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Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry. He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his exrival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's mo Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry. He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his exrival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's most exciting venture to date, buying the NFL's newest team -- the Las Vegas Twenty-Ones.


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Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry. He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his exrival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's mo Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry. He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his exrival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's most exciting venture to date, buying the NFL's newest team -- the Las Vegas Twenty-Ones.

30 review for The Protégé

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book was brilliantly plotted and riveting the way Frey built the tension and connected the intricate pieces of the world of high finance. He took us inside the mind of a venture capitalist, Christian Gilette and showed us how the man thought and how he did what he did--without boring me. Unfortunately Christian was the only character with any character. The women in the novel were very two dimensional and extremely unlikable, especially the woman with the biggest speaking part. She was nasty This book was brilliantly plotted and riveting the way Frey built the tension and connected the intricate pieces of the world of high finance. He took us inside the mind of a venture capitalist, Christian Gilette and showed us how the man thought and how he did what he did--without boring me. Unfortunately Christian was the only character with any character. The women in the novel were very two dimensional and extremely unlikable, especially the woman with the biggest speaking part. She was nasty whiny, shallow, and mostly behaved like a petulant child. And the worst sin is that she was not entertaining. There was no chemistry between Christian and either of the two women he was meant to have chemistry with--I only know there was supposed to be chemistry because I was told repeatedly by every character in the story--another no-no. But that plot--fabulous! I needed to keep reading this book to see how everything fit together and I rooted for Christian all the way. In spite of the annoying female characters. And I will definitely read the next book by Stephen Frey.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ======================================================== == DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE BOOK == == Notes to myself as I read the book == ======================================================== (view spoiler)[ Chairman of Everest Capital - Christian Gillette Exec.Asst. - Debbie Managing partners: -Nigel Faraday -2nd in command -Maggie Carpenter -asks tough questions -Blaire Johnson -Tom O'Brien -Allison Wallace -added quid pro quo, non-paid Managing directors: -David Wright -promoted ======================================================== == DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE BOOK == == Notes to myself as I read the book == ======================================================== (view spoiler)[ Chairman of Everest Capital - Christian Gillette Exec.Asst. - Debbie Managing partners: -Nigel Faraday -2nd in command -Maggie Carpenter -asks tough questions -Blaire Johnson -Tom O'Brien -Allison Wallace -added quid pro quo, non-paid Managing directors: -David Wright -promoted to managing partner Vice Presidents: -Cathy Dylan -very much like Wright Portfolio Companies: -Laurel Energy -Faith Cassidy's entertainment company -Discount America -NFL awarded Las Vegas expansion franchise to Everest for $450M -Hush-Hush Intimates -Omega IT -cutout company at Apex -Installs computer bugs to track terrorist money for the CIA Other Players: -Quentin Stiles -just out of hospital -lost (shot) from yacht during storm -Kurt Landry -NFL commissioner -Harry Stein -CEO Discount America, Chatham on the Eastern Shore -Gordon Meade -Exec.Director of the Wallace Family office -Craig West -McGuire & Co. -Frank Hobbs -head of corporate development at Hush-Hush -Marvin Miller -partner at White & Cross, auditor for Laurel -Daniel Ganze -represents interests in D.C. -knows about Gillette's father's death & birth mother -Norman Boyd -person Ganze works for -Paul -blackmailing Wright -Joseph "22" Celino -runs the Carbones mob in Vegas -lives on Staten Island -Al Scarpa -Celino's trusted underboss -Russell Hughes -chairman of Apex since Whitman left -Tony Maddox -CEO of Hush-Hush -Becky Rouse -mayor of Chatham, ME -Jack Mitchell -CEO of Veramax, drug company with an FDA problem -via Allison -Scott Davis -surgeon who has studied nanotechnology -Marilyn McRae -Christian's birth mother, we think -Derrick Walker -replaced Stiles as Gillette's personal protection Pieces of the puzzle: 1. The mob (Paul) is blackmailing David Wright into informing on Gillette's every move. (Wright had accidentally killed a woman at a sex club.) 2. Boyd & Ganze want Gillette to create a cutout company in the Everest portfolio to hide activity related to the govt's research in nanotechnology. To entice Gillette to do so, they are promising him information about his father & mother. 3. Allison Wallace is feeding opportunities to Everest. The first, Veramax, can't get FDA approval for new drugs. Gillette thinks he can help with that. He wonders about Veramax products being able to introduce nanomodules into the body, also about Allison's sniffing. 4. While evaluating the Apex Capital portfolio, Gillette finds a cutout company, Omega IT, which tracks terrorist money for the CIA. 5. Everest was awarded an NFL contract for an expansion team in Las Vegas. As part of the deal, Gillette wants to also build a casino, even though it would mean involvement with the mob. 6. Someone has found & killed Tom McGuire. Paul Whitman is living in France until Boyd's people get him to disclose McGuire's location & kill him. Story baseline: Years ago, Boyd, who is now in charge of a top secret division of the DOD, had formed a working relationship with the Mafia. The Mafia made hits & scares to increase Boyd's influence in the govt, and Boyd made sure the Celino family could operate surreptitiously. Because Christian's father had discovered the association & was going to go public with the info, Boyd had him killed in a plane crash. Now, 16 years later, Boyd & his right hand man, Ganze, were trying to move the govt's nanotechnology project into a private cutout company, ostensibly to protect the almost completed research from falling into the hands of terrorists who had been trying to infiltrate. In reality, Boyd wanted to take it private so that he could share in the wealth sure to flow from the project. And Ganze wanted to steal the information for the terrorist organization he spied for. To be Continued? -Faith Cassidy is ready to commit to a relationship with Christian. -Christian wants Allison Wallace to become a full-fledged managing partner of the firm. -Allison says that her one condition is that Christian put a clause in the contract saying that he will not marry for six months. -Vegas casino -Apex Capital takeover -Sale of Laurel Energy -promotion of Cathy Dylan (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vannessa Anderson

    All Christian Gillette wanted to know was why his daddy died and who his biological mother was. To get answers Christian Gillette would find himself dodging bullets. The Protégé is a page turner and not a book you can put down. I know because I stayed up all night reading it. Holter Graham was the voice of the characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abdul

    The book started off well but crashed and burned midway. The vital ingredient of a mystery is that it be believable. This book lost its believability factor midway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    like Frey's work but a little over the top on main character's financial genius

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Did not like it...implausible characters and too many plot devices. Did not even finish the book. Do not recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Stephen Frey can twist a plot until you are so confused you'll figure out the who dun it but love every minute of trying to figure it out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mylinda

    Mixed feelings about this one. The good: this is an interesting story, fast paced, makes private equity look exciting. The bad: all women are either hateful shrews, or conniving, and all are amazingly beautiful and falling at Christian's feet. The exception to this is his admin, but the author is careful to tell us that this is because she is a lesbian - no hetero woman can possibly resist Christian's looks. The characters seem like caricatures, or from central casting - the black best friend, t Mixed feelings about this one. The good: this is an interesting story, fast paced, makes private equity look exciting. The bad: all women are either hateful shrews, or conniving, and all are amazingly beautiful and falling at Christian's feet. The exception to this is his admin, but the author is careful to tell us that this is because she is a lesbian - no hetero woman can possibly resist Christian's looks. The characters seem like caricatures, or from central casting - the black best friend, the rock star girlfriend, the amazingly gorgeous and brilliant co-worker who hits on Christian, the subordinate who eats ice cream all the time (how does it not drip all over his workpapers? Does he have a freezer in his office? Where does all this ice cream come from? Why is he 30 lbs overweight and not 300, and why do the women still fall over him?) The worst: the setup to the ending is pretty ridiculous. (view spoiler)[a hurricane force storm just blows up in the Hudson River? Do they not have weather apps in Christian-land? Did no one really know about the storm coming, or did Christian intentially endanger a boat full of people to allow Quentin to do what he did? (hide spoiler)] And after this action-movie sequence, the "why" of the ending is not fully explained. (view spoiler)[Were people mad at Quentin about this? Wasn't grandma heartbroken? Or was she in on it? Weren't people upset about the funeral? (hide spoiler)] 4 stars for the generally good story, minus points for the ending, 3 overall.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samyann

    The Chairman, The Protegé, The Power Broker, and The Successor are the four novels that are the Christian Gillette Series. Read them in order to glean the most from this story. The stories will stand alone, but you'll miss connections and scratch your head with a lack of understanding. Plus, you'll miss out on some good storytelling. Plot. Christian Gillette, a handsome 30-something genius, is unexpectedly elevated to Chairman of Everest, a money management firm, via the unexpected death of his b The Chairman, The Protegé, The Power Broker, and The Successor are the four novels that are the Christian Gillette Series. Read them in order to glean the most from this story. The stories will stand alone, but you'll miss connections and scratch your head with a lack of understanding. Plus, you'll miss out on some good storytelling. Plot. Christian Gillette, a handsome 30-something genius, is unexpectedly elevated to Chairman of Everest, a money management firm, via the unexpected death of his boss. Through the four novels, you will learn that Christian is a brilliant financier, buying and selling companies, making his clients, and his staff, multi-millionaires. Deciding 'who to trust' is paramount to his success. Romance, deal-making, back-stabbing, life and death situations, friendships, self-doubt, questions of loyalty, judgement, good guys, bad guys - all swirl through a world of high finance. Liked. Was prepared to be unenthusiastic about a story of high finance. Boring, right? Nope! This series will hold your attention, not one math problem. It's a terrific tale of suspense, intrigue, even political espionage. There is a lot to the character of Christian Gillette; he's not "just another pretty face". Narration is fine, no issues. A bit slow in tempo, so pumped the iPhone up to 1.3 - not an issue. Not so hot? Sometimes Christian comes across as a bit immature - most of the time a brilliant alpha male, in charge. His character could have been smoother. A bit cliché, in places, but very readable. Recommended. High finance can be exciting stuff!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Yeh

    I just love the writing and story about Wall Street. Glad I found the author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Howell

    A very good read. Full of financial suspense. How will Gillette get out of the mess?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ritesh Udsaria

    The plot was good. Although it was more of a flat story instead of ups and downs climax really blew my mind

  13. 5 out of 5

    DjS

    Always enjoyed the Frey novels read previously. Not this time. I recommend you pass on this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Conan Tigard

    Once again, I realized how much I enjoy the writing of Stephen Frey. The Protégé is another excellent thriller dealing with Wall Street and men of financial power. Christian Gillette is an absolutely wonderful and believable main character. I love how he wields his power, yet has not become corrupted by this same power. I also like that this book takes over directly where The Chairman leaved off. The pace of the book is fast and the story is extremely exciting. From the first page, Frey grabs th Once again, I realized how much I enjoy the writing of Stephen Frey. The Protégé is another excellent thriller dealing with Wall Street and men of financial power. Christian Gillette is an absolutely wonderful and believable main character. I love how he wields his power, yet has not become corrupted by this same power. I also like that this book takes over directly where The Chairman leaved off. The pace of the book is fast and the story is extremely exciting. From the first page, Frey grabs the reader by the shoulders, shakes them around a bit, lifts them up high, slams them to the ground, and keeps them guessing until the last page is read. I had no idea how David Wright would get out of the nasty situation he finds himself in. Try as I might, I could not figure out how David was going to prevent Allison from taking over Everest Capital. And the mob . . . how do you outsmart the mob without ending up a the bottom of the ocean wearing cement shoes? Overall, The Protégé is an excellent thriller that will keep the reader totally immersed in the story until they finish the last page, lean back in a chair, and sigh with contentment. I sure hope Frey writes another story about Gillette. I, for one, will be one of the first to read it. I rated this book a 9 out of 10.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Sommers

    A fast-paced, fun novel that ended up being quite predictable. As head of Everest Capital, a major private equities firm in New York, Christian Gillette found business moving at an extremely fast pace. Thanks to two of his protégées, David Wright and Allison Wallace, Christian Gillette feels at the top of his game as head of Everest Capital. However, when a supposed undercover government agency recruits Gillette and his company to act as a "cutout," a project that exists for purposes of spying, A fast-paced, fun novel that ended up being quite predictable. As head of Everest Capital, a major private equities firm in New York, Christian Gillette found business moving at an extremely fast pace. Thanks to two of his protégées, David Wright and Allison Wallace, Christian Gillette feels at the top of his game as head of Everest Capital. However, when a supposed undercover government agency recruits Gillette and his company to act as a "cutout," a project that exists for purposes of spying, Gillette, along with his protégées-- neither of whom is who he or she pretended to be--walk into a web of financial and political intrigue and suspense. Very enjoyable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Fast-paced like a thriller? Yes, but there can be too much of a good thing, like so fast the author neglects to tie up all the plot strands credibly. Or, not doing basic research (examples: President Truman lived in the Blair House in the 1950s is only half true--see http://www.blairhouse.org/s_r_truman.... -- or the Iranian character who identifies himself as "arabic" -- Iranians are NOT Arabs) Sloppy, and like so many poorly written thrillers, depends on heaping implausibility on top of implau Fast-paced like a thriller? Yes, but there can be too much of a good thing, like so fast the author neglects to tie up all the plot strands credibly. Or, not doing basic research (examples: President Truman lived in the Blair House in the 1950s is only half true--see http://www.blairhouse.org/s_r_truman.... -- or the Iranian character who identifies himself as "arabic" -- Iranians are NOT Arabs) Sloppy, and like so many poorly written thrillers, depends on heaping implausibility on top of implausibility.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pbwritr

    An investment banking firm is buying and selling companies left and right, landing considerable sums. One of the most senior members has just murdered a prostitute and is being blackmailed by a member of the Mafia, who wants in on a deal the company is set to do in Las Vegas. All very complex and fast-moving. Entertaining.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    This is an okay high finance thriller by Frey but he wraps up the plot way too quickly at the end. Hedge Fund manager Christian Gillette is back in this one and he is threatened on many sides by enemies both old and new. David Wright Gillette's protege is being blackmailed by these enemies will he betray his mentor or save him?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Johnnie Gee

    The mafia, enemy's, people who work for you, companies you run, old friends, new friends....who can you trust and who do you trust? Who to groom to take over when you decide to move on. This is a good book, I really like the Christian Gillette series I hope they keep coming. Reread, still really enjoyed the book. 05-01-2020

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Chairman - Protege - Power Broker - Successor. In this order, follow the career of Christian Gillette through these four novels. The best is the Chairman and then the rest are a blur, but some were better than others.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Walter

    The book started well, but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It is easier to throw balls into the air than to bring them down, but still thought that one character's "way out" from his problems was unrealistic and parts of the final scenes were cliches.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Humzah Yazdani

    Mr Frey had me at "The Takeover" but this book has been a major let off. It was never grasping until he left some loose ends, which I needed to know for closure. He spends so much time building the suspense and barely details the culmination. Very mediocre!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Part Godfather, part The Firm - all intrigue, and adventure! Stephen Frey's style mixes Puzo and Grisham with the high stakes world of private equity. The Protege was a fun audiobook listen and recommended for some "escapism" distraction. (makes my commute more bearable)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Page

    Fast paced with great corporate intrigue.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I hope that all high powered execs aren't that evil!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Excellant, quick-read. Murder, intrigue, high finance.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Raymond

    Very interesting and a serious page turner.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darrendriven

    A nice fluffy financial drama that is already fading fast from my memory. It wasn't a bad book, but like most action movies you just can't remember the details after a short time...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rajuda

    A good book; a plot that holds your interest till the end; very well narrated. If you are looking to read a good thriller, go ahead...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emanuele

    Excellent, better plot development than in The Chairman, even if it deviates more towards a traditional thriller than a financial thriller.

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