Kusanagi, the priceless sword of the Japanese crown jewels, that must be at the coronation of every Japanese emperor, is missing.
Danny, a navy seal out of his element, is in London to sell a precious artefact - a gold ingot from an ancient sea wreck off the coast of Japan.
Jim Evans, retired whizz kid trader, is young and impossibly rich. Through a chance meeting in a London auction house with Danny he acquires the gold ingot and realises it is just the tip of a huge medieval fortune.
To Akira Nakabashi, curator of the Japanese Imperial treasures, the gold ingot represents the key to his life, the honour of his family and the future of his country.
In downtown Tokyo, Basho Kim's vast property empire is about to implode and he will go to any lengths to obtain the fortune he needs to save it.
Fate, ambition and greed come together in the search for Kusanagi - a prize of such incalculable value that it carves a trail of destruction from Tokyo to London to all those who covet it.
An exciting thriller - Thumbs up on this one
- Carol Crigger, Buried Under Books [read the full review]
the ingredients are all in place for a colourful blockbuster thriller... truly kinetic entertainment
- Brian Ritterspak, Crime Time [read the full review]
Clem Chambers´ writing is as slick and thrilling as it is authentic. Kusanagi is superb.
- Matt Hilton author of the Joe Hunter thrillers
...compelling. Be prepared to sit up in bed all night with this one
- Zoe Strimpel, CityAM
'Fresh as today’s headlines'
- Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail [read the full review]
With the global economy hanging by its fingertips, Chambers’ first thriller centres on a cockney trader who can read the stock market with uncanny accuracy, even if he’s not quite sure how he does it. Against the background of terrorist attacks in London, mysterious billionaire trader Max Davas senses the destruction that is about to happen – which could see gold and oil worth absolutely nothing.
The question is whether the East End boy wonder can unlock what becomes known as the Armageddon Trade on 11-9-11.
Full of insight into how the trading floors actually work (no surprise from a City journalist of repute,), it never lets up for a moment. Fresh as today’s headlines, it reminds the world just how close it could be to financial meltdown.
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
'Part science-fiction, part Grisham thriller, The Armageddon Trade plays out its doomy prophecies with unerring skill... a real page-turner'
- Mark Campbell, Crime Time [read the full review]
'about as good as a post credit crunch financial thriller could get – it plays on our darkest fears and creates new ones, and is impossible to put down. Essential Tube reading.'
- Zoe Strimpel, City A.M. [read the full review]
For anyone with pretensions of literary grandeur – or even just dignity – The Armageddon Trade looks at first sight like something to steer clear of, especially in public. The book’s cover sports a military helicopter flying into an erupting volcano – hardly promising.
But covers can deceive. Chambers is a financial guru – CEO of ADVFN, a stocks and shares website, and a revered markets commentator. It’s clear from reading even a few lines of this book that he also has a creative flair that has been bursting to get out for years, and with this, his first novel, it’s finally on the loose.
The action begins with a day in the life of Kenco, a genius trader at a Docklands bank who began as a teaboy there before being discovered for his talent in predicting the future of markets. Then there’s Max Davas, king of trading, who makes billions dealing US treasuries. But now his system is telling him something’s wrong, that in a year’s time, all assets will be worth zero dollars – including gold, oil, and Microsoft. In fact, the dollar won’t be trading at all. Kenco is also worried – his predictions show catastrophe is around the corner. But is it set in stone? Do predictions signal reality? Can the world be saved in the nick of time?
Written at a smart clip, and humorously observant, Chambers clearly knows what he’s talking about in the real world that he can translate it effortlessly into fiction. This is about as good as a post credit crunch financial thriller could get – it plays on our darkest fears and creates new ones, and is impossible to put down. Essential Tube reading.
Zoe Strimpel, City A.M.
'a cracking idea for a book... Chambers clearly knows his stuff inside out'
- Sharon Wheeler, reviewingtheevidence.com [read the full review]
- Geoff Cutmore, CNBC Anchor
'The book recently hit number two on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list – '
- Victoria Bates, City A.M. website [read the full review]
'Another blockbusting financial thriller from Clem Chambers'
- Geoff Cutmore, CNBC
'if Jason Bourne had to invest in shares, this is what would happen'
- Paul Mason, Economics Editor Newsnight BBC 2
'Every Stock Exchange CEO's worst nightmare!"'
- Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange
'An exciting page turner of a thriller'
- Adam Shaw, award-winning journalist and presenter of Working Lunch [read the full review]
An exciting page turner of a thriller. Jumping from the cut throat world of the City to the ruthless jungles of Africa. The Twain Maxim shows both worlds can be as dangerous as each other.
Adam Shaw, award-winning journalist and presenter of Working Lunch
'No one writes better yarns about the city’s dark side than Clem Chambers. The Twain Maxim is riveting'
- Zoe Strimpel, CityAM
'The Twain Maxim will scare the pants off even the most hardened investor'
- Updata’s David Linton, UK’s leading technical analyst
'Clem Chambers sweeps you up in a high octane thriller while stealthily delivering a crash course in trading and city skulduggery'
- Robbie Burns, best selling author of The Naked Trader
'a helter skelter romp through the jungle and financial markets... reminded me very much of Alistair MacLean and Desmond Bagley'
- G.S., crimesquad.com [read the full review]
This is a helter skelter romp through the jungle and financial markets (spot the similarity there?) that has the reader turning pages with increasing rapidity. Chambers has a marvellous style of prose as he describes events rather than emotions and action instead of words. The whole feeling of the book reminded me very much of Alistair MacLean and Desmond Bagley which I thoroughly enjoyed, having exhausted those authors many years ago.
It is not a crime, action, adventure or financial book but rather an amalgam of all four and Chambers understanding of the stock markets made his explanations straightforward enough for a novice like me to follow.
The characterisations of Evans, Mycock and Man Bites Dog have obviously been given much careful deliberation and it shines out of every page they feature on.
There are a decent supporting cast but for me Man Bites Dog stands out as a prime example of what can be achieved with a new character in a single novel. Personally, I would like to read his autobiography!
'for some thrilling action, stock market dastardly-doings, share shenanigans and a rip-roaring ending, it's a buy!'
- The Naked Trader (www.nakedtrader.co.uk) [read the full review]
Advfn's head honcho Clem Chambers has published a new book called 'The Twain Maxim', it's a follow up to the entertaining 'Armageddon Trade' which I enjoyed last year.
Traders should love it like I did. Especially those of you into the smaller mining stocks. Part of the story involves a broker disappearing after investigating a 'dodgy' listed mining company's drilling area.
We're reunited with star chart trader Jim from the first book in which his charts told him shares were shortly to go to zero (which appears to be happening in real life right now!)
It's another page turning financial thriller. There are some excellent new characters - the best of which is a lowlife mining promoter who does anything he can to get investors to buy into rubbish mining stocks.
Now throw in various warring parties close to a volatile volcano and the book erupts into a thrilling climax. Wouldn't want to give too much else away except I loved the Doombas, automated killing machines which don't quite do what they should.
So for some thrilling action, stock market dastardly-doings, share shenanigans and a rip-roaring ending, it's a buy!
The Naked Trader (www.nakedtrader.co.uk)
'a thriller with more than a touch of Ian Fleming and John Le Carré'
- Claire Coleman, Director Magazine [read the full review]
'Accomplished, ambitious storytelling from a great modern-day thriller writer'
- Patrick, jungla.co.uk [read the full review]
'Casino capitalism at its wildest, where financial markets and terrorism are an explosive cocktail'
- Gaetan Lecointe, TFI France