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The Millionaires [Mass Market Paperback]

Brad Meltzer
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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Oct. 1 2011
Two brothers. Three secret service agents. And millions for the taking. Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene and Greene, a private bank so exclusive there's a $2 million minimum to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, the brothers are presented with an offer they can't refuse: $3 million in an abandoned account that can't be traced. It's the perfect victimless crime. Charlie and Oliver opt to take the money, but get much more than they bargained for. Now, with a lot of extra zeroes in their pockets and a friend found dead, the Secret Service and a female private investigator are closing in. Whose money did they take? How will they stay alive? And why is the Secret Service trying to kill them? Both Charlie and Oliver quickly realize it's not easy being The Millionaires.

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What would you steal if you couldn't get caught? That's the tag line of Brad Meltzer's new thriller, which pits an ambitious young money manager against a corporate villain, whose intricate financial shenanigans accidentally put a huge chunk of dough right in front of a man who desperately needs it. Of course Oliver Caruso's conscience troubles him, but that doesn't keep him from letting his somewhat looser and less ethical brother convince him this is too good an opportunity to pass up. Meltzer's in interesting territory here, but in order to buy his premise, you have to believe that it's OK to steal if you have a good enough reason. This makes his protagonist, who narrates the novel, hard to root for and less than sympathetic. Despite this hollow ring, the book is nicely plotted and should please the author's enthusiastic fan club. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This giddy fourth thriller by Meltzer (The First Counsel) mixes up banking, cyber-theft and Disney World in a fast-paced, fresh-scrubbed tale of financial adventure. Oliver Caruso is sweating out some scut work for Henry Lapidus, bigwig at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive clients require $2 million just to open an account. When Oliver and his younger brother, Charlie, find proof that Lapidus has been sabotaging Oliver's career plans, the brothers conspire to rip off the lingering balance from a deceased client's account. Silly boys! Not only is the local security goon Shep (formerly Secret Service) already chiseling in on their scam, the real Secret Service thugs are on the case almost immediately. The $3 million the Carusos swiped has somehow cybernetically blossomed overnight to over $300 million. Desperate to clear their names, the boys escape to Florida, following the money to the daughter of the deceased millionaire, a former tech wizard for Disney with a secret invention everyone in this book would happily kill for. The ins and outs of how to steal money that isn't really there makes for an interesting premise if you don't think about it too much, but two flaws detract from the action. First, the narrative POV jumps too often from one character to the next and from present tense to past, making for a choppy read. Second, the novel's juvenile flavor from the PI who bluffs her way into a building by claiming to be searching for her mother's favorite sock to the hapless schoolboy dialogue ("You touched her cookies, didn't you?") loudly proclaims its Hardy Boys heritage. (Jan. 8)Forecast: Meltzer's legion of fans will jump-start sales of his latest, prompted by massive television, print, radio and transit advertising campaigns and a 12-city author tour.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A promise that soured Sept. 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first chapters were very promising. The author managed to give me a wonderful flavour of the two main characters, but alas...
The pace is frenetic but past page 200 the wonderful characters start becoming flat, a run and chase thriller that I could not seem to embrace.
I became more and more disinterested in the plight of the brothers. Two supposedly brilliant minds who quite never caught up to the vast "conspiracy" surrounding them, even when it was as clear as glass just wiped with Windex.
I can't quite come up with a solid reason why this story didn't draw me in... for that I'll give it 3 stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Millionaires was not up to par June 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read Meltzer's The First Counsel and found it a fast paced enjoyable read. The Millionaires, while an easy read, just did not grab me. I found the interplay between the brothers Oliver and Charlie, somewhat sophmoric. While I don't recall getting their ages, this read more like a Hardy Boys novel than a taut thriller. Many of the sub plots defied credibility. How these two 'boys' go up against two secret service men just doesn't cut it - neither is close to a Jason Bourne type.
Just did not seem near the level of Greg Iles, or even Stehpen Coonts (whose books I was reading concurrently).
I may try another Meltzer novel just to see if this was an anomaly or more typical of his fare.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Same June 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The dialogue and the plot is not much different from "The Tenth Justice", so if you like that it is fine. Otherwise I found it to be without much new thinking and creativity.
If you have the choice, read something else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, nothing earth-shattering April 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a financial thriller, this is an okay book, but nothing outstanding. I mostly enjoyed reading it because it moved fairly quickly.
The positives: Quick and painless; Different subject; Exploration of the "gray" areas of crime (when you think no one can get hurt, does that make it right?).
The negatives: Dialogue is a bit too cliche at times; Meltzer still has some work to do to perfect his craft as a writer; Unbelievable plot (but that's okay for a quick and painless read); Flat characterization (the villains) or over characterization (the main characters) a bit annoying at times.
Overall, neither bad nor good. Just okay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars a decent read March 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my fisrt Metzger book and it was an enjoyable read. The book grabs you from the get go but tends to drag towards the end. I found myself wondering when is this book going to end. The story was good and I enjoyed oliver and Charlie very much, brothers always come first. I found the Duckworth secret a bit confusing but it all worked out in the end. This book could of been a little shorter but I enjoyed it none the less. The Secret Service tie in and Joey make this book very interesting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Millionaires today March 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is my first Metzer novel. I listened to the unabridged version. The narrator was great.
The first section of the book caught my attention. The initial setup and reasoning was first rate.
The first serious flaw came when the brothers instead of getting out of the country and enjoy the immense wealth are determined to find out more about the account they stole from. WHY!!!!
The book became very bogged down about a third of the way through it. The storyline became totally unbelievable.
The Secret Service is made to look like rank amateurs. The love interest in the story was telegraphed so far in advance a first grader could figure out that she was part of the initial group stealing the money.
Two timid brothers have as much chance of pulling off this caper as someone winning the lottery on the first ticket purchased.
Metzer continues the hyper writing to the end. In the process, he rips off at least three movies that had Disney as the scene of the climax.
The ending of the story is very unsatisfactory. Don't waste your time with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TELLING SPIN ON BOARDROOM CRIME March 8 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Millionaires," Meltzer's fourth thriller takes us into the rarefied world of million dollar banking, cyber pyrotechnics, and then to of all places Disney World. It's a fast paced romp that will please this imaginative writer's fans.
Oliver Caruso is in the employ of one of Manhattan's most upscale banks, Greene & Greene. The institution is so select that two million is needed just to achieve the status of client. Oliver's been toiling for Henry Lapidus, an exec at this financial palace. Regrettably, Lapidus doesn't appreciate Oliver's ministrations and is attempting to scuttle his minion's career plans. What's the poor guy to do? He enlists the aid of his younger brother, Charlie, who has problems staying gainfully employed. The pair decide to take three million dollars sitting in an abandoned account. They'll soon be living the life of Riley - if Riley had a seven figure deposit in an offshore bank, that is.
What a piece of a cake - with a very rich icing. They've found the perfect crime. Problem is, make that plural, problems are that somehow the original three million has undergone a cyberspace evolution and become $300 million. Not only that but some others at Greene & Greene had their own plans for the funds in this abandoned account, and someone is found dead.
Now the bros are really in hot water. The local authorities are after them as is the Secret Service. However, they do manage to get to Florida, attempting to follow the money to the daughter of the account's late owner. Said owner was a techno wiz for Disney, a mind boggling inventor. As amazing as the wiz's invention is, it's really nothing compared to what Oliver and Charlie eventually discover in this page-turner of a tale.
Those with an interest in high and low finance will find enjoyment aplenty in "The Millionaires." Meltzer fans will revel in their author's latest spin on boardroom crime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Storyline with Weak Characters and Confusion
Unlike Meltzer's other books, The Millionaires is choppy reading. The story line is basically good - young up and comer at a private bank rationalizes stealing a million and gets... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, but not perfect
Meltzer delivers a solid thriller. The last half of the book was very entertaining and kept you turning the pages. I recommend reading it yourself! Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Admirably entertaining
Two brother, Oliver and Charlie Caruso attempt to pull off the perfect crime-- transfer funds in the private bank in which they are employed from an account of a dead man to an... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by Larry
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Money!
This book is an excellent thriller that has you wondering what will happen next. Charlie and Oliver Caruso both work for an exclusive bank dealing with some of the world's richest... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by James N Simpson
2.0 out of 5 stars deeply flawed and fast read
This book starts out strong and engaging with a fast moving storyline but it quickly turns into a contrived work. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Meltzer delivers another solid thriller / mystery.
I first bumped into this author by listening to an abridged version of 'First Counsel,' which I think, to date, has been one of the best audiobook thriller experiences I've... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Jonathan Burgoine
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