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The Bookmaker [Kindle Edition]

Chris Fraser , WEP Fiction , WEP Thriller
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You were right to be suspicious…
It wasn’t Oswald in the book depository. It wasn’t Sirhan Sirhan in the Ambassador kitchen. It wasn’t a massive conspiracy or government cover-up. It was one man with one agenda.
For small-time Huntington Beach bookmaker and wanna-be writer Trent Oster, it all started with a chance to collect a debt. Instead he’s offered an opportunity of a lifetime. Days later he finds himself on a sprawling southern estate in Oxford Mississippi, balancing the roles of houseguest and biographer for town legend Preston Walker—the man responsible for the most controversial murders in American history; and he’s finally ready to talk.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1869 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Edge Publishing (February 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IO306WC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What really happened on the grassy knoll March 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Bookmaker by Chris Fraser has a whole new take on the Kennedy deaths. The conspiracy theories aren't wrong, but the source of them is unknown to everyone.

When a small time California bookie is offered a book deal as a way to pay off the debt that one of his clients has accumulated he gets a whole lot more than he thought. Trent is just a young man trying to figure out what to do with his life while making his money as a bookie. Since he went to school to be a writer he figures flying out to Oxford to talk to an old man about his story isn't any big deal, especially since it pays so well. Upon arriving he steps into a whole new world.

Preston is an old man with a burning secret and a fatal disease. In order to die with a clearer conscience he decides to dictate his story to a young writer who will not judge him as harshly as an established professional would. When his grandson racks up a debt with a bookie who studied to be a writer he gets just what he wanted.

The Bookmaker is a remarkably well told story. Chris runs two storylines simultaneously taking the reader back in the past while Preston tells his story and keeping up with the current times with Trent's role in Preston's household. All of the characters are well written and believable and the story itself even keeps grounded enough to be believable. I was sucked into the story as soon as Trent arrived in the South and didn't want to put the book down after that. The tragedy that Preston described made his story all the more real. This is a great book and I'm glad that a review copy made it's way to me.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story!! June 25, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book wasn't just about the "Kennedy Conspiracies," it was also a story about power gone bad and the people whose lives were destroyed by egomaniacs with a huge sense of entitlement! It could have been set in Corporate America . . . anywhere that aggressive people can take advantage of those whose very livelihoods depend on their goodwill! Mr. Fraser adeptly weaves a tale about corruption and murders interspersed with funny, down to earth dialogue that gives you a fast, accurate glimpse of the world of sport betting. His characters are real and jump right off the page! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to Mr. Fraser's next novel.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ! May 26, 2012
By Rich
Format:Paperback
This Book was given to me as a gift and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. One of my faviorite authors is James Patterson, and this was as good as any book I have read by him! I would Highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the "who done it?" or the Kennedys, or Historical recounts. It would fit in any of those catagories, and all of them!
Great Job Chris, thanks for such a cool trip into such an interesting part of american history..
Rich D
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Kennedy Conspiricy Theory! June 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
The actual plot that Chris Fraser put together for this exiting page turner book is really interesting. In a world where we are connected with so many famous people, the new twist on the Kennedy's are always the most exiting! A must read!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different June 14, 2012
By Debaser
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For those of us who grew up with JFK and the whole conspiracy theory, now we know what REALLY happened that day! And for those of us who just enjoy a good adventure/love story this book makes a compelling read. I didn't want to put it down and really look forward to the next book from this exciting new author! Thanks to you, Mr. Fraser. I enjoyed your book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious Concept December 8, 2011
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Chris Fraser takes something as controversial and complicated as the Kennedy assassinations and makes it simple. Forget what's been force fed to the public through theory, conjecture and grainy footage, it was all one man who caused all the carnage; and he's finally talking.
Small time bookie and wanna-be writer Trent heads down to Oxford, Mississippi to collect a debt and a story, but before he knows it he is immersed in Preston Walker's dark and twisted, yet somehow enticing world. And when he starts up with Preston's granddaughter Corynne, and brings his best friend Jay out to run their not-so-legal operation; he is already in too deep.
Had to keep reading to the final conclusion when it all comes together, or crashing apart, depends on how you view it. With it's engrossing story and sharp and often times funny dialogue this is a must read. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to Mr. Fraser's next work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, Drugs and Kennedy Conspiracy December 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is one of best books I've read in awhile. I'm far from a conspiracy person, but the way the Kennedy deaths are presented in this fiction book almost seem like they could have happened that way. It could almost be considered an alternate history book. It also references football, drugs and there's a romance along the way. I'm normally more of a sci-fi/horror/fantasy reader with some occasional action/adventure thrown in. This book isn't really like that but I found it fascinating nonetheless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and entertaining December 10, 2011
Format:Paperback
Interesting premise. Kept me reading. This was referred by a friend, included it in a 4 for 3 deal and I'm glad I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Interesting story line. Making you wonder... Well written with characters you get to know and love. Could it be true?
Published 15 days ago by MJO
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this book
Just couldn't finish reading this book and I tried so hard. Rarely, if ever, do I give up on a book, but I was so tired and fed up with it, that I just deleted it.
Published 15 days ago by Leigh Lofgren
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't give 5 stars very often....BUT this one deserves it....in my...
I LOVED this book!!!!! Although I have my own ideas about what happened on the day JFK was assassinated the rest of what the old man claims to have taken part in is quite unique. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lroe
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever story and good read
The use of the Kennedy family stories is inventive and gives an interesting twist. But this is no literature. Characters are stock and have no depth or development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Vongjaroenrat
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly, it was a believable tale. The author's ...
Amazingly, it was a believable tale. The author's imagination kept me going. The subplot didn't' grab me, but that is me.
Published 1 month ago by Penny N. Alby
2.0 out of 5 stars What could have been an interesting plot very quickly disappointed....
What could have been an interesting plot very quickly disappointed. While the story the protagonist was taking down seemed to be well-research and thought out (to a certain... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cari Gillmore
5.0 out of 5 stars A different and enjoyable read
I try to diverse my reading and had just finished some middle eastern and military related books, this fit the bill! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reverend Stan Chapin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read especially for Baby Boomers
This book starts slow as you try to figure, what? But then it grabs you and you can't seem to put it down , the ending leaving you with questions, could it really have been that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by letha morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars if this was his debut, he has a long, prosperous career!
What a story teller! Loved the whole flow, from the scenes in California to the new life in Mississippi with believe able transfers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dogpilegal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was pretty good
Published 2 months ago by linda sherrod
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More About the Author

Chris Fraser is a retired surf and skate punk from Southern California, now living in Arizona with his wife Kim and young son Trent.

Chris has a BA in History and has written professionally for both trade magazines and as a copywriter. His debut novel The Bookmaker was originally released in 2011 and again in 2014. His second novel Flanagan's by the Sea will be available from Diversion Books Summer 2014.

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