Capital is aptly named. When its founder meets an untimely death, thirty-six-year-old superstar Christian Gillette gets the top job. But with the power and prestige come risks. The day he narrowly escapes a fiery explosion that consumes his limo and takes two innocent lives, Gillette instantly understands how intense those risks are. It comes as no surprise to him that he has enemies in the world of multibillion--dollar deals. But now that he controls Everest, he's not going to let those enemies keep him from taking the firm-and himself-to even greater heights. Gillette has never hesitated to be aggressive, even ruthless, in his pursuit of success. This time will be no exception. But in order to forge the alliances necessary to achieve his goals, Gillette forsakes a cardinal rule: Never trust anyone. The only certainties are the insidious campaign of corporate sabotage that could cost Gillette his job and the relentless assassination attempts that could cost him his life. To break a deadly conspiracy of greed, he'll be forced to walk-then run-an ever-blurring line between loyalty and betrayal, attack and retreat, survival and destruction . . . in the ultimate game of profit and loss. With The Chairman, Stephen Frey presides with intensified skill over the market he has so dramatically cornered-sharpening his patented brand of hard-boiled high-finance intrigue to its keenest cutting edge yet.


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No one knows the dark side of "The Street" better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards. A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Ev No one knows the dark side of "The Street" better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards. A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Everest Capital is aptly named. When its founder meets an untimely death, thirty-six-year-old superstar Christian Gillette gets the top job. But with the power and prestige come risks. The day he narrowly escapes a fiery explosion that consumes his limo and takes two innocent lives, Gillette instantly understands how intense those risks are. It comes as no surprise to him that he has enemies in the world of multibillion--dollar deals. But now that he controls Everest, he's not going to let those enemies keep him from taking the firm-and himself-to even greater heights. Gillette has never hesitated to be aggressive, even ruthless, in his pursuit of success. This time will be no exception. But in order to forge the alliances necessary to achieve his goals, Gillette forsakes a cardinal rule: Never trust anyone. The only certainties are the insidious campaign of corporate sabotage that could cost Gillette his job and the relentless assassination attempts that could cost him his life. To break a deadly conspiracy of greed, he'll be forced to walk-then run-an ever-blurring line between loyalty and betrayal, attack and retreat, survival and destruction . . . in the ultimate game of profit and loss. With The Chairman, Stephen Frey presides with intensified skill over the market he has so dramatically cornered-sharpening his patented brand of hard-boiled high-finance intrigue to its keenest cutting edge yet.

30 review for The Chairman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like an interesting plot. Maybe it is one that is better read than listened to because of two things. First, I know nothing about the financial world; so I was a little lost in what was occurring. Second, there were so many different characters presented quickly at the beginning, I had a problem keeping them straight. I will try another of Frey's books because others rate him highly, and maybe I'll learn enough about high finance to understand it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    A solid thriller. Took a little bit, but sucked me in. Many of the characters were a little too stereotypical; from central casting for wall st types. Many characterize Frey as Grisham for finance. Dead on. I really liked Stiles, the security guy. The main character could have been more heroic in my view. Still, it was fun and I'm sure I'll read more Frey in future--though I am in no rush.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    This was an uneven book. It had some good concepts with bad execution. The main character, Christian Gillette, becomes head of a major business when his predecessor dies. Christian inherits a lot of responsibility and a huge number of conspiracies swirling around him. He's supposed to be a master schemer and manipulator, yet manages to either miss or guess wrong on most of what goes on around him. The main character is niave on some fronts, and several of the concepts here don't make a lot of sens This was an uneven book. It had some good concepts with bad execution. The main character, Christian Gillette, becomes head of a major business when his predecessor dies. Christian inherits a lot of responsibility and a huge number of conspiracies swirling around him. He's supposed to be a master schemer and manipulator, yet manages to either miss or guess wrong on most of what goes on around him. The main character is niave on some fronts, and several of the concepts here don't make a lot of sense. One of the supporting characters, for example, was given the hook of being a junk food junkie, but then is eating something different every time we see him, including scenes minutes apart. Christian, the main character, sets up kidnappings, violates Federal reporting laws, but then has an issue with someone carrying lockpicks and using them. One of the antagonists is way over played as making people bow to his whims, including others calling him either "Mr." or by hsi first name utterly at random. Also, on the technical end, the author needs to do some more research. With guns, a clip and a magazine are not the same thing. I can't speak to the corporate games he depicts, but some of this seems a bit off.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashok Banker

    You would hardly expect a novel about equity fund managers to be a nail-biting edge-of-the-seat action-packed thriller, would you? This is Stephen Frey at the top of his game. The story starts with a funeral for a murdered man--and a car explosion attempting to kill his successor. And bang, the race is on. This is a terrific thriller, a quick, breathless read with never a wrong note or a dull moment. Maybe a tad too much machismo for me, but that is the world being portrayed after all, and peopl You would hardly expect a novel about equity fund managers to be a nail-biting edge-of-the-seat action-packed thriller, would you? This is Stephen Frey at the top of his game. The story starts with a funeral for a murdered man--and a car explosion attempting to kill his successor. And bang, the race is on. This is a terrific thriller, a quick, breathless read with never a wrong note or a dull moment. Maybe a tad too much machismo for me, but that is the world being portrayed after all, and people like these are apparently macho--even the women at times. There's little not to like. I couldn't put the book down till I finished it and that's not something I say about most thrillers since I first discovered Robert Ludlum as a coed. I am so definitely going to read the sequel The Protege and then go back and get the Freys I missed and hope they're all as good as this one. Terrific fun!

  5. 5 out of 5

    5ngela

    The first book that make me know about financial thriller. I love the story, it was complex but easy to be understood. Unlike some thriller novel, we don't know who is the bad guy. It give us some hints about who is the bad guy so you don't feel cheated. I like the ending because it was predictable and yet unpredictable at the same time. Cannot wait another book from Mr. Frey.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is one of his best novels. It is well written and full of excitement. A solid 9 of 10 stars!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom B

    *spoilers ahead* It was OK. Not a bad thriller, but a little too many weak points. One of the main issues I have with this story is how men find their downfall from having affairs with women: 1. Troy Mason, a guy who's worth 60 million dollars, can't control himself with women, knowing that he'll lose his job and share in the company when he gets caught. Especially now that his enemy is the new chairman. 2. The only reason Gilette is able to counter a plot against him is because the senator and pres *spoilers ahead* It was OK. Not a bad thriller, but a little too many weak points. One of the main issues I have with this story is how men find their downfall from having affairs with women: 1. Troy Mason, a guy who's worth 60 million dollars, can't control himself with women, knowing that he'll lose his job and share in the company when he gets caught. Especially now that his enemy is the new chairman. 2. The only reason Gilette is able to counter a plot against him is because the senator and presidential candidate is stupid enough to have an affair and let himself be photographed with the woman. Then you have the pop-star who turns spy, the Puerto Rican girl who turned assassin, the underdeveloped story line as to why the Hispanic men working working for Gillette, and the rushed ending where we go from shoot-out in a cabin in the woods to Gillette's desk in a heartbeat, where Whitman just disappears, together with the McGuire brothers (one of which was kidnapped by Gillette?), where Cohen just gets arrested and that's it... Just too many weak points that made the book worse than it should've been.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    The book was interesting. However I was not too far into it before there was a very graphic sex scene and shortly there after a woman taking off and throwing her clothes off the balcony. Really ? The book had plenty of action and certainly did not need this type of stuff to keep the reader interested. Too bad, I really wanted to read it, negatory - back to the library it went. Feed the lust and they will come, shame. Only about thirty pages before I stopped reading; I didn't want to fill my mind The book was interesting. However I was not too far into it before there was a very graphic sex scene and shortly there after a woman taking off and throwing her clothes off the balcony. Really ? The book had plenty of action and certainly did not need this type of stuff to keep the reader interested. Too bad, I really wanted to read it, negatory - back to the library it went. Feed the lust and they will come, shame. Only about thirty pages before I stopped reading; I didn't want to fill my mind with that sort of thing. Review says I read it twice; no, only once and only thirty pages or so.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zee

    The more I got into this book, the less I liked it. Its essential flaw is that the author tells instead of shows. It drags the pace to an even slower crawl. More frustrating are the explanations when none are needed, or at least not to the extent provided. There was extensive profanity and a few sexual situations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    The Chairman is a great financial thriller written by an author who really knows his stuff. Stephen Frey not only knows finance....he is a terrific storyteller and because of his skill, readers without financial expertise will be able to understand, learn from, and enjoy The Chairman. I thoroughly enjoyed, and highly recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    All I can say is wow! What an amazing, edge of your chair story from beginning to end! Each disk brought more twists and turns . . . kept me guessing nearly to the end when I finally figured out who the antagonist was. Intense suspense -- 9 out of 10 for me on this one!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rupesh Goenka

    Impressive style of writing & equally good story makes this financial thriller an enjoyable & exciting read. The novel portrays the manipulative & ugly side of the Wall street in the fight for power & money. FAST & FEROCIOUS. Impressive style of writing & equally good story makes this financial thriller an enjoyable & exciting read. The novel portrays the manipulative & ugly side of the Wall street in the fight for power & money. FAST & FEROCIOUS.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is one of his best novels. It is well written and full of excitement. A solid 9 of 10 stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    William

    Audio book: Excellent narration, well written, and the author gave you clues and solutions in a natural ambience. I will go on to book #2

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carl Alves

    The Chairman has a different setting than what I typically read. This novel takes place in the world of high finance. The story’s protagonist, Christian Gillette, is a young finance mogul, who has just taken over as the chairman of Everest Capital after the previous chairman died in an “accidental” drowning accident. An assassination attempt is made on Gillette as the limo he is about to enter gets firebombed. Gillette is undaunted with his ambitious plans for his company, as he tries to start a The Chairman has a different setting than what I typically read. This novel takes place in the world of high finance. The story’s protagonist, Christian Gillette, is a young finance mogul, who has just taken over as the chairman of Everest Capital after the previous chairman died in an “accidental” drowning accident. An assassination attempt is made on Gillette as the limo he is about to enter gets firebombed. Gillette is undaunted with his ambitious plans for his company, as he tries to start a new equity fund, which will make his company the largest of its kind in the world. While this is going on, he is trying to remove his competition and there is all kinds of sex, lies, and bad behavior going on. This novel was up and down for me. I liked the setting of the high finance world, and the characters were interesting. Some parts of the plot were a bit slow and there was a general lack of believability with much of the story line. A few times I had my head scratching at some of the plot holes. Still, it maintained my interest throughout. Carl Alves – author of The Invocation

  16. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 31, 2017 Narrator: Scott Brick Kept listening to the end but all the financial wheeling-dealing did go over my head when it got too technical. Despite my enjoying it, I couldn't quite suspend belief enough to get really sucked in - I've worked in the financial industry and yes, while I, and anyone else, can believe the greed that drives people, I have not seen the kind of murder and mayhem that occurs in this book. But then, I wasn't in the billion-dollar deals club so w REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 31, 2017 Narrator: Scott Brick Kept listening to the end but all the financial wheeling-dealing did go over my head when it got too technical. Despite my enjoying it, I couldn't quite suspend belief enough to get really sucked in - I've worked in the financial industry and yes, while I, and anyone else, can believe the greed that drives people, I have not seen the kind of murder and mayhem that occurs in this book. But then, I wasn't in the billion-dollar deals club so what do I know? I liked Christian Gillette despite being iffy about him at the start. He may be ruthless as a Wall St type but he still possesses compassion so I ended up, if not exactly rooting for him, then accepting him as the protagonist for this 4-book series. I have bought the others and uploaded them on my phone. Scott Brick did okay but I wanted more differentiation between the characters. It was hard to tell who was speaking.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Gottshalk

    About 75% of this book is snappy dialogue - and it’s believable, and the characters, although plentiful, were great and deliciously duplicitous. So why am I rating this book just three stars? As a public sector worker, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the BILLIONS of dollars being discussed on many, if not most, of the pages for these monstrously large equity firms. I could not connect to the levels of depravity these ultra-rich people would go to for more, more, more. The financial wor About 75% of this book is snappy dialogue - and it’s believable, and the characters, although plentiful, were great and deliciously duplicitous. So why am I rating this book just three stars? As a public sector worker, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the BILLIONS of dollars being discussed on many, if not most, of the pages for these monstrously large equity firms. I could not connect to the levels of depravity these ultra-rich people would go to for more, more, more. The financial world of the big city is back-stabbing world in which people are always angling to make even more money in top of the small investments from the little guys...like me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gerry Swimmer

    I read this book over a few days and it captured my interest. It is the story of a hedge fund leader who is tough and very start. He takes over the fund when the founder dies (murdered) and the firm reacts to his death. Many twists and turns and comes to a satisfying ending. I do not want to say any more because I do not want to spoil it. In conclusion when you think about it after book is finished you realize it really does not make much sense but it was fun while reading

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Whisenhunt

    I read constantely and I am very critical. This was an extremely good book. Good twists and turns. I liked the way he got to the meat of everything. No pussy-footing around. Got to the end of one thing, didn't explain what happened, and then went on to the next, and left it up to your imagination to fill in the blanks. If all his books are like this one, he will become my favorite author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Fillmore

    Cliff hanger! Great read. This kept my attention from the start and just built it throughout. Anyone who likes a good thrill ride with mystery should have this at the top of their list.

  21. 4 out of 5

    B K

    A little predictable at times. The over explaining was a bit annoying as well. Still, insightful and reads like a users manual to taking over a PE firm. Fun story, not sure if I'll read the rest in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I mostly enjoyed it but in sections it really lagged and was slow, hence the 3 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Overall I liked it but it seemed like he had to meet a deadline and the ending was too fast and too easy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bob Alger

    Really good story and great characters. A couple of loose ends at the end but well worth the read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Took a while to get into but turned out good. Will look for the rest of the series

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Thomas

    Good thriller

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cee Dee

    too gross and boys club

  28. 5 out of 5

    Segun

    Hyper entertaining! Well setup however the climax needed a little more (well) climax.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ======================================================== == DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE BOOK == == Notes to myself as I read the book == ======================================================== Bill Donovan started Everest 20 yrs ago. Managing partners: -Christian Gillette -Troy Mason -had a weakness for women -Ben Cohen -Nigel Faraday Managing directors: -Kyle Lefors -made it look like Marcie set up Troy -Marcie Reed -Strazzi bribed her to have the Dominion books cooked Fund VI ($ ======================================================== == DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE BOOK == == Notes to myself as I read the book == ======================================================== Bill Donovan started Everest 20 yrs ago. Managing partners: -Christian Gillette -Troy Mason -had a weakness for women -Ben Cohen -Nigel Faraday Managing directors: -Kyle Lefors -made it look like Marcie set up Troy -Marcie Reed -Strazzi bribed her to have the Dominion books cooked Fund VI ($6.5 billion) owns: -McGuire Security Svcs -Faith Cassidy's entertainment company *Tom & Vincent McGuire -Provided security for Everest, which owned their company *Richard Harris -CEO U.S.Petroleum -wants Laurel Energy -hit by bus *Miles Whitman -CIO of NAG, largest src of $ *Paul Strazzi -Chairman of Apex Capital, largest private equity firm *Senator George Stockman -affair w Rita Jones -helped Strazzi bring down Dominion S&L in exchange for support in his run for president. Stockman had tried to finagle support from Gillette in exchange for "a friend in Washington" but Gillette had refused. *Quentin Stiles -Gillette's personal security, hired after Tom McGuire asked Gillette to sell him back his company Agenda 1: Whitman had made some bad investments & needed to cover his losses before anyone found out. He learned that Laurel Energy (one of Everest's portfolio companies) was holding oil rich land. His plan was to buy Laurel cheaply, then sell to cover his losses. To do that, he needed to get someone amenable to selling installed as Chairman of Everest. -He first killed Donovan[I think. Or was it Stockman?], then promised Ben Cohen that he'd get rid of Gillette, making Cohen (as COO) chairman for at least 30 days. In exchange, Cohen would sell Laurel. -To get rid of Gillette, Whitman promised the McGuire brothers that he would purchase their company from Everest & give them 50% stake if they killed Gillette. -Whitman had the seismologist killed and switched the seismic tapes to make Laurel look like a bad investment. -He had the CEO of U.S.Petroleum killed to eliminate bidding competition. -After Strazzi convinced Mrs. Donovan to sell her stake in Everest, opening the door for Strazzi to become the chairman, Whitman had him killed. Agenda 2: Strazzi wanted to be the only game in town. He saw his opportunity after Donovan died. He figured that if he could get Donovan's widow to sell her 25% stake in Everest to him, he could get himself elected Chairman. To do that, he devised a plan to make Everest's portfolio look bad. -Strazzi offered Marcie Reed a lucrative position if she would convince someone at Dominion S&L to cook the books. Since she & Donovan were the only ones involved in that IPO, they could put the blame for wrongdoing on the dead man. -Strazzi swapped favors with Senator Stockman. Strazzi would throw money & support into Stockman's run for president, and Stockman would use his influence to have Dominion publicly investigated. -Coincidentally, Kyle Lefors schemed to get promoted to managing partner. He set up Troy Mason with a woman, then told Gillette, knowing that Gillette would fire Mason. [I'm not clear if Whitman was behind this or if Lefors did it on his own.] Strazzi took the opportunity to get more ammunition against Everest and hired Mason. After getting photos of Mason with another women, Strazzi threatened to tell Mason's wife unless he turned over private documents he'd taken from Everest. Interesting to Note: -Whitman warned Gillette that Strazzi would do ANYTHING to win, yet it was Whitman who was having everyone killed. -Whitman asked Gillette if he could trust the McGuires, yet Whitman hired the McGuires to kill Gillette. Questions: -Whose thumb was Ben Cohen under? Whitman's or Strazzi's? -Who was Strazzi's mole? Ben Cohen or Marcie Reed? -Who killed Donovan? Stockman because Donovan had something on him? Whitman because he wanted someone he could manipulate as Chairman? -Whose scheme was it to get Mason fired? -How did Faith Cassidy know there would be an attempt on Gillette's life that night? -Why did Gillette help Jose & his family in the first place?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. No one knows the dark side of “The Street” better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards. A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Everest Capital is aptly named. When its founder meets an untimely death, thirty-six-year-old superstar Christian Gillette gets No one knows the dark side of “The Street” better than master storyteller Stephen Frey, author of such riveting novels as Shadow Account and The Day Trader. Now, in his most ambitious work to date, Frey proves that no writer can put a high-powered hero at greater risk, nor offer readers more thrilling rewards. A towering legend among New York private equity partnerships, Everest Capital is aptly named. When its founder meets an untimely death, thirty-six-year-old superstar Christian Gillette gets the top job. But with the power and prestige come risks. The day he narrowly escapes a fiery explosion that consumes his limo and takes two innocent lives, Gillette instantly understands how intense those risks are. It comes as no surprise to him that he has enemies in the world of multibillion—dollar deals. But now that he controls Everest, he’s not going to let those enemies keep him from taking the firm–and himself–to even greater heights. Gillette has never hesitated to be aggressive, even ruthless, in his pursuit of success. This time will be no exception. But in order to forge the alliances necessary to achieve his goals, Gillette forsakes a cardinal rule: Never trust anyone. The only certainties are the insidious campaign of corporate sabotage that could cost Gillette his job and the relentless assassination attempts that could cost him his life. To break a deadly conspiracy of greed, he’ll be forced to walk–then run–an ever-blurring line between loyalty and betrayal, attack and retreat, survival and destruction . . . in the ultimate game of profit and loss. With The Chairman, Stephen Frey presides with intensified skill over the market he has so dramatically cornered–sharpening his patented brand of hard-boiled high-finance intrigue to its keenest cutting edge yet. The murders were planned by a friend of Christian's who wanted his company. Many of the people in the company helped the bad guy. Don't know if his body guard lived or died.

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