In The Ponzi by P.T. Dawkins, stockbroker Michael Franklin, Jr. is having a rough time at work. Unable to achieve financial gain for his clients during hard times, he begins losing them.
These valued clients were handed to him by his father when he retired. Appearing ineffectual to his father, superiors and colleagues, his career is in danger.
When things finally hit bottom for him, his girlfriend Jennifer has an idea that he believes will help him achieve both financial success and gain the respect of others. Jennifer has a history that she hides from Michael. Using her skills at deceiving people, she brings Michael into her plot, without him realizing that he is to be one of her marks.
Angela is an abused housewife of a successful businessman. Things come to a head for her when her husband almost kills her during one of his rages. Realizing that she will die if she doesn’t take drastic action, she has to act quickly.
Her actions result in her coming into a great deal of wealth. This attracts Jennifer’s attention. Sending Michael to do whatever it takes to get his hands on her money, Angela finds herself drawn to him. Michael becomes confused about who his loyalty should be with.
As the story plays out, untruths are revealed and Michael discovers the full impact of Jennifer’s plan. Realizing that she has created a Ponzi scheme that will devastate others, he is torn about what he should do. Jennifer has made sure that he will be fully implicated when the truth comes out. The time has come for Michael to create his own scheme.
I totally enjoyed reading The Ponzi. It is well written, with interwoven subplots and vivid characters, I found myself totally caught up in it. I also gained a greater understanding of how people allow themselves to get caught up in schemes that involve greed and being told what they want to hear. This was clearly happening in this story.
In spite of his gullibility, Michael’s character is likable because he has a good heart. It was fun to see how he decides to extricate himself from this mess. I highly recommend reading The Ponzi. This is one book you won’t want to put down.