The Umbrella Men by Keith Carter – Book Review. @keithcarter88 @NeemTreePress @annecater #TheUmbrellaMen


A witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and their unintended consequences on everyday people. Finance, environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a complex of flawed motives. We follow Peter Mount, the self-made Chief Executive of a London-based rare-earth mining company as he and his business are buffeted by crisis-torn Royal Bank of Scotland and by his own actions, real and imagined.

Meanwhile in Oregon, Amy Tate and her group of local environmental activists do their contradictory part to undermine a component of the green economy, unwittingly super-charged by the Chinese state. The repercussions of events in pristine Oregon are felt in the corporate and financial corridors of New York and London with drastic consequences. This is a deeply involving novel about the current workings of capitalism, miscommunication, causes and unexpected effects, love and survival.



This is a novel with a difference….it’s the tale of people, greed and consequences.

Peter is the CEO of a small mining company, his wife Ivy spends money they do not have, all based on his shares in the company….

“Oddly, considering her soft left wing views, Ivy was an enthusiastic, free spending, brand-name snob”

There’s, Amy used to work for an investment bank, but seeing what money does to people, left and moved to a cabin in Oregon.

Hoxie, is a Yale educated, Native American man, living on a reservation and a trustee of a conservation society.

There’s a mix of different backgrounds, economic and political and in the locations of London, New York and Oregon.

While this is fiction, it does give a lot of details about the financial markets, mining for rare minerals and the effect both of these had on the world economy and the crash of 2008. A story of easy credit, money and sheer greed with the impact this had on people from all backgrounds, which we are still feeling the effects of now. Written with a sharp wit, an interesting and thought provoking read.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.



Born in Scotland, he read Economics at Cambridge, taking a First in 1981 when he was elected a Scholar. He worked as an investment banker before going straight and running a small pharmaceutical company. 

Now a writer and business consultant he enjoys travel, politics and economics, reading and writing, languages, music and meals with family and friends. Keith suffered a spinal cord injury in March 2018 and since rides a wheelchair.

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