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Beneath the gleaming new economies of South-East Asia there exists an underworld of transgression, vice and rampant corruption. Abandoning a recession-plagued America for the easy money of Asia's lucrative but highly illegal boiler room industry, Don Rouse must navigate through a sordid world of drug addicts, deviants, prostitutes and professional con men in order to achi Beneath the gleaming new economies of South-East Asia there exists an underworld of transgression, vice and rampant corruption. Abandoning a recession-plagued America for the easy money of Asia's lucrative but highly illegal boiler room industry, Don Rouse must navigate through a sordid world of drug addicts, deviants, prostitutes and professional con men in order to achieve his lifelong dream of making it big. But his world is suddenly turned upside down as the police show up and his boss goes missing. After a chance meeting with the alluring but enigmatic Jessica, Don is plunged into a high stakes mystery that could very well put an end to his criminal career and perhaps even his life. From the fleshpots of Bangkok to the gritty streets of Manila, John Triptych’s debut novel sheds a new light on the little known world of organized international crime. Recommended for mature readers. The Expatriate Underworld Series Book 1: The Opener Book 2: The Loader


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Beneath the gleaming new economies of South-East Asia there exists an underworld of transgression, vice and rampant corruption. Abandoning a recession-plagued America for the easy money of Asia's lucrative but highly illegal boiler room industry, Don Rouse must navigate through a sordid world of drug addicts, deviants, prostitutes and professional con men in order to achi Beneath the gleaming new economies of South-East Asia there exists an underworld of transgression, vice and rampant corruption. Abandoning a recession-plagued America for the easy money of Asia's lucrative but highly illegal boiler room industry, Don Rouse must navigate through a sordid world of drug addicts, deviants, prostitutes and professional con men in order to achieve his lifelong dream of making it big. But his world is suddenly turned upside down as the police show up and his boss goes missing. After a chance meeting with the alluring but enigmatic Jessica, Don is plunged into a high stakes mystery that could very well put an end to his criminal career and perhaps even his life. From the fleshpots of Bangkok to the gritty streets of Manila, John Triptych’s debut novel sheds a new light on the little known world of organized international crime. Recommended for mature readers. The Expatriate Underworld Series Book 1: The Opener Book 2: The Loader

30 review for The Opener

  1. 5 out of 5

    Don Sloan

    Don Rouse has had his fill of dead-end jobs and failed relationships. Now, if he can only score that easy money that he knows is out there, just waiting for him, he'll be set. This is the well-written story of Don's search for that financial windfall, set against the exotic backdrops of China, The Philippines, and a corruption-ridden Thailand. The narrative, which is terse but compelling, begins with Don and his brother escaping a dysfunctional, hard-luck life in Kansas. Don, with the moral suppo Don Rouse has had his fill of dead-end jobs and failed relationships. Now, if he can only score that easy money that he knows is out there, just waiting for him, he'll be set. This is the well-written story of Don's search for that financial windfall, set against the exotic backdrops of China, The Philippines, and a corruption-ridden Thailand. The narrative, which is terse but compelling, begins with Don and his brother escaping a dysfunctional, hard-luck life in Kansas. Don, with the moral support of a long-time girlfriend, eventually bootstraps himself into a four-year degree, just as the U.S. economy tanks. Desperate for a change of scenery and a new start, he heads to Shanghai to teach English as a Second Language. For awhile, things go well enough for him to get by, but the seedy accommodations he's forced to endure lead him to a crossroads in his young life: where is he going, and how will he get there? At loose ends, he travels to Thailand for a brief holiday with his coworkers. Enter ex-pat Otis and a hulking Brit named Finny, who talk Don into staying in Bankok when his friends -- including yet another long-term girlfriend -- are returning to their ESL jobs in Shanghai. This is where he learns to be an Opener -- someone who spends his days in a vast warren of cubicles, phoning people all over the world and trying to sell bogus stocks and options. Things go well, and Don is just starting to really get the hang of it when the shop's owner misses his scheduled payoff to Thai police and they arrive one day like storm troopers to close the place down. Don escapes through a window, drifts around a bit, then jets off to Manila, where he once again tries a fresh start -- this time with a woman he has met by chance in a bazaar. Her name is Jessica. Events begin to unfold in rapid-fire fashion once Don lands in the Philippines. For one, he discovers some very rough customers are looking for him, with the idea that he set up the raid on the Bangkok office. Then, he gets an even bigger surprise -- one that completely turns the plot upside down and sideways. I won't give away what happens the rest of the way. Suffice to say that this book was written by someone with very intimate knowledge -- or great research -- of how these "boiler room" operations work, bilking money from people all over the world by phone. They justify their actions by saying that if the poor saps they contact aren't giving their money to them, they would be giving it to someone else. The main character, Don, generates a fair amount of sympathetic vibes, so the reader begins to care what happens to him -- and plenty does, not all of it good. But by the time the book is over, you'll never trust a telemarketer again. I give The Opener five stars as a real page-turner -- particularly toward the end as plotlines converge and a mystery is solved satisfactorily. Kudos to the author for writing a convincing who-dun-it, wrapped as the memoir of a self-serving con artist. May I never have to work as an Opener -- in this life or the next.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gary Price

    A Real Eye Opener The author clearly knows about the world of selling bogus investment opportunities. I found it to be very interesting about how the sweatshops for international investments work. I didn't think it was much of a thriller but it had a good plot but the outcome was predictable. Interesting book if you want to learn about how people are swindled out of their life savings. A Real Eye Opener The author clearly knows about the world of selling bogus investment opportunities. I found it to be very interesting about how the sweatshops for international investments work. I didn't think it was much of a thriller but it had a good plot but the outcome was predictable. Interesting book if you want to learn about how people are swindled out of their life savings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A very good read. This book was really something it took me on a long trip . Through the States and Asia. I. learned a lot of subjects I was unaware of. The plot was tangled and had you guessing you'll be surprised at the end of the story. The one problem I had was that the writing was a little stilted in places. I recommend it. A very good read. This book was really something it took me on a long trip . Through the States and Asia. I. learned a lot of subjects I was unaware of. The plot was tangled and had you guessing you'll be surprised at the end of the story. The one problem I had was that the writing was a little stilted in places. I recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Queen Mate

    Eye opener I Like this book because detail about things without being boring and different avenue then other financial thriller, unexpected ending

  5. 5 out of 5

    LuEmma Quinn

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

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    Lorraine Durham

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    Kenny

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    Larry Arey

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judy Rushing

  11. 5 out of 5

    Denis

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    Amalia Richards

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ulrich F Prager

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy C Baeder

  15. 5 out of 5

    doug clifton

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    Samuel

  17. 4 out of 5

    alan john miles

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    Tom Mooney

  19. 5 out of 5

    linda england

  20. 5 out of 5

    pauletl

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cyber

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    Kerrfy Tonkin

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    Dolly Dacanay

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    Mark

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    Kevin stansberry

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    Arlene Jacobs

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    Irene

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

  30. 4 out of 5

    joe w reeves

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