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A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arena
A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill.
Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "The 500", the elite men and women who really run Washington - and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.
Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, The 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, listeners will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder - and deadlier - the fall.
©2012 Matthew Quirk (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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By shelley on 04-19-16

This book is WILD!! Easy 5 STARS...

What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jay Snyder did a fantastic job with this book.

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<br/>Wow, this book is like "The Firm" on speed!! I have had this book my wish list since it came out on Audible and sat on the fence with it because of some of the feedback. I sometimes wonder how many GOOD books I pass by because someone doesn't share my taste for books. It's really unfortunate when you think about it, how many authors go unread or listened to because the first person to read/listen to a book didn't like it. <br/>Anyway, this book according to me has everything going for it. Corrupt powerful law firm that digs up dirt on the most influential politicians only to be used to corrupt them, a young newly hired lawyer just starting out who is forced to revert to his street smarts in order to survive. There is a background story going on that just feels like filler to give a little history, pay attention, it has a conclusion that will knock your socks off and fills in missing pieces from the main plot. <br/>This book was so well written, very coherent, very believable and a consistent pace that runs on high speed through out the book. <br/>I am very impressed and my next book will be THE DIRECTIVE, the next on the series. <br/>HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!<br/>If you found this review helpful please indicate so. <br/>Thank You.

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By Benjamin on 08-08-12

A refreshing break

Would you listen to The 500 again? Why?

I almost never listen to a book twice. But in this case, I think I would make an exception.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Why is it that we have gotten away from protagonists who work hard and outwit their opponents? Instead, we have mostly dormant characters who allow the world to spin around them, and out of control, until they make one decision to do something or other that potentially fixes the mess of a life they have made. Gone are the days of brilliant Forsyth characters who proactively make complicated plans to defeat their foes. At least until now. Quirk's quirky, ex-con character Ford fits the bill. He's wily, sarcastic, cynical and engaging. I loved every minute of this book.

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