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by Endeavour Press Ltd, 9 November 2017. ISBN:978-1549968136 (PB)
The author spent
many years working in a global investment bank and this, his debut novel,
features a fast-moving chase for a cunning cyber terrorist bent, for personal
reasons, on crippling the bank’s infrastructure and bringing it to its knees in
a gross act of sabotage.
protagonist Chris Peters, a very senior IT professional is responsible for the
bank’s entire network and in a race against time must prevent the system from
catastrophic meltdown from which the bank could never recover.He’s on the trail of the perpetrator, who he’s
certain is an insider, after some nail biting incidents in the US and Hong Kong
that he dismisses as freak occurrences, portend that there’s worse on the
horizon. Chris himself comes under suspicion;
trust between top key colleagues wears thin threatening to undermine the
day-to-day business of the bank.
action switches between Sana’a in 2007, where a member of a local family goes
missing and a huge ransom is demanded, and London in 2012 with the two strands
entwining at the end of the story.
book is thoroughly researched, the plot well-crafted and suspenseful and the
illustration of the inner workings of the bank gripping. Characters, especially the men, are entirely credible
as is the account of the souring relationship between the protagonist and his
wife caused by his consuming obsession to nail the baddiebehind
it all. Dialogue is the author’s strong
point and flows well. All in all, the novel is a promising start to a writing
Stephen Norman spent 20 years at the forefront of
Investment banking IT. He has worked in financial centres across the world –
London, Hong Kong, New Yorkand Tokyo. In 2012 he left the world of finance to
focus on writing. Trading Down is his first novel.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicals then
turned her hand to fiction. Having published nine novels all, bar one,
hardwired with a romantic theme, she has also written short stories and
accounts of her explorations off the beaten track that feature on her blog. A
tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work in progress. Thrillers, crime and
mystery narratives, collecting old masks and singing are a few of her favourite