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Where Angels Prey by Ramesh S. Arunachalam

Thursday, June 11, 2015
On My Kindle, ebook, fiction, business & finance, mystery, suspense

The micro-finance industry was intended to help poor people in poverty stricken countries get the funds that they needed to build businesses and careers; however, two reporters discover that micro-lenders are exploiting the people that they are supposed to be helping.

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Inspired by events during the micro-finance craze in 2010, Arunachalam takes his readers on a journey that spans the globe. Readers get a glimpse into the lives of some of the borrowers as they struggle to make ends meet while paying off their debts; the government officials that are fighting to put an end to the micro-lenders' seedy practices; the people that are employed by these micro-lenders; and the two reporters, one from the U.S. and one from India, that are searching for evidence to bring down the micro-lending empire that has achieved its success on the backs of the people it is supposed to be helping.

Where Angels Prey by Ramesh S. Arunachalam is well-written, compelling, and horrifying. Readers will find themselves touched by the borrowers' plights, feel anger towards the greed exhibited by the micro-lenders in the book, and see a ray of hope as the journalistic duo discovers more about the micro-finance empire.

The book is a short-read, and is difficult to put down once you get started. It is easy to get drawn into the story and feel for the borrowers as Arunachalam's passion for the subject is apparent and contagious. I am not usually a fan of "business/political conspiracy" books; however, this book is anything but your typical business conspiracy book. Where Angels Prey focuses more on the stories of the people and communities touched by the micro-lenders' actions and the socioeconomic consequences of corrupt micro-lenders, rather than the micro-lenders' sketchy accounting practices; I was surprised and pleased by this, and I am happy to make this book a permanent fixture in my expanding ebook library.

If you are interested in the book, you can download free chapter samples on the book's website, or preview it on Amazon.com. If you want to buy the book, it is available on:
  • Amazon.com $0.99 for the ebook, and $9.95 for a paperback
  • B&N.com $9.95 for a paperback copy, and $7.95 for the ebook
  • iTunes charges $0.99 for the ebook
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