Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Review: 'The Bull Option' by Sameer Garach

The Bull Option by Sameer Garach

‘Where there’s a seller, there’s a buyer’ 

Texas author Sameer Garach earned his degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate studies in quantitative finance. Embellishing his career with writing, Sameer made his literary debut with this novel THE BULL OPTION, exploring Wall Street in a financial thriller. His newest book is the highly creative satire - DAKOTA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. Having read both books, an interest is sparked that glows brightly.

One of the many aspects of Sameer’s writing that makes his book so enjoyable is the quality of his writing – skilled, informed, imaginative and polished! That world of Wall Street - a perplexing puzzle of hedge funds, capital losses and gains, corporate tachycardia, IPO, suspense, and greed - is foreign to most of us, unable to be digested much less discussed with any sense of understanding. That world is at the center of Sameer’s fine novel, and for once it is comprehensible and seems credible! He ushers us into that place, creates a story that abounds with fascinating characters, and in doing so he not only entertains us: he informs us as well.

To sample a touch of his prose, ‘At New York County Civil Supreme Court, Robert Prosperi, a husky man with dark brown, curly hair, swallowed his loss. The head of The Prosperi Organization, a real estate development firm, and RP Capital Management, a hedge fund, anticipated the publicity that would follow. He closed his briefcase and stormed out of the room…’ With that carefully poised set of clues the story begins. 

The provided synopsis outlines the story well: ‘When Kannada Khan, an investment banker turned homeless man, saves the life of Robert Prosperi, a struggling hedgie, he is repaid with a unique yet risky job offer that could change his fortune forever. With plans for a theft on Wall Street, Robert aims to undermine his rival, the head of the New York Stock Exchange, and Kannada seeks to return to a life of normalcy. They recruit a motley crew from Main Street—a bartender, a stockbroker, an attorney, a computer hacker, a pilot, a boxer, a confidence man, and an upscale luxury companion—to carry out their scheme. Three weeks is all they have to infiltrate the heart of American financial power and steal the proceeds from the biggest Initial Public Offering in recent history. However, money isn't the only motive driving Kannada. Chasing his past flame is his game. Now she's working for and dating the very Wall Street titan they're trying to rob.’ Kannada Khan – once met, will resurface in our minds for a long time!

As said before after enjoying DAKOTA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, ‘This new book marks the arrival of a significant new talent on the literary scene – a young man with a solid future, whose keen mind offers fine concepts while entertaining us briskly.’ Very Highly Recommended

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.