In his latest book "I Deal To Plunder", author John-Talmage Mathis takes a gamble by exposing the often deceitful casino industry from the inside-out. This narrative, based on his experience, is both compelling and thought provoking.
Living in a city where casinos are amongst the largest employers, it seemed practical to take his marketing experience to one of the many casinos within the city. What Mathis soon discovered is that many who occupy management roles within the industry lack the education and etiquette to manage others; much less themselves.
"I Deal to Plunder" offers advice on the subject matter of problem gambling and it gives hypothetical scenarios of how a casino entices gamblers. Further explored is the blurred line of the industry and its practices. Is gambling simply entertainment, or is the profitability of casinos driven by gambling addiction?
Mathis has taken a huge gamble on this exposé styled book; and it's the reader that wins from this. In his book, the reader will learn of his story, become exposed to the prevalence of gambling addiction, learn of his difficulties receiving treatment from his health insurance provider, and he tells of his less-than-comedic ordeal of being diagnosed with narcolepsy.
Mathis' plight is one that is shared by many. His discussion attempts to lend a hand to help these readers soar-soar away from toxic relationships, toxic casinos, and toxic self-doubt-- all of which are results from when a person is exploited and discarded as if they were an invalid lotto-ticket.
The reader will learn of his frustrations with government bureaucracy; of his legal pursuit for unpaid wages and of being discriminated-- all of which has taken him into the legal arena of a federal court. Learn of the 900-day EEOC investigation. Learn of the year-long shuffle for unemployment benefits. And join in with him by becoming frustrated by the hoops he has jumped through ... with each failed system fading his belief in the American Dream.
A highly educated man, former soldier and dedicated son, Mathis was underutilized, disrespected and mismanaged in his personal pursuit of the American Dream-- to get an education, secure a career, and to work your way up through the ranks.
The book is interlaced with anecdotes and motivational quotes, and it's his story that will appeal to anyone who has ever desired to excel at their job, but was shot down by a deficient corporate infrastructure.
Mathis points no finger in his book, he only questions his encounters. What he does say, though, is that, "The New America has failed me. And my working at the casino has caused a bruising to my soul."