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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Double Up Press (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985849908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985849900
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,703,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We love to hate Bernie yet by the end of the book we love him, period. Why? Maybe it's because he's so darned honest! "Bernie Takes Tahoe" is a gambling tale with a twist. King James even gets involved. Will Bernie change his ways and find redemption? Maybe. I thought it was funny and light, but all in all it delivered."
Gloria Sinibaldi, Tahoe Daily tribune

Can a down on his luck lounge lizard on a long losing streak take daily messages from a mysterious woman and use them in an unbeatable gambling system? With King James giving Bernie a "thumbs up" (or his bourbon-infused image of him) while playing roulette, he's on a mission to bring down the house.

Bernie's turn in luck also attracts the attention of some unsavory fortune seekers who might send him to the deep end of the lake. Will Bernie make a fortune, or end up at the bottom of Lake Tahoe with cement shoes? Read Bernie Takes Tahoe and find out.
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From the Author

In the early 70s, when I was about 10, Bernie walked me through the expansive, smoke filled, cheesy decor of what was once known as the Sahara Tahoe. I can still vividly remember the multi-colored, repellant carpeting that almost made me dizzy, the stench of stale booze and cigarette smoke emanating from a multitude of ashtrays, the sound of slot machines, and the infamous "all you can eat" buffet at the Four Seasons restaurant. Bernie Takes Tahoe is an attempt to recapture that long lost slice of Nevada history. Bernie Takes Tahoe is a roast and tribute to my late father. Bernie loved his bourbon and he did actually declare an energetic "ahhhhh!" after slugging down a glass of it, although he didn't quite shout it out as he does in the book. Bernie also loved women and visited a cathouse on occasion. Once you got to know the guy, he really grew on you. When he passed, I was surprised to see how many came to pay their last respects. Even though Bernie is a swaggering oaf with a raging libido, who gets his jollies giving people a hard time in the book, if you pay attention, Bernie is also self-mocking and a very generous tipper. Bernie was a Tahoe icon, everyone loved the guy. We miss you, Bernie, you bourbon slamming, womanizing oaf. We'll never forget you.

More About the Author

Although writing has been one of Arturo Raymond's pursuits, he didn't get serious about it until, unfortunately, the financial crash and following recession left his business in tatters, giving him the "creative time" needed to complete his first novel, Bernie Takes Tahoe, and then Obama's Ineptopia to wake up an uninformed public. Arturo also has some other books with diverse themes in the works and in publication.

Arturo's first novel, Bernie Takes Tahoe, is a tribute and roast of his late father, and a result of experiencing Tahoe's eclectic, colorful personalities and numerous visits to Nevada casinos while growing up in South Lake Tahoe during the 1970s. This environment, along with the influences of writers like Hunter S. Thompson and Jackie Collins, to name just a few, helped shape his unique, humorous, unrestrained style of writing.

Arturo Raymond is a graduate of South Tahoe High School and Western Nevada Community College.

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By T. Frank on December 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Found the book to be an easy read. Would only want to read for half an hour, and an hour later would still not want to put it down. Always looking for what happens next.
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I may have misinterpreted this work but it was difficult to follow. I think it's suppose to be funny, some of the characters seem to be funny. Perhaps I'm just spoiled from reading Tod Borg stories about Lake Tahoe. This book just never took off for me. I'm curious if other readers have the same experience.
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“I don’t know what book that guy who gave the bad review read, but I laughed through the whole thing. I couldn’t stop reading because I couldn’t wait to see what outrageous thing this guy Bernie was going to say next. Anyone who has ever gambled would love the gambling parts, especially when Bernie goes off into his weird time-warp world and King James appears giving Bernie a thumbs up at the roulette table. Also, Bernie goes off into a lot of very descriptive, amazing dream/daydream fantasies. I can believe the author grew up in Tahoe by the way he describes the locations in such vivid detail. He makes you feel like you’re actually there. That said, maybe men with no testosterone shouldn’t read manly stuff like this, or at least read the first 20% to see if they even like it.”
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By David Morris on September 8, 2013
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This was such a painful read. I wish I had read the same book the other reviewers did. My biggest problem with it was the main character was impossible to like. Toward the end of the book he sort of was a bit better, but the obnoxious Bernie was still there.

The only reason I gave it two stars and finished the book was the tour of Lake Tahoe and its surrounds. As a matter of fact that is the only reason I finished it. I could not recommend this in good faith to anyone.
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