Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: The Ascendant by Drew Chapman

Book Review:  The Ascendant by Drew Chapman
The Ascendant by Drew Chapman

Numbers don’t lie. Not according to Garrett Reilly who, just two weeks past his twenty-sixth birthday, thinks he’s probably the best bond analyst at his brokerage - maybe even the best in all of Manhattan. Garrett’s memory for numbers is photographic. But he doesn’t just memorize them; he sorts them, ranks them, senses patterns in them. As he watches buy and sell numbers float across his Bloomberg terminal, Garrett notices what nobody else can: that US Treasury bonds are being sold off at an alarming rate - two hundred billion dollars’ worth. It’s a discovery that he knows will make him incredibly rich.

Then the United States military arrives at his office, and Garrett’s life is blown to pieces. As Captain Alexis Truffant explains, Garrett has stumbled upon something much larger - and scarier - than he could have imagined: the first attack in a covert war of unthinkable proportions. His biggest problem? Numbers don’t lie…but governments can.

In this taut and cunning novel, Drew Chapman takes readers into a scenario that is eerily plausible and utterly terrifying - an unconventional war capable of bringing a superpower to its knees. The Ascendant is a brilliant new twist on the art of the white-knuckle thriller. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This was a fascinating read, with each chapter reading like another piece of the puzzle, gradually building towards the final, big picture! Incredibly well written, I was sucked into the story and couldn't wait to see what happened next!

The story is told by several narrators, with each chapter labeled with the location, date, and time. It seems to be a linear timeline, but I didn't pay too much attention to the date/times. Every chapter is from a different viewpoint, but the puzzle pieces fit together nicely and it's easy to keep track of the plot.

Garrett is one of the main characters and a bit of a jerk, but a genius when it comes to recognizing patterns. And it may be a stereotype, but jerkiness seems to go hand & hand with genius.

Without giving too much away, Garrett is soon embroiled in an unconventional situation, making full use of his unique ability to find patterns and think outside of the box. Part of what made the story so fascinating is that it could be true!

While not my usual genre, I found the story compelling and about halfway through, I couldn't put it down! Strong, believable characters with a plausible plot, I think this is a worthwhile read for anyone in search of a good book!

ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. I used to read books like this all the time. One day I'll probably get back into this genre. Sounds good.

  2. As interesting as this sounds I'm not convinced its a read I'd particularly enjoy. Still, never say never as as you say it wasn't your usual type of read either.

  3. This does sound really interesting. I don't mind books with various narrators either, especially if it's easy to follow and it sounds like this one works!

  4. Glad it was something that worked for you when outside of your normal genre.

  5. Hmm, this is a new one to me. Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. This sounds really good! I love numbers and government type books. Not sure how I feel about each chapter having a different narrator but I will give it a shot!