Montaro Caine

Montaro Caine

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Montaro Caine, CEO of the Fitzer Corporation, is losing control of the company he built. At this moment of crisis, a man and woman appear at his office with a coin of unknown provenance, composed of a metal unknown on Earth. Montaro immediately recognizes it as the companion of a coin he analyzed as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT, which was later returned to its unidentified owner... But the value of the coin lies not in its monetary worth but in its hold on the people who come into contact with it.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385531115
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,25 cm.


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Aug 24, 2013

One of the best books I have read lately. Very interesting and very well written. You can practically hear the author as you read to yourself.

Jul 31, 2013

As a child/student of the Universe, this story was so enjoyable and informative with universal principals for living. It was chock full of words of wisdom, revelations and truths. My crush on Sidney Poiter is even deeper now.

ontherideau Jun 18, 2013

The storyline and the author compelled me to read but it felt it was almost over edited. The ending dragged on after I felt the story had concluded. Still an achievement for a person in the 80's.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

Well, I was intrigued enough that Poitier had written a novel to want to read it, especially as I had really enjoyed both his memoirs. I found the novel interesting enough, but not at the same level as the memoirs. Here we have the title character as the CEO of a multinational mining/chemical company, although you get little sense of just what the company does. When Montaro was a child his father travelled to Washington, D.C. to work on a research project about into autistic people. On the return trip, the plane crashed and his father was killed. But someone involved in the research project had given him an object for Montaro and that object and his research notes survived the crash.
Montaro seems to be in jeopardy of being replaced as leader of his company through some internal politicking. When he is approached by two strangers and asked to look at a coin, he is immediately brought back to his university days when he analyzed a similar coin. The story of the two coins is at the heart of this book, their origins and the people who have held them along the way.
There is a moralizing heart to this book about the need for peace, scientific discovery and forward-looking people working for the good of the planet rather than their own wealth. So it has got a bit of science fiction to it, along with an underlying commentary on doing good. However, I didn't really connect with any of the characters, finding that they seemed a bit flat to me. The story was interesting as was the underlying premise.

BB1017 May 28, 2013

I really couldn't get into this book. I tried... I really did. The synopsis was intriguing, but the book itself failed to capture my attention. It was absolutely unremarkable. The characters were flat and uninteresting; I just couldn't bring myself to like or dislike any of them because I couldn't connect with any of them. The author had a really good idea with the plot of this book, but it was executed poorly. I felt as if the author was working with a deadline instead of writing from his heart. Overall, it was just a boring book.

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