Firstly I would like to thank Rachel Gilbey of AUTHORIGHT for inviting me to take part on this BLOG TOUR for THE EXPANSION by CHRISTOPH MARTIN
In politics and big business, truth is a matter of opinion.
Straddling the storyworlds of Panama, Washington and London, The Expansion follows British-born geomatic engineer Max Burns, whose revolutionary water-saving system wins him the esteemed position of head engineer for one of the 21st century’s most politically contested megaprojects: the expansion of the Panama Canal.
For Max it is a dream come true: not only is he able to work closely with construction giant and old high-school friend Godfredo Roco in one of the most beautiful tropical environments, but it’s the kind of job Max has been working toward his entire career.
Yet in the arena of global trade and diplomacy, stakes are high, and when a senior official of the Panama Canal Administration is found dead, Max finds himself in the frame for sabotage and murder, and at the center of a web of political intrigue and betrayal that reaches far beyond the idyllic shores of Central America. The only person Max can trust is his new-found love, Karis Deen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Except Karis herself holds a secret that could not only destroy Max, but could change the entire balance of world power.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When the chance of a life time is offered to Max Burns, by an old school friend, he is willing to give up everything to take it including his future with his fiancee Sarah and new position in his father in law’s to be company. It isn’t even guaranteed as this huge project has to go out to tender. Max is an geomatic engineer and his revolutionary water saving system is perfect for the expansion of the Panama Canal, a project that will take years to complete. Everyone knows Max has the winning design but it will come down to finance in the end and as the bids are announced Max knows they simply can not compete.
Max was brought up by his wealthy parents until at 16 everything changed and the boarding school in the Swiss Alps was replaced by living with his Uncle Alan on a housing estate. I liked uncle Alan who was hard working and didn’t expect anything for nothing but still had his dreams of what he was aiming for. Max had sort of fallen on his feet meeting Sarah but this project would give him the success and acknowledgement he had worked so hard for.
This is a story of the big business greed and politics and how ruthless and cut throat it can turn when big money is concerned. I felt like I knew all the key players pretty well, when the pace picked up about half way through the book. Murder and mayhem take over but just because something seems obvious doesn’t mean it is the right conclusion.
Loved the setting of this story which told of beautiful beaches, parties and a perfect place to fall in love. This book has a bit of everything. Very balanced, intriguing and tense.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christoph Martin is the writing team of Christoph Martin Zollinger and Libby O’Loghlin. Christoph Zollinger is a Swiss entrepreneur whose career spans legal, military, corporate and private enterprise. Christoph graduated with a lawì degree from the University of Zürich, after which time he went on to live and work in Panama in corporate and private enterprise for more than a decade. In 2012 he returned to Switzerland with his wife and children. He divides his time between his home in Zürich and a tiny Alpine village in Graubünden.
Libby O’Loghlin is an Australian novelist and prize-winning short story writer who has a career in narrative media production, including film and television, as well as print and digital publishing. She has lived in the UK, USA and Malaysia, and she now lives with her family in Switzerland.