The second Great Depression is coming. The world’s economies are groaning under too much debt. If one thing goes wrong, the entire rickety system collapses.
Now, acclaimed award-winning New York Times bestselling novelist David Hagberg and renowned financial reporter Lawrence Light have combined forces to dramatize—hour by hour—how this all-too-real catastrophe could go down in Crash.
With debt-burdened governments and businesses worldwide about to go bust, a cabal of Wall Street big shots plot to destroy the globe’s stock exchanges. To provide that one thing that goes wrong. In 24 hours, a powerful computer worm will smash the exchanges and spark an international panic, pushing a debt-laden world into the abyss. The Wall Street gang’s investment bank will be the last one standing, able to make a killing amid the ruins.
But one person, who works for their bank as a computer expert, spots the worm embedded deep in its network. Cassy Levin invents a program to destroy the cyber-intruder. Angered by Cassy’s discovery, her bosses order her kidnapping.
Her boyfriend, a former Navy SEAL, is alarmed at Cassy’s disappearance and unravels the plot. Ben Whalen only has until the next morning to save the woman he loves and prevent the economic apocalypse.
This story is based on the genuine threat posed by towering debt, which will make the 2008 financial crisis look puny.
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This financial thriller from bestseller Hagberg (the Kirk McGarvey series) and financial journalist Light, a sometimes uneasy mix of Wall Street business and hard core action, presents a frightening doomsday scenario. Cassy Levin works in cybersecurity at the Manhattan headquarters of Burnham Pike, the nation's premier investment bank, and has discovered a computer worm that she believes will destroy BP's system and then spread to trading floors worldwide. Meanwhile, top executives at BP, who introduced the worm, and Spencer Nast, the American president's White House chief adviser on economic affairs, are plotting to crash the world economy, starting with the New York Stock Exchange, in order to enrich themselves. Cassy, who can't get anyone at BP to listen to her, confides in her fianc , former Navy SEAL Ben Whalen, shortly before the bad guys kidnap her. Ben's efforts to rescue Cassy ratchet up the suspense. Readers should be prepared for some mini-economics lessons, including an afterword on the "debt bomb" by Light. The novel's awkward structure undercuts its sobering message.