Where Angels Prey

Where Angels Prey is a novel by Ramesh S Arunachalam. Please refer to www.whereangelsprey.com for more information

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Compelling. Waiting for a Sequel, June 9, 2015, by Amazon Customer

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This review is from: Where Angels Prey (Paperback)

Angels Prey is a compelling story which spans from the poorest regions of India to the most affluent international financiers.


The impoverished characters who exist in a very corrupt area and must pay exorbitant usury to borrow money for needed expenses. One woman couldn't get her daughter released from the hospital without borrowing funds at 40% interest. This on top of other needed loans to support her family and repair her roof.

Ultimately when she couldn't repay her loans in a timely manner she was so backed into a corner both financially and socially that she committed suicide to try to save her daughters from ruination by corrupt money lenders.

She was unfortunately not unique. Many such suicides occurred across the poorest districts and gained much international attention.


Wealthy financial institutions sold a bill of goods in developed nations such as Singapore and the US of micro financing to impoverished people who would then supposedly own shares in their company. Instead the owners and investors gained ill-gotten wealth while the poor borrowers ended up behind the eight ball.


The reporters and district manager who courageously blew the lid off the scandal made the story come alive. The resulting sanctions and arrests were only partially effective in curbing the criminal victimization of India's poor as the MFI owners simply reinvented their businesses and went forth again to profit from the unfortunate.

The tale was riveting and well written. I would suggest a glossary of unfamiliar terms for the western reader.

The author wrote from the first person perspective of each central character. This was very helpful in gaining understanding of their experience.

I found even the majority of the "evil" characters relatable in their extenuating circumstances.

Bravo. Perhaps there will be a sequel with a better outcome for the downtrodden

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