Review of “A Calculated Risk”


“A Calculated Risk” eBook was published in 2015 (originally published on paper in 1992) and was written by Katherine Neville ( Ms. Neville has written four novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Thriller novel is primarily set in California and on an island between Greece and Turkey.

Verity Banks is a brilliant computer scientist with strong ties to the financial community. While she has a high position in the World Bank, she clearly will proceed no further. The executives of the bank seem fully willing to keep her ‘in her place’ and seem to have no concern over the lack of cyber security safeguards.

She decides to show the bank how vulnerable they are by ‘borrowing’ funds. She consults with long time friend and mentor Dr. Zoltan Tor. One thing leads to another and she soon finds herself competing in a bet with Tor on who can ‘borrow’ the most funds over a three month period.

They each race to see who can twist the banking systems allowing them to capture funds. Before long though, their efforts are threatened by an unexpected adversary.

I spent 9+ hours with this 354 page novel. It was interesting as it dealt with computer security (or the lack there of) back in the 80s and 90s, as well as banking procedures. This wasn’t much of a Thriller and had a significant thread of Romance. I find it hard to judge this novel with more than a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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