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The Assignments

It’s a rare opportunity to actually write the author of a book I’ve just read, so please indulge me here. I really loved The Assignments and read it in two days. The pace was perfect, and each chapter left he hanging on the cliff (very Dan Brown). It was easy to follow despite having no experience in the trading world, and all the characters felt very real. My favorite part was how Blackie would analyze things in his mind to justify his actions during the stings, and how Maggie would interpret the same actions with the opposite motivation. I loved all the little mysteries and hidden clues as well, it was a great ride! I noticed you used the qualifier “some” at one point (I should have earmarked it), as in “that was some fun”. That’s a great Newfoundland phrase and I hadn’t heard it outside of home until now, so that was another thing that made me smile.

Congratulations all around, it’s quite an achievement!

July, 2019

Anna G.


When we left Michael and Angela, in P.T. Dawkins’ The Ponzi, they had, ostensibly, gotten away with the perfect double cross, leaving Sandy Allen holding the short end of the stick and going to jail for it. But there’s a reason this series is called the Sandy Allen Trilogy.

Month’s after the events in Dawkins second book (The Ponzi), Tradur Gurl begins with Sandy Allen fuming in jail at being double crossed, determined to get back at Michael and Angela. But how can a convict, with no access to private communication, no money and no friends, succeed where the police have failed? Greed and fear can be powerful allies. Can Sandy use these to her advantage? Sandy has proven herself resourceful and she must use every ounce of her skill if she is to accomplish her goal of revenge.

I have read all of Dawkins books and with Tradur Gurl I find a writer more comfortable in his own skin. Dawkins has become concise with his descriptions, selective with metaphor and natural with his dialogue. I have said it before and I’ll say it again now, these books, to me, read like movies: visual with fast moving plots. I found myself page-turning, racing to the conclusion.

In Tradur Gurl, we have main and minor characters ruled by greed, fear or revenge. How will it end for Hicks, the guard? For Ivan, playing with mob money? How will Charlie explain this to his wife? And most important, will Sandy succeed or will Michael and Angela continue to live off the double cross? Either way, with this book we are saying goodbye to Sandy Allen and look forward to the next story from P.T. Dawkins.

February 24, 2016

Reviewed by B. Ierullo

“Tradur Gurl”, as the protagonist of this novel calls herself, is a hard-assed, conniving villain. But I loved her intelligence, her ability to face impossible challenges, and her never-failing determination. P. T. Dawkins puts his extensive background in the investment industry to good use in this fast-paced thriller. In the course of turning the pages of his tightly structured plot, I learned a lot about the shenanigans of the stock market. What’s more important, I had an incredibly good read.

April 13, 2016

Reviewed by A. Lawrence

Trader Gurl is unabashedly fun to read. It’s well-plotted, fast-paced, suspenseful, at times funny and interesting in providing a look at the underside of the stock market – although definitely G-rated. Its main strength and appeal lies with its characters. The author obviously likes them; all his creations are wrought with compassion and understanding even if in the cases of the most greedy and despicable they don’t deserve it. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

April 18, 2016

RReviewed by Chris B.


In “The Ponzi” by P.T. Dawkins, stockbroker Michael Franklin, Jr. is having a rough time at work. Unable to achieve financial gain for his clients during hard times, he begins losing them. These valued clients were handed to him by his father when he retired. Appearing ineffectual to his father, superiors and colleagues, his career is in danger. When things finally hit bottom for him, his girlfriend Jennifer has an idea that he believes will help him achieve both financial success and gain the respect of others. Jennifer has a history that she hides from Michael. Using her adept skills at deceiving people, she brings Michael into her plot, without him realizing that he is to be one of her marks. Angela is an abused housewife of a successful businessman. Things come to a head for her when her husband almost kills her during one of his rages. Realizing that she will die if she doesn’t take drastic action, she has to act quickly. Her actions result in her coming into a great deal of wealth. This attracts Jennifer’s attention. Sending Michael to do whatever it takes to get his hands on her money, Angela finds herself drawn to him. Michael becomes confused about who his loyalty should be with. As the story plays out, untruths are revealed and Michael discovers the full impact of Jennifer’s plan. Realizing that she has created a Ponzi scheme that will devastate others, he is torn about what he should do. Jennifer has made sure that he will be fully implicated when the truth comes out. The time has come for Michael to create his own scheme. I totally enjoyed reading “The Ponzi” by P.T. Dawkins. It is incredibly well written, with subplots and vivid characters, I found myself totally caught up in it. I also gained a greater understanding of how people allow themselves to get caught up in schemes that involve greed and being told what they want to hear. This was clearly happening in this story. In spite of his gullibility, Michael’s character is likable because he has a good heart. It was fun to see how he decides to extricate himself from this mess. I highly recommend reading “The Ponzi.” This is one book you won’t want to put down.

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views

In P.T. Dawkins’s “The Ponzi”, Michael Franklin Junior is steadily losing his father’s clients; a young, honest broker that just couldn’t live up to his father’s name and refuses to use any of the old-timers’ method in the stock markets. His boss, Harry Lugarno, is trying to make him quit before the young Franklin drags him and other brokers down. To make matters worse, his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer – whose real name is Sandy Allen – is actually a felon, and she has a plan. It was hard for me to sympathize with Junior. The young broker is honest but hard-headed. His relationship with his father is more like rivalry between two brokers instead of what we see between a father and son. I love the author’s straightforward writing style. There is no unnecessary description; everything is to the point but still entertains and the dialogue is sharp. The great thing about “The Ponzi” is that P.T. Dawkins is able to tell a story while giving the readers an insider lesson in the investment world. Basing it on real life events, Dawkins draws on real happenings, and stays true to the natural lingo of each character, which makes all of their experiences more real to the reader. To conclude, “The Ponzi” is a novel that will engage and entertain readers. It is one of those books that make you want to give it to the next person you come across, with a “you have to read this.”

July, 2013

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite

The Analyst REVIEWS

P.T. Dawkins draws on his career in the investment world as well as his unique insight into human nature in crafting his book The Analyst. Protagonist David Heart lands a job as a stock analyst at an off Wall Street investment firm. The opportunity came about for David to move from his job at a small town bank to the investment firm as a result of a family connection with the firm’s management. David is motivated by a strong desire to make good financially so that he can provide subsistence for his widowed mother and to pay for the care of his aging grandfather. Naive and untrained as an analyst, David is unprepared for the insatiable greed and unethical, sometimes illegal conduct of many unscrupulous operators prevalent in the financial industry. David soon finds himself verbally abused and bullied by the head trader, Blackie, and befriended, but used, by attractive Sandy Allen, an investment saleswoman with the firm. David becomes entangled in an illegal plot of extortion involving insider trading. He has been set up and is being threatened with being found guilty of felony charges for his complicity. I found Dawkin’s characters so believable that within the first two or three chapters I was emotionally reacting with contempt, empathy, compassion, and loathing. These colorful characters, the fast-moving action, and distinctive dialogue all add up to the potential for a successful movie adaptation. (Note: as a word of caution, excessive strong language may be a distraction to some readers as well as in a movie script.) Dawkins writes with an uncanny attention to detail to plot development as well as tying up loose ends. Along with the dark side of his characters, he develops an interesting perspective on business ethics, adds a touch of altruism, and a strong message of integrity. I found his descriptions of SEC regulations and investigative procedures informative as well as beneficial in adding a significant note of intrigue and suspense to a spellbinding plot. Avid readers of Wall Street adventure novels should find The Analyst by P.T. Dawkins is a riveting read that is highly recommended.

January, 2012

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for ReadersViews

…The Analyst takes the reader on a diverting foray into the cutthroat world of investment dealing and what people will do for money and power. The work moves slowly at times, has needless background diversions, and the plot is somewhat predictable; it is, nonetheless, worth persisting with if you love getting immersed in financial double-dealing. P.T. Dawkins clearly knows his business and the workings of the share market. His writing is fluid, easy to read and does enough to keep the reader interested.

December 10, 2011

Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for

When money is on the table, people can get vicious. “The Analyst” is a thriller set along Wall Street and the cut throat business acumen that goes down between it all. David, trying to help his family overcome rough financial times, dives head first into Wall Street and quickly understands the cutthroat world and is faced with a clash of illegal trading and joining those who would do it, or be the target of those who would do it. “The Analyst” is a riveting read of Wall Street intrigue, highly recommended.

November 29, 2011

Reviewed by Bethany Cox for The Midwest Book Review

David Heart is caught in a quandary. His grandfather needs a costly surgery and his mother is panicked by her inability to cover the costs. Facing eviction she turns to David for help. David is a young investment analyst who secured his position based not on expertise but by nepotism, a favor for Uncle Charley. Inexperienced and naïve he becomes coerced into changing research positions on a biotech drug company and then taking the blame when the report proves to be wrong. Easily bullied and intimidated, he is taken advantage of by predator Sandy Allen, a savvy and unscrupulous trader. On the pretense of mentoring him, she uses David to facilitate an illegal insider trading scheme. The further into it she gets, the lower she drags David down as an unknown accomplice. As he tries to extricate himself, he learns life’s lessons the hard way. Dawkins presents a very interesting tale of a sheep headed for slaughter. David is a good-hearted but immature young man placed in a precarious position by trusting the wrong people. At first, I found him to be a likeable schlemiel, but became irritated at his dependence on other people. If he would have acted on his own instinct instead of allowing other people to lead him, his circumstances might have been different. David developed his own strategy to succeed using the acronym “PERK” when referencing it. The whole concept of infusing this philosophy into the story actually diminished it for me. The reader will find this tactic unsuccessful and clearly annoying. The story can stand very well without it. Also nicely woven into the novel is the chronicle of Alexei Baikov, the CEO of Baikov Biopharma, whose company is the focus of the SEC investigation. His history and motivation are well developed as are those of the other characters portrayed. The author is careful to show that there are often hidden circumstances that drive one’s action. It is those shades of gray that make “The Analyst” so good.

November 11, 2011

Reviewed by Enid Grabiner for RebeccasReads

It’s a dog eat dog world out there in the midst of today’s economy and nobody knows that better than those who are working at wall street. Wen you’re dealing with the public’s money who can you trust? It’s each man for their self and they do not care who gets hurt in the process. David Heart grew up usually asking one question all the time. Why? Why did he get picked on? Why did his dad have to die? Why did his mother not have the money to live on? After a family friend helped him get a job as an analyst in a little shop off Wall-Street he is still asking that question. Not really knowing a thing about analyzing a business, he is learning. Now at the mercy of one abusive man better known as Blackie around the place he is soon learning that no one is there to help anyone. There is one person however that seems to want to help him. Sandy Allen, who claims she has gone up against Blackie and beat him down, but can she be trusted? Does she have a vendetta against Blackie? When a deal is made to David he has a choice to make. After he has learned the truth from his grandfather just why his mother is broke, will he make the correct choice? The money sounds good but he knows in his own mind that it would be breaking the law and he can’t help his mother if he is in jail. Now the mentor has turned against him, framing David and he alone is left to face the consequences of a crime he refused to be a part of. How will David manage to get out of this? This is a very interesting read .One has to feel for David. It seems his growing up years he was what one would call the nerdy boy of the bunch. One who never would stand up for himself and would question every action. It was always why do things happen, and that is still happening in his job. There is the occasional use of coarse language throughout the book which I always like to state so that if someone is offended by it they will know that it is in there. If you like books dealing with Wall Street and the Investment world with a thrilling tone to it then I feel you will enjoy reading “The Analyst”.

August 16, 2011

By Reviewer “Lynn”

The Analyst is a legal thriller, along the lines of “Wall Street,” and set on Wall Street. This is not my normal genre, but I found the book interesting.David was such a good hearted man who sincerely made an attempt to do the right thing, even when he was totally clueless.Several times I wanted to slap him for being stupid, but he eventually ‘grew a pair’ and got it together. The story had four main characters, all of whom showed new sides as the story progressed. I was pleasantly surprised by some. It was not always clear how the different character fit into the overall puzzle initially, but Mr. Dawkins tied it all up in the end. I enjoyed stretching my reading range with this book and give it 4 out of 5 clouds for good writing, strong story bones, and generally interesting filling.

By Reviewer Anonymous

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