Have you read 'The Fear Index' by Robert Harris?

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Have you read ‘The Fear Index’ by Robert Harris?

 

If you have been keeping up with the Wall Street Meltdown in 2008 you will have a clear understanding how it happened and who was the cause of it. Have I got your attention? Well Robert Harris had mine I read this book in three days and if I did not need to conduct Real Estate, show properties, present proposals for listings and write blog posts I would have read it in one day!

 

As a loyal fan of Robert Harris’s books it was easy for me to pick up the book and feel confident that it will be worth the money & the read! As some of you know, I have mentioned a few of his books that are must read: (‘The Ghost’ US ed. British ed. “The Ghost Writer”; “Fatherland” & “Pompeii” to name a few) and of course Special mention is needed for “Archangel”(http://actvra.in/x8v  )

Robert Harris writer of the Fear Index

 

Not wanting to be a spoiler: Science, Technology, Super Computers, Thinking computers and Greedy Economists, Scientists all mixed together is the story. Is it believable? If we did not have the problem in 2008 at Wall Street, (when they had to stop the stock market trading so we would not have a meltdown of the stock market), I would say the story is ‘Not believable’ it is way too ‘Futuristic’. Now that we know it happened, as far as I am concerned, it is an explanation of’ how it happened’.  Just to give you a small taste the Title: ‘Fear Index’ comes from ‘The Volatility Index’ of Wall Street. The main character has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions of dollars.

This book is about real time quotes, delayed quotes and expectations of what will happen based on current events! Science, Technology & current events meet Venture Capitalists!

Reads like a true story and at the same time you cannot put the book down because you need to know what will happen next and will there be a happy ending?

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Rainmaker
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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I "listened" to the book this summer....for many who many not KNOW Robert Harris' works - he also wrote the book on which THE GHOST WRITER - with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor - was based....great "thriller" writer....I really enjoyed this book.

If you liked this book * you will like The Fatal Debt - great read on the mortgage crisis and Wall Street which many do not understand with a little mayhem in East Hampton in the mix

Aug 24, 2012 10:23 PM #1
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Endre - I read this several months ago, I think just after it was released, and found it to be an enjoyable mix of finance and high-tech, although I thought the ending was a bit strained - but I didn't think it was any more implausible than I would have thought the current capabilities of Google were ten years ago.

Aug 25, 2012 12:43 AM #2
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
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Endre - I'll have to look for this as a Book on Tape (I think I just dated myself) Book on CD!

Aug 25, 2012 04:43 AM #3
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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Endre, sounds like a great book!  I just wish I had more time to read...right now I can barely get anything done aside from work!

Aug 25, 2012 06:45 AM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wallace, Loved the Ghost Writer, It was just awesome, thank you for the recommendation who wrote the Fatal Debt?

Dick, looking back in history I would have never believed the Iron Curtain would collapse, that book stores would be an endangered species and of course that movies & photography would be Digital rather than on film, hence I agree with you:))

Laura, you are talking to a guy who had "Slide Rule Quizzes" in College and the first calculator was a mandatory purchase the HP45 (for a mere $250):)))

Jennifer there are 24 hrs in the day are you wasting it with sleep?:))

Aug 25, 2012 06:56 AM #5
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

You might also enjoy reading Hopes and Prospects by Noam Chomsky, as well as Predator Nation by Charles Ferguson. I just finished those two..............

Aug 25, 2012 07:08 AM #6
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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Endre, some days I have a hard enough time getting through the daily newspaper, but I will pass this one along to Chief Cook along with Barbara-Jo's suggestions.  she really like Noam Chomsky, too.

Aug 25, 2012 07:48 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your recommendation.

Enjoy the days of summer with your camera in hand.

Aug 25, 2012 08:08 AM #8
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Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
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Thanks for this.  I've been meaning to pick up David Wessel's 'Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget.'  Anybody read that one yet?

Aug 25, 2012 10:58 AM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Barbara Jo I have not read either one, need to look into these two:)

Ron, I can not read the Newspaper either, first your hands get all black from the poor print quality and all they have is bad news....hence I stopped reading the paper, get my news on the internet or TV:))

Roy, have the camera with me all the time:))

Aug 25, 2012 12:00 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Rob, no I have not heard of it, need to check it out!

Aug 25, 2012 05:11 PM #11
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Endre, My hsuband would probably enjoy reading this book.  I cannot read these types of books, they put me to sleep.  I know that sounds terrible but it's the truth.

Aug 26, 2012 09:09 AM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Judi sounds like your husband's lucky day he will be getting a book from you:))

Aug 26, 2012 11:41 AM #13
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Endre - the Fatal Debt was written by John Gapper who is a new writer; however, his twists in the book remind me of Harris' works.

A Fatal Debt: A Novel

Sep 16, 2012 01:57 AM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wallace thank you for the book recommendation, never heard of John Gapper but now will have to ad him to the list to be read!

Sep 16, 2012 06:32 AM #15
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