Published: 28/02/2017
ISBN: 9781785899102
eISBN: 9781788038157
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Steal Big: New York
Book I of the Mastermind Series
by Sean O'Driscoll

‘There are three things in life we need in order to stay free; money, a good lawyer and a purpose.’

The private detention centre in Manhattan has received its last inmate. Due to be closed for the next six months, over 600 inmates have passed through its doors. A very normal detention centre from the outside, this one houses the man who longs to be the biggest criminal mastermind in history; the warden. Having spent four years planning the biggest robbery of all time, he plans to walk away with 6.7 billion dollars.

In the detention centre it is the guards’ duty to teach the inmates their role in the robbery and what to do when the money’s been obtained. As the plan is revealed to the inmates one girl catches the warden’s interest and over the next six months she questions everything that the warden has been planning.

Using the centre’s outreach program as a smokescreen for their operation, everyone must play their part so there will be no looking over their shoulder when it’s over. The FBI are at a complete loss as they find themselves up against a formidable opponent that they never anticipated. He plays with their sanity and he’s about to pull off the biggest steal in New York, he is The Mastermind.

In Steal Big: New York Sean O’Driscoll has created a fast-paced thriller that will have readers gripped as they follow the creative and criminal endeavours of The Mastermind. Inspired by the works of bestselling author Dan Brown, this book will be enjoyed by fans of crime fiction, including fans of writers such as James Patterson, John Grisham and Lee Child.

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This book was a surprise package! Reminiscent of Robert Muchamore's Cherub series, this actually was a great read. Thank you Netgalley for the advance copy. I really enjoyed this book.

The scary thing about this whole book is it was written in such a way, it actually seemed plausible that such a heist could actually take place. There were a few areas that were far fetched, but I don't believe it detracted from the overall book and was still a great read.

I believe this maybe the first book in a series as my copy had #1 in the title. It did finish on a bit of a cliffhanger, which is annoying but also exciting. If there is a second book coming, my hand is up to read it.

I don't want to give any spoilers in this review, and I believe that the description given for this book gives a good synapses of what to expect. However, I will give a slight description of my own observations!

What I like about this book is that the main character, 'The Warden', the mastermind behind the biggest heist to go down in history runs a detention centre. At least this is how is appears from the outside! Little do the authorities know, that whenever they send more detainees to his detention centre, they are actually building a team of hundreds to help pull off the biggest robbery in history.

'The Warden' is a flawed person, with many issues. As we read this novel, slowly but surely we get an insight into the person he is and the author builds a good character profile for a lot of the main characters in the novel. As a reader, we start to feel a connection with pivotal characters in the book and this adds to the overall experience.

A taught, slick, thriller that will keep you on your toes to the end. Very enjoyable indeed, and can't wait for the next book in the series!!!!

by Dayna Willesee


 

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