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eBook The Fear Index epub
  • ISBN: 0099553260
  • Author: Robert Harris
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Action & Adventure
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Arrow (August 3, 2017)
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • ePUB size: 1896 kb
  • FB2 size 1650 kb
  • Formats mobi lrf txt lrf


The Fear Index is a 2011 novel by British author Robert Harris. It is set in a period of roughly 24 hours from the 6 May 2010-the date of the British general election and the Flash Crash.

The Fear Index is a 2011 novel by British author Robert Harris.

Mark Lawson is gripped by Robert Harris's ingenious financial thriller

Mark Lawson is gripped by Robert Harris's ingenious financial thriller. Grippingly dramatising the workings of the economy (I understood for the first time how hedge funds work), The Fear Index is, in another sense, an economic novel, not merely in its condensed time-scheme but its sparing wordage: though running to more than 400 pages, these are widely spaced and some carry fewer than 150 words.

In The Fear Index, Harris creates from the thin air of cyberspace a financial thriller that's likely to unsettle the reader when . The late Michael Crichton did this kind of story well. In The Fear Index, Robert Harris does it fantastically.

In The Fear Index, Harris creates from the thin air of cyberspace a financial thriller that's likely to unsettle the reader when Wall Street bells toll. The High Noon–type showdown. brings the tale to a stunning and disturbing finish. San Francisco Chronicle. Christopher Reich, bestselling author of Rules of Betrayal Like the best novels of this genre, it offers something to chew on-and it’s entertaining.

Robert Harris has written seven previous novels – Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost and Lustrum. For his collaboration with Roman Polanski on the film version of The Ghost, he won both the French César and the European Film Award for best adapted screenplay. He is married to Gill Hornby. They have four children and live in a village near Hungerford in West Berkshire. Also by Robert Harris.

His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. by. Robert Harris (Goodreads Author).

Читать онлайн The Fear Index. He had found it waiting for him when he returned home from his office that evening, as soon as the New York markets had closed, a little after ten o’clock.

The title of Robert Harris’s new thriller, The Fear Index, comes from the volatility index, or VIX - also known as the fear index - which measures expectations of violent swings in the market, as Wall Street watchers know from the harrowing meltdown of 2008

The title of Robert Harris’s new thriller, The Fear Index, comes from the volatility index, or VIX - also known as the fear index - which measures expectations of violent swings in the market, as Wall Street watchers know from the harrowing meltdown of 2008. This fleet-footed, if sometimes hokey, novel takes place in the rarefied world of hedge funds, featuring one that has achieved huge returns by short-selling and using trading algorithms that thrive on panic.

ROBERT HARRIS is the author of twelve novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Dictator, Conclave, and Munich. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer.

Meet Alex Hoffmann: among the secretive inner circle of the ultra-rich, he is something of a legend.

Based in Geneva, he has developed a revolutionary system that has the power to manipulate financial markets. Generating billions of dollars, it is a system that thrives on panic - and feeds on fear.

And then, in the early hours of one morning, while he lies asleep, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside home.

So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts - with increasing desperation - to discover who is trying to destroy him - before it's too late ...

Comments: (7)
Nightscar
The subject was somewhat narrower and more technical than Harris usually deals with: detailed descriptions of financial market manipulations.

The story is loosely based on a true event: a 1000-point loss in the Dow Jones Industrial Average that took place in a few hours on May 10, 2010. The market recouped nearly all of its loss by day's end. If you don't remember that, and have never traded an option or set up a hedge , you probably won't enjoy this book. It's aimed at investment junkies, specifically those known as "quants" who get off on sophisticated mathematical models and AI.

Harris has done his usual thorough research on this complex subject and presents a story of a computerized trading scheme run wild. It's the 2010 version of 2001's HAL.

Characters are generally well developed and the plot believable. It fizzles out a bit at the end, but by then you've either put it down or enjoyed the concept enough so the ending doesn't matter so much.

It would be nice to see a sequel. But then judging from the difficulty I had finding this book, there probably aren't enough literate investment junkies around.

Harris is still one of my favorite novelists. I will be fascinated to find out what his bright, diverse mind will come up with next.
Kelerana
Fear plays a role in evolution. Most chapters of this financial sci-fi thriller are prefaced by a quote from Darwin or Dawkins. Other quotes are from IT gurus.
Fear in this story appears in multiple shape, such as fear of a stock crash, fear of debtor default. And much more.

The main character is a superrich 'financial engineer'. He is very successful with an investment algorithm based on fear symptoms in the public. He is obsessed with developing an artificial intelligence with learning abilities. He prefers the term AMR (autonomous machine reasoning) over AI.

We are in Geneva, the city where Sissi died and where the Higgs boson was found. On the evening of the start of the novel, the hero wonders who sent him the first edition of a Darwin book (Expression of emotion in man and animal) with a marker in a page illustrating fear in humans.

That same night, the man surprises a burglar in his villa and gets whacked on the head with a fire extinguisher. The brain scan shows some unclear spots which need to be further investigated to remove uncertainty. Is it a pre-existing condition?
After just a few chapters, we have seen fear in all shapes. We have gone through the physical fear of the burglar, the fear of an injury, the fear of a prior brain condition. The fear of losing his wife, of his marriage breaking up. When our man looks out of his car and believes he saw the burglar looking out of a tram, he fears he has gone mad.

The suspense is based on uncertainty about the nature of the problem. We do not understand what is happening for some time. Is it a conspiracy? Or a case of plain fraud and whodunnit? Or identity theft for other reasons? Or is our genius a nut case?
Unfortunately, Harris does not succeed in keeping up the suspense till the end. Somewhere after four fifth he loses steam, at the time when the pure action heats up. Maybe unavoidable with this plot.

Harris has written some excellent thrillers (most recent one was The Ghost, filmed by Polanski) and some good novels about ancient Rome, mainly about Cicero. He is worth following. This novel here is interesting but ultimately not entirely satisfying.
Gaua
Unfortunately this book took a really interesting premis and did nothing with it. There was plenty to work with: artificial intelligence, financial trading algorithms (such as those exposed in the non-fiction book Flash Boys), and the human elements of greed and fear, but after a strong start, things just fizzled.

Without inserting spoilers here, by the end of the book I was still wondering why (the deeper why, not the facile "why" so briefly mentioned) did all of those events happen to the main character...? The novel had a point: the dangers of AI and algorithmic trading (plus the greed and fear), and it was unclear why the author basically jettisoned that theme to go off on a tangent about an under-developed and unlikable character. It's too bad, because if the other themes had been developed, I believe the author could have said something new about them.
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