On Episode 121 of the GSMC Book Review Podcast I spoke with Owen Sullivan about his book The Money is Green as well as the other three books in his Indecent Fortunes series. I've known Owen for about 8 years, and he has been friends with my hubby for over 20, so it was a lot of fun to get to chat with him on the podcast about his books. And we got to chat in person! I've done all of my other interviews over the phone or via Skype, but since Owen is local he actually came to the studio which I really enjoyed.
After losing his wife to an affair, along with the electrical contracting company he built, Jason Ballard is experiencing life at its cruelest. In a desperate attempt to get back on his feet, he takes a job at Soltech, a thriving solar panel company based in Shanghai, only to discover all that glitters is not gold.Mei Chen the seductive wife of the third highest-ranking official in the Communist Party, owns and operates Soltech with an iron fist. An industrious and successful business woman, she makes not attempt to hide her excessive wealth or shy away from her controversial opinions. Although extremely powerful, she yearns for more...wealth, status and above all more power.Leave it to the United States Congress to throw open the doors to the vault. With literally billions of dollars slated for "green energy" projects, Mei Chen stands boldly at the front of the line to grab as much of the "green money" as she can. Jason, realizing too late that Mei is a ruthless adversary and will stop at nothing...risks his very life to oppose her. (Source)
This series introduced me to a lot of aspects of finance, building, real estate, etc. that I didn't know, and this book was no exception, teaching me about the solar industry (I joked in the interview that he is the only person I know who could make use the word photovoltaic in a book and make it sound completely natural). Owen has a way of writing about these topics, which are important to the overall plots, that is informative and integral to the story without making my eyes glaze over as I wondered why there was so much detail. This book is full of action and intrigue with touches of humor, romance, and family dynamics. The characters were well-developed and layered and the story kept me engaged throughout.
All four of Owen's books are part of his Indecent Fortune series, but each can be read as a stand-alone novel.
If you would like to learn more about Owen and his books you can find him in the following places:
With a degree from USC’s School of Business in Real Estate Finance and Marketing, Owen Sullivan has attacked almost every corner of the real estate industry for over 35 years. From one tip of California to the other, he served as Senior VP for one of the largest builders in the country. In 1987, he ventured off to start his own company, developing and selling in excess of $300 million in real estate ventures. (Source)