Book review: Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin


Book Synopsis:

This is a story about three smart, successful people who were once fast friends in college and have now been thrust together again in an unlikely, multi-layered investigation with far-reaching international implications and billions of dollars at stake. One is a forensic accountant for the SEC, one beta tests hardware and software for the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense, and the third is a wildly successful entrepreneur, software developer and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

They get caught up in the hunt for a corrupt Swiss banker intent on finally unloading the last of the gold stolen by his father in World War II; a violent, narcissist leader of a Mexican drug cartel making his move to take over as the head of all cartels in Central America; and the daughter of a murdered Bulgarian arms dealer making the deal that will give her mother financial stability and get them both out of the increasingly unstable arms business.

The plot unfolds as financial crimes committed by insiders put common criminal activities to shame in a world where technology has increasingly insinuated itself into our lives to good and bad effects.

About the Author:

Thomas Maurin is the pen name of husband and wife writing team Bonnie B. Hartley, Ph.D., and Michael T. Hartley, CFP®. They both write non-fiction books and articles regarding financial and family business topics and have delivered talks on those subjects internationally over the last thirty years.


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If you love non-stop action, this is the book for you. The story begins with the main character, Fitz, an SEC Investigator and gradually we are introduced to the other two characters who will eventually make up a think-tank of investigators who are determined to stamp out evil financiers (and enjoy themselves along the way!)

The book was an interesting read, a bit melodramatic in places but easy to follow.  I liked the characters and am looking forward to more character development in the next book.  The subplots and twists were interesting and kept you on the edge of your seat. Just a note of caution, this book is for adult readers due to the mature content in a few of the scenes.

I received a copy of this book from the author free of charge.

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