The Great Game is set in 2022. The US is trying to recover from a financial crisis of 2019 and the subsequent assassination of a presidential candidate. A divide between “blue” and “red” states is threatening the country’s unity.
David Ferguson is a divorced and dispirited computer engineer coming back from a routine business trip, when he is shoved into a car and demanded that he turn over a file that he’s never heard about. In trying to evade his pursuers, David accidentally involves Maggie, a self-absorbed transplant from Kiev to Los Angeles and a descendant of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita, Russian 20th century classic.
David and Maggie are thrown together into a dangerous world of financial and political intrigue, pursued by China’s MSS and Russia’s GRU. To save themselves, they have to uncover the conspiracy behind the financial crisis and the assassination. David and Maggie survive only thanks to their wits, courage, analytical and technological skills, and help from a few brave souls that come to their aid: an economics professor, a former SEC attorney, a bodyguard. As their helpers either get killed or have to disappear, leaving only the two of them, David and Maggie race against time to confront their opponents. In two weeks, the events take them from Los Angeles to Texas, Kiev, Moscow, and New York. The lessons of history, geopolitical games of great states, intertwining of finance and politics are some of the issues they have to come to grips with. The quest forces David and Maggie to decide what to do with the information they uncover, whether to profit from keeping it secret or to make it public and face the consequences.
The story from The Master and Margarita serves as a backdrop for the ethical and personal questions David and Maggie struggle with. Because under the surface of technology and modern finance, the issues of the human condition are essentially the same, whether the setting is 21st century America, 1930’s Moscow, or the 1st century Jerusalem.
While The Great Game has been originally written as a stand-alone book, it became a part of a trilogy, bookended by The Metronome (set in 2006) and The Outer Circle (set in 2024). This book was found on Book Club Reading List – Promote Your Book on this reading list.
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