The 500 : Mike Ford

  • by Matthew Quirk
  • Narrated by Jay Snyder
  • Series: Mike Ford
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.

Any additional comments?

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.
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.
This book was so well written, very coherent, very believable and a consistent pace that runs on high speed through out the book.
I am very impressed and my next book will be THE DIRECTIVE, the next on the series.
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Author wrote himself into a corner

What did you like best about The 500? What did you like least?

The premise of this book was really good and I enjoyed getting to know the main characters and the set up but as the book gets closer to the end it becomes clear the author wrote himself into a corner and didn't know how to credibly get out. The main character goes this incredible metamorphosis into a super spy - yeah, right!He manages to escape from impossible-to-escape trap after trap - fully unscathed. Give me a break!

Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Quirk again?

Will definitely read more reviews about his next book before wasting my time

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Good narration. Engaging and good voices.

Did The 500 inspire you to do anything?

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio