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Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
Max burns is an only child born in an affluent family to Edward and Helen burns. When Helen makes the mistake of signing a bad deal with her long time friend Rupert Garcia, it costs them everything. Rupert is arrested and Helen and Edward commit suicide. Max, who is only 16 at that time, is forced to live the alpine boarding school he was studying at with his friend Godfredo Paco and go to live with his poor uncle Alan in a housing estate.
Twenty years later, Max becomes a geomatic engineer and a lecturer at the university. He is also on the verge of marrying Sarah Beauvoir his long-term girlfriend of 8 years who picks him up the night Max gives his last lecture at the university and drops him at the farewell dinner he was invited by professor Moyle. It is at this dinner Moyle informs him about an opportunity of a lifetime; the expansion of the panama canal.
However, when Moyle asks him to form a team with Alexandra Wong and Gian Tarocco so that they can submit their bid, Max finds himself at cross roads because he had already signed a contract with Sarah’s father, Henry Beauvoir. When Godfredo calls asking Max for the same thing, Max goes to his uncle Alan for advice.
Alan convinces Max to follow his dreams but in order to do so, Max has to give up Sarah, which he does and flies to Panama to meet his long time best friend Fredo. They begin work immediately together with his team of Alex and Gian. Two weeks later, they win the contract for the expansion with a budget of 3.6 billion. Wong then refuses to participate further saying the expansion cannot be completed with that amount.
Max is invited to the palace of the president of panama, Fernando Guardia and it is here that he meets Zhang the Chinese ambassador and Karis his future lover who has a deadly secret that could ruin their relationship.
However, when Francisco Paco the head of Cisco team embezzles and bankrupts the project and Larry Roebuck the American ambassador, murders Jose Gonzales and Max is framed for all this crimes, Max finds himself seeking help from Sofia, Fredo's girlfriend and spy. In the process, he also finds out about the betrayal of his lover Karis and his friend Zhang.
With a high ranking American agent Erika Fisher pushing for the framing of Max in order to save her country from the shame of what the ambassador did, Max is forced to trust Karis, an undercover agent who pretends to be a scientist in order to complete her assignment of finding out the Chinese plans of building a military base masqueraded and hidden in plain sight as the Nicaragua canal and also to find out whether Max is a Chinese agent, sent to ensure the expansion of the panama canal fails in order for the Nicaragua canal to gain approval from the people.
I give this book a rating of 4 out 4 stars, because the book is properly edited, the plot flows well and is unpredictable and also the book ends in suspense keeping the reader yearning for more.
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