Guy Baxter always believed he was destined for great things, and yet he found himself drifting after completing college, unsure what direction life was taking him. An impulsive decision to go public as a corporation and sell stocks in himself led to short-term notoriety, but soon he is back to being poor once investors lose interest. Just when he thinks he’s hit a new low he meets the mysterious Ivan Vissar, who takes Guy on as a protege and offers him the opportunity of a lifetime. Before he knows it, Guy finds himself in charge of a corporation and engaged to the daughter of the richest man in town. But this is the age of the Internet boom, and it doesn’t take long for the bubble to pop; soon Guy is watching his millions dribble away and his life fall apart.
For an interesting novel based in recent history, pick up a copy of Peter M. Wahl’s Lost Capital. The Internet bubble is recent enough for most of us to remember it vividly, and the story Wahl weaves is realistic enough that readers will have no trouble believing that it really could have happened. At the same time, it is just outlandish enough to keep you on your toes, and even though there are hints dropped throughout that things won’t end well, you can’t help but want to keep reading to see how the story progresses. Lost Capital is well-written with a colorful cast of characters, many of whom readers will love to hate. The book could benefit from the eye of a good editor, but don’t let this dissuade you from enjoying the story. It isn’t until the end that readers will learn the secret past of Ivan Vissar, but it’s worth taking the time to get there.
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