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Crash : a novel
1st ed.
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316 pages ; 25 cm.
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With debt-burdened governments and businesses worldwide about to go bust, a cabal of Wall Street big shots plot to destroy the globe's stock exchanges. To provide that one thing that goes wrong. In 24 hours, a powerful computer worm will smash the exchanges and spark an international panic, pushing a debt-laden world into the abyss. The Wall Street gang's investment bank will be the last one standing, able to make a killing amid the ruins. But one person, who works for their bank as a computer expert, spots the worm embedded deep in its network. Cassy Levin invents a program to destroy the cyber-intruder. Angered by Cassy's discovery, her bosses order her kidnapping. Her boyfriend, a former Navy SEAL, is alarmed at Cassy's disappearance and unravels the plot. Ben Whalen only has until the next morning to save the woman he loves and prevent the economic apocalypse.


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Many leading economic authorities are predicting a global financial collapse within the next two to three years. Now acclaimed, awarding-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist David Hagberg, and renowned financial reporter Lawrence Light, have combined forces to dramatize-- hour by hour--how this global collapse will go down. Expect to see them discussing this nightmare scenario on TV and podcasts.In 36 hours, a small group of international business tycoons will obliterate the world economy. They have found allies in China, as the West has imposed economic sanctions that threaten to plunge their country into bankruptcy, and China is determined to fight fire with fire. Their hackers will shut down the East Coast electrical grid in unison with America's economic meltdown, and mercenary hit teams will assassinate the heads of the three biggest Wall Street banks, along with the U.S. Treasury secretary.Only one person spots a glitch in the US Stock Exchange computers: SEC computer expert Cindy David. Her warnings sound on deaf ears, however, and she only has time to inform her friend Hank Harris before she is kidnapped by the mercenaries.A former Navy Seal turned FBI employee, Harris has a day and a half to unravel the plot, save the economy, and, most importantly to him, save his friend. Because once the crash starts to go down, nothing can be done to stop it. The Second Great Depression will begin.

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David Hagberg was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force and was trained as a cryptographer. During his career, he was stationed in Greenland and in Germany. He studied physics, mathematics and philosophy at the University of Maryland, Overseas Division and the University of Wisconsin. He worked as a cub reporter on the Duluth Herald and News-Tribune and as a news desk editor for the Associated Press. His first novel, Twister, was published in 1975. He has written over 70 suspense novels including The White House, Joshua's Hammer, Desert Fire, and High Flight. He won three Mystery Scene Magazine Best American Mystery awards for Countdown, Crossfire, and Critical Mass. His Sean Flannery novel, The Kremlin Letter, was also nominated for an American Book Award.

David Hagberg passed away on September 8, 2019 at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This financial thriller from bestseller Hagberg (the Kirk McGarvey series) and financial journalist Light, a sometimes uneasy mix of Wall Street business and hard core action, presents a frightening doomsday scenario. Cassy Levin works in cybersecurity at the Manhattan headquarters of Burnham Pike, the nation's premier investment bank, and has discovered a computer worm that she believes will destroy BP's system and then spread to trading floors worldwide. Meanwhile, top executives at BP, who introduced the worm, and Spencer Nast, the American president's White House chief adviser on economic affairs, are plotting to crash the world economy, starting with the New York Stock Exchange, in order to enrich themselves. Cassy, who can't get anyone at BP to listen to her, confides in her fiancé, former Navy SEAL Ben Whalen, shortly before the bad guys kidnap her. Ben's efforts to rescue Cassy ratchet up the suspense. Readers should be prepared for some mini-economics lessons, including an afterword on the "debt bomb" by Light. The novel's awkward structure undercuts its sobering message. Agent: Susan Gleason, Susan Gleason Literary. (Apr.)

Booklist Review

The folks who gave you the Great Recession, when people prospering one day were eating cat food the next, are still beavering away, according to this oddly structured thriller. "Oddly structured" because the heroes are introduced in the opening pages--cybersecurity pro Cassy Levin, whose integrity has been a career drawback, and her lover, former Navy SEAL Ben Whalen. Then they all but disappear as the authors take us inside the fictional Burnham Pike, "the nation's premier investment bank," and make us endure yards of tedious disquisitions on the financial markets. It's clear that Burnham execs have come up with a global scam to short sell stock, deflate its value, then clean up on the ruins. Cassy catches on, and her attempts to thwart the scheme--followed by their attempts to kill her--turn the last half of the novel into a grade-A thriller. Hagberg has had spooky success as a prophet, writing about the felling of the Twin Towers and the killing of Osama bin Laden before they happened. If you own stocks, hunker down.