Review by Ana Njeri -- The Expansion by Christoph Martin

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Review by Ana Njeri -- The Expansion by Christoph Martin

Post by Ana Njeri » 07 Jan 2018, 17:58

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Expansion" by Christoph Martin.]
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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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Post by Ezekielafog12 » 19 Feb 2018, 01:57

i can feel what you through your review,because the book is properly edited,,Nice one God bless you

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Post by Miriel Oye » 30 Jul 2018, 04:20

From your review, I totally agree. Just the review is intriguing, how much more the book itself

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Post by Abigail R » 30 Jul 2018, 10:05

It sounds as though this character is well versed in hardship and losing people. From losing his parents at a young age and then having to give up his longtime girlfriend.
Thank you for this synopsis.

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Post by OloladeO » 30 Jul 2018, 10:52

Good review. Well done for taking out time to give details.

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Post by Treazer » 06 Sep 2018, 20:58

Now am intrigued and interested in reading it. Thank you, your review is my guide to the book

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Post by Alish shrestha » 12 Jan 2019, 02:25

Nice review from saying about losing his parents at young age only to losing his girlfreind at mid age !

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