Thursday, 4 October 2018

The Lord of Billionaires' Row

(Now also available on smashwords.com in multiple E-book formats!)

The Lord of Billionaires' Row is a novel by the blog author, which grew out of his further research into his blog article "Buy to Rot" published in February 2014. The article was on the effects and implications of very large amounts of money from overseas, not always legally come by, being "invested" in the UK property market in general and the London market in particular. Briefly, masses of houses and flats are bought and even built to lie empty, while ordinary wage-earners cannot afford to buy properties at inflated prices and they often struggle to find a place that is for rent at any price.

Research showed that British organised crime has been doing nearly the same thing, but with somewhat more practical intelligence, since the 1940s if not before. British organised crime tends not to leave its properties empty: 

Houses are rented out, but tenants can be evicted in an illegal manner if a more profitable use emerges and renting houses to drug dealers or brothel-keepers are just two of the more profitable uses! The planning system can be gamed in ways that would not even occur to a Russian or Chinese investor, and so on. The power that British organised crime gains from putting its money into the property market for decade after decade should not be underestimated; policemen may be tenants, so may judges, politicians may need to deliver on big redevelopment schemes to get re-elected. Organised crime gets real power from the property market and not just its money laundered.

But then you have to consider that the investment by overseas figures in the UK property market is the product of power-plays in those countries, too. And those power-plays can take very politically dangerous forms, such as forbidding citizens to invest their savings in anything other than domestic property and property-market derivatives.

What became apparent to the author, was that the real story was too big and too complicated for another blog article and that it had to be told, as a story, showing rather than telling, how all these things -and more- would affect individuals and whole countries: principally Great Britain and China, with some references to Russia and Central Asia, too, because this is by no means a uniquely Chinese scenario, even if this story is largely set there. 

138,000 words long, The Lord of Billionaires' Row is a novel about crime and espionage, both of which are ultimately driven by property bubbles in Great Britain and China and the need to keep control of shares in those property bubbles, and which involves secrets and pyramids of power and deception built on hidden crimes. In the midst of which, two people try and pursue their innocent interests in wildlife despite the maelstrom.


Where to get the novel from:

Amazon.com

Link to Paperback edition

Link to Kindle/E-book edition


Amazon.co.uk

Link to Paperback edition

Link to Kindle/E-book edition


Other Amazon marketplaces:

Log on and search the site for

"The Lord of Billionaires' Row by Matthew K Spencer Paperback"

or

"The Lord of Billionaires' Row by Matthew K Spencer Kindle"


Author's Page on Amazon

Amazon.co.uk:

Follow this link for more stuff on the author.

Amazon.com:
Follow this link for a little bit more stuff on the author, as Amazon.com author's pages have more features!

Smashwords edition

Link to page where the book can be obtained in multiple E-book formats.

Note. This includes a mobi format version. This is formatted a bit differently from the "Kindle" Amazon mobi edition, because the formatting guidelines for the two platforms differ. Mostly, this is a matter of the platform's preferred style, which the author has respected in each case. The Smashwords edition, being available in several formats from the same source document, has in-text navigation features needed for a couple of the non-mobi formats, which are not strictly necessary on devices with Kindle-like navigation facilities and so are not present in the Amazon edition.
In-text navigation in this context amounts to a clickable "Back to Top" link at the end of each chapter or front/back matter section, which takes the reader to the table of contents, from where they can click a link to the chapter or section of their choice. In the Amazon Kindle edition, just press the menu button and go to table of contents for the same result. Hyperlinks are not implemented in the paperback edition, yet, but we may live to see (and probably, regret) this in our lifetimes.

Pricing:

The author has set the base price of the Amazon Paperback to £12, less P&P. There is no VAT on print books in the United Kingdom. The base price of the Amazon Kindle Edition is £4.95, including VAT. There may be a tiny "delivery" charge to distort this figure.

The base price of the Smashwords edition is $6.

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