The Inspiration behind ‘The Flying Dragon’ by Georges Ugeux
Let me introduce myself. I was born at age 34, under the writing pen of Georges Ugeux. Georges saw me as an assertive, beautiful and sensitive Chinese woman. I believe that Georges has truly captured some of the complexities of my personality – qualities of which I am very proud. I often feel that he is so perceptive, he even uncovers some of my vulnerabilities in a way that I am not always aware of in the moment. It isn’t often one meets a man that understands such a complicated woman. I very much like what he has written about me – he has even given me great companions in the story.
Readers probably notice how I react under duress and stress, especially when I am pushed. I fight and immediately return to the inquiry. I don’t like being pushed, and despise violence. This, of course, does not mean I cannot be shocked or upset. Georges understands this about me and captured it in the novel. I was going through a difficult time and he knew to be discreet. I thank him for that. I would not have liked to see, on paper, what I went through in excruciating detail. He respected me.
Let’s face it – I believe that he loves me even if he will not admit it. The color he gave to my character was truthful, but he also painted me as a friend would do. This is how we built a relationship. My personality is a very appealing one. In fact, Georges was probably a little too nice – he is obviously a romantic guy! He told me he would bring me to London next year in the next book. I cannot wait to get lost in the turpitudes of the city.
Celebrated non-fiction author Georges Ugeux delivers an intense, imaginative and intriguing financial thriller in his debut novel, The Flying Dragon. Set against the backdrop of the high-energy, high-tension world of global finance, The Flying Dragon plunges readers deep into a world where power, greed, money, and passion can intersect in a most dangerous way.
The Flying Dragon introduces protagonist Victoria Leung, a beautiful, brilliant, fearless, and highly accomplished financial fraud investigator. Responsible for taking down Sun Hung Kai Properties’ Kwok Brothers, a real estate empire, Victoria not only established herself as a formidable talent, but earned the nickname “The Flying Dragon” in the process. When she leaves the fraud department of the Hong Kong Police, Victoria accepts a position as a senior detective at Pegasus, an international security firm based in London. The Pegasus job affords Victoria much-needed freedom, but that calm is shattered when Victoria receives an urgent message from her close friend Diana Yu. It seems Diana’s ex- boyfriend Henry Chang is in danger. Henry’s co-worker, Bertrand Wilmington, head of the derivative trading desk of a global bank, has fallen from a window of the twenty-second floor trading room.The Hong Kong Police Force quickly concludes that the death was a suicide, but is there more to this story than meets the eye? Henry Chang thinks so—and knows that if anyone can find answers, it’s Victoria, the Flying Dragon herself. Hong Kong and Mainland authorities are unsuccessful in cracking the case, but Victoria uses her expertise to discover key clues. And Victoria, a dogged, tough, tenacious investigator, won’t back down until she gets answers. As she races to piece together the puzzle of what really happened, Victoria is swept up in a world of danger, deception, and deadly consequences. Can she extricate herself from this perilous web of arrogance, power, money and greed? Will she expose the corruption and bring down a financial giant? Or will time run out? The clock is ticking….
A Belgian and U.S. national, Georges Ugeux is the Chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors LLC, an investment banking advisory boutique. Ugeux joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International. An adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Ugeux is the author of a numerous nonfiction books about finance. The Flying Dragon is his first work of fiction