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The thriller; Currency by L. Todd Wood is just such a story. It ticks all the right boxes: Troubled handsome main character, check. Multiple glamorous locations, check. Hot chick character, check. Another hot chick character, check. Baddies with guns, check. Secret operatives with bigger guns, check. Troubled handsome main character getting up close and naked with hot chick character, check. I don’t want to spoil the plot too much so I’ll leave the box checking there. I think you get the idea though. The book has this, that and a bit of the other and all in a good balance.
The thing is, there’s a little bit more than the box checking, two things in fact: First. The clue is in the name: Currency. The plot evolves around the financial world and what L. Todd Wood has done a brilliant job of is explaining the world of finance by interweaving it in to a fast paced thriller. Wood has a strong background in finance and it shows, but there isn’t a trace of the all too common boring explanations of finance.
If telling a story is the greatest way to teach, then Wood does a blinder of a job. While reading the book I couldn’t help but think that this is a book I would give to someone who knows nothing about the financial world as a covert way of teaching them how it actually works. They’ll enjoy the page turning thriller, but once the book is set down and they watch the financial news on CNN, they’ll say “Wow, what happened? I understand what these talking heads are talking about”
People pay thousands for an education like that. You get it for USD 5.99 on a Kindle. How is that not a great deal?
Secondly. There are multiple historical timeframes in the book. This is exciting stuff. The book moves from timeframe to timeframe and back without confusing the reader. Wood's attention to historic detail is evident and what man doesn’t like a good pirate story?
For those of you who are versed in the world of finance I recommend it to you, since you’ll relate to a lot of the issues raised in the book. For those wanting a good thriller from an author we are sure to hear about more, I recommend it for the exciting page turning story and the free education.
Buy the Kindle version for yourself here, and as a present to family or friends here.