Valerie (5 stars)

A great story of intrigue and family dynamics. The story is set at the dawning of a new age in publishing, digitisation. The main character, Tom, determined to save the family publishing business agrees to entertain this new idea but struggles to find funding. The story zips between Wiesbaden, in Germany, Paris and London and between the he tough world of corporate finance, and the traditional world of publishing. There are some great characters, from the bad brother , Lukas, to the strong female characters, the sisters, Meg and Liz. The story came to a satisfying end making me hope there is a sequel in the pipeline. 

Charley (5 stars)

This is a well told story of white-collar crime and family drama—a tale of the unrelenting pull of familial bonds and sibling rivalry in a traditional book-publishing family. Tom has been out of the family for years, but when his dad dies, he returns in an attempt to save the family business and his father’s legacy.  The story is full of intrigued and surprises, and the twists in family upheaval and financial scheming is also captivating. It’s a sweeping and ambitious novel that probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion. I’m pleased to recommend it.

Tony (5 stars)

A very awesome book, & great font/writing style. A very well written business thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great business thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Cathrina (5 stars)

As the author, Dale Stevens states in the afterword of The Book Publisher’s Son, this is clearly a story of Unbridled Greed. Family greed and a conspiracy drama that drew my interest from beginning to end. Since this book is based on a true story, I was astounded of what goes on behind the scenes of a big time publishing arena. The pressures and strains of running a business are hard enough without a mother and a younger brother working against you. I especially liked the strong and decisive main character, Tom, and the relationship he had with his sisters. And I always enjoy traveling, in books, to various countries like Germany and France!

James (5 stars)

Being a writer myself, I was fascinated by the behind the scenes look at the book publishing industry and it had evolved in the last couple of decades. This book has a nice balance of family tension, intrigue, and real life situations. I found the inside look into the way the German book market functions to be particularly interesting.