Crime-Thriller Author Found In Targetspace Offices

When was the last time you read a book? We’re all guilty of using the excuse of not having enough time, but if you used the time spent reading social media updates or magazines, you’d be surprised at how quickly you can get through a book. Reading every day has many benefits, such as stress reduction, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement and knowledge gain, as well as offering an escape from reality. We’d like to encourage you to get stuck into a new book, so we have a recommendation for you.

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We recently found out that Stephen Norman, one of our clients here at Targetspace and Chairman of DT Squared, is also the author of ‘Trading Down’- a fast-paced crime-thriller set in an investment bank.

Having previously worked within the financial industry for 20 years, Norman’s inside knowledge helps to tell a compelling fictional story based around two characters: Chris and Zahra, filled with intricate and relatable details inspired by his career experience. If you have ever worked within the financial services you’ll know only too well how critical the management of technology is. And if you haven’t, this is a brilliant way to get a glimpse inside another industry and how it operates.

With all that’s in the news about the increased risk of cyber terrorism, Trading Down is incredibly fitting and all the more relatable (and terrifying). Norman’s insights allow for the lines between reality and fiction to be blurred, the gripping scenes will keep the pages turning and once you’re invested in the protagonists you won’t be able to put it down.

But don’t just take our word for it, the reviews speak for themselves. Tanya Andreasyan, editor of Banking Technology, calls it “a great, surprising rollercoaster crime-thriller, set inside an investment bank under cyber-attack” and James Longman, foreign correspondent at ABC News, says “Trading Down is a brilliant, faced paced read that cleverly intertwines the world of high finance and international terror – a realistic possibility in today’s world.”

Have a read of the synopsis:

Chris Peters loves his work in a multi-national bank: the excitement of the trading floor, the impossible deadlines and the constant challenge of the superfast computers in his care. And he loves his beautiful wife, Olivia. But over time, the dream turns sour. His systems crash, the traders turn on him, and Olivia becomes angry and disillusioned. So much bad luck. 

Or is it? A natural detective, Chris finds evidence of something sinister in the mysterious meltdown of a US data centre. A new kind of terrorist. But can he get anyone to believe him? His obsessive search leads him to a jihadist website, filled with violent images; a man beaten to a pulp in a Dubai car park; and a woman in a gold sari dancing in the flames of her own destruction. Slowly, a tragic story from decades ago in Yemen emerges.

Too late, Chris understands the nature of the treachery, so close to him. His adversary knows every move and is ready to strike. Even his boss agrees: if this program is run, it will destroy this bank as surely as a neutron bomb. And Chris Peters has 48 hours to figure it out…

Does ‘Trading Down’ sound like something you would enjoy? Buy or download here:

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