Monday, October 17, 2016

The Domino Effect



"...genuinely compelling, and comes with a real warning about real markets. The dominoes may well fall in quick procession."
Ted R. Malloch, Senior Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Esther Larsen, a top risk analyst at one of the country's largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to make the 2008 market crash look minor by comparison. And as her own employer pursues "investment" strategies with every-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. But Esther is only on person; can she stand up to an international conspiracy of greed? And if she does, will anyone take her seriously?

Every moment of indecision edges the markets closer to a tipping point -- the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther finds her voice, those she seeks to expose will not sit idly by. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race against the clock to avert a financial tsunami that threatens worldwide devastation.

My Review:

Warning: may incite a rabid reading frenzy of epic proportion.

I hesitated over reading The Domino Effect simply because I thought it would be way over my head. The average third grader has surpassed my math comprehension so reading a book about banks and investment strategies seemed like an exercise in torture to me. :-) But I know Davis Bunn can spin a good tale and I was intrigued enough to step out in faith and start reading.


Intense. Dynamic. Compelling. Yes, I didn't understand the nitty gritty of all the financial stuff, but I always grasped the gist of it so I understood the danger and how it carried the plot forward. In fact, there were a few places where Bunn did such a good job of breaking down the banking information that I actually began to get some of it. So I learned something from reading The Domino Effect!

Esther is such a relatable heroine. And I love the parallel the author has created between his present day Esther and the biblical one. That just brought a whole other dimension to the story. Esther has spent most of her life as an outsider looking in. Her current work situation becomes the catalyst that compels her to move out of the shadows and become the complete woman God meant for her to be. And in the process the reader gets the benefit of a bit of light romance. Can't go wrong with that, in my humble opinion!

An absorbing, mesmerizing story that's sure to get you thinking.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Domino Effect please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 23 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. New author for me. Nice review. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Have always wanted to read his books. Your review sucked me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT con

    1. You're welcome, Mindy. Hope you get a chance to try one of his books soon. Good luck.

  3. I would share this with my 2 girlfriends that would love this one. Looks good!
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

    1. Sharing books is a noble thing, Diane. Good luck.

  4. I enjoyed your review! Sounds intense and I don't always understand all of the financial information either but by your review I know I'd find this fascinating!

    1. It really is fascinating...and alarming. Good luck, rubynreba.

  5. TY enjoyed the review.

  6. I also wasn't sure about this book... Isn't all that banking stuff incredibly boring? :P
    One of my GR friends said the same thing you said in your review: that the story is really good and the book is actually not too difficult to understand for an average person, not exactly interested in banking and investments.
    So now I feel like I have to pick up this book, especially since I never read any book by this author, but heard a lot of good things about him!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

    1. Yes -- it's an interesting conundrum. The banking stuff is so over my head but it's all tied to Esther's personal growth, her friendships and even a romance and I just couldn't put it down. I could see this as a movie actually. Has all the right ingredients. Good luck, Samantha.

  7. Intriguing! New author for me.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com