The Bull Option

A Wall Street Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
359 Pages
Reviewed on 03/02/2019
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Author Biography

SAMEER GARACH was born in Houston in 1986 and earned a BA in Mathematics with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. During graduate studies in quantitative finance, he developed a passion for writing and subsequently wrote his first novel, "The Bull Option," a unique and cunning financial thriller that moves at a breakneck pace. He later went on to write "Dakota and the American Dream," a charming and hilarious corporate satire that entertains adults as well as children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Kannada Khan had been homeless for several years after a lucrative career as an investment banker. His fortunes changed when he saved the life of Robert Prosperi, a real estate developer and hedge fund manager. Initially, Rob simply wanted to repay Kannada for his kind deed. But, the two of them developed a plan which could result in millions of dollars. Kannada wanted to be successful again. Rob wanted to get even with his nemesis, David Lemon, the head of the New York Stock Exchange. Rob and Kannada forged a complex financial heist and recruited a diverse group of people with special skills to carry out the scheme. This included a gorgeous “companion” named Zara. When Kannada lost his job, his engagement to Amara ended; Zara provided a tantalizing alternative. The Bull Option, written by Sameer Garach, is a thrilling adventure - a masterful plan to steal money from David Lemon during a large Initial Public Offering in the NYSE.

This book is written in a fast-paced style. Although there are many people involved in the plot, each one is aptly described and easy to imagine. Each character has distinguishing aspects, such as the computer hacker who eats Cheetos constantly. While the main plot is the unfolding financial heist, and whether or not it will succeed, the love relationships in Kannada’s life add another suspense element to the story. This book is a page-turner, and the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. Author Sameer Garach has crafted a captivating and realistic story in The Bull Option. It is a thrilling read!

Debjani Ghosh

The Bull Option is a work of suspenseful thriller fiction penned by author Sameer Garach. Set in the cutthroat world of finance, this criminally inclined novel starts when homeless and hopeless Kannada Khan saves the life of Wall Streeter Robert Prosperi. As a former banker, Kannada sees the opportunity to reverse his fortunes and win back his former love when Robert persuades him to partake in a Wall Street heist. The homeless man goes on a wild ride, recruiting a ragtag crew and planning the heist of the century.

Sameer Garach’s work reads like an upscale Ocean’s Eleven, bringing the complexity and elegance of New York’s financial world into the mix alongside everyday Joes who want to make some money and make it fast. What really sold it to me was the down-and-out Kannada Khan, whom any reader would empathize with and root for despite the huge financial crime he’s planning. Author Sameer Garach puts great empathy into Kannada’s dialogue and ways of thinking, offering a unique and intimate perspective of the lengths that people will go to get themselves out of the gutter, in this case, literally. Garach strikes an excellent balance between the well-described ensemble cast and the plot, which wasn’t overly complex. Overall, I recommend The Bull Option to fans of crime fiction, suspense novels and heist movies in general.

Lit Amri

In The Bull Option by Sameer Garach, homeless Kannada Khan is a former investment banker who hit rock bottom. With so much time on his hands, he’s writing a book about a heist on the New York Stock Exchange by a group of people. When he saves Robert Prosperi, a troubled hedgie, from getting run over by a taxi, Robert invites him to dinner, where the book is discussed by chance. Intrigued, he offers Kannada the risky task of making the fictional scheme a reality, aiming to subvert his rival, who’s also a hedgie and the head of the NYSE. Worried but seeing the job as a fast way to turn his life around, Kannada recruits his people to steal the proceeds from the biggest Initial Public Offering, an action that will either make or break him.

Hedge funds, insider trading, stock markets, IPO-there was an initial concern that I wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate the story with my layman knowledge regarding the mechanics of the financial world, particularly Wall Street. However, The Bull Option is not excessively weighed down by too many monetary details or financial terms. Non-technical readers will be able to enjoy this financial thriller just fine. The recruitment process of Kannada’s motley crew of ‘The Main Street Company’, the planning of the heist, and its execution are quite Ocean's Eleven-esque although the outcome is not as smooth.

The story is another reminder that the world of Wall Street is unforgiving and that morality is simply inapplicable, particularly when it’s about greed and getting even. Garach’s characters are well-developed to move the plot in its intended direction. They are not easily likable at first; in fact, most of them are not likable at all. Nevertheless, morality is not completely lost on some protagonists, which may or may not surprise readers. Overall, this is a solid debut from Garach.