In a world where success is defined by flashy cars, designer clothes, and bank balance, where profit is everything, and ruthless executives call the shots—anything is possible. Ethical and naïve, Jacob Gilbert is thrown into a pool of greed and shady business dealings as he enters his first year in banking. Surrounded by cutthroat associates who will stop at nothing to please their bosses, he languishes at the bottom of the stack ranking charts. How can he turn his career into a success while maintaining his soul? After another unsuccessful quarter, Jacob heads to Brazil to visit Rodrigo, a college buddy. Rodrigo suggests a business proposition that may turn Jacobs’s career around. But is it ethical? Will it lead to success? When the 2008 financial market crashes, the bank falls apart, and some of Jacob’s colleagues are hauled off for questioning. Caught in a web of international financial dealings, will Jacob and Rodrigo go up in flames as the US banking world explodes?
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I started in the banking industry right out of college in 2005, and the financial crisis hit in 2008. After that traumatic period passed, I envisioned my future self spending time in a small Italian village, sitting on the balcony writing a memoir about the crisis. It turns out life has different plans; as I worked from home during the Covid-19 pandemic with way too much free time on my hands, I decided that instead of writing a memoir in the future, I’d write a fictionalized version of events that may or may not have occurred.