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The Dempsey Gambit [Kindle Edition]

Ben Lacy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the near future, a powerful performance enhancing drug has made boxing both incredibly popular and incredibly dangerous. Boxing promoter J.J. Lincoln is desperate to find the next hot fighter. Rather than develop a new one, he finds a brilliant scientist desperate to fund her research. She replicates the most popular fighter of the early 20th century - former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.

Dempsey has ideas of his own though and decides to flee. He undertakes a wild journey across the underbelly of America. Outside the system, without a legal way to make money, he's soon forced to desperate measures to survive, including a return to the ring.

Can a fighter a hundred years past his time survive in the boxing ring of the future, much less win the heavyweight title?

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Hedgehog Publishing (April 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GIRJ3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars July 11, 2010
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Plot/Storyline: 4 1/4 Stars

This novel had a compelling plot with a storyline that kept me glued to my Kindle for the duration. I'm not a boxing fan by any stretch and had only a vague notion of who Jack Dempsey was prior to starting this book. Therefore, I cannot comment on how well Mr. Dempsey's life was researched, except to say that it seemed to be a pretty thorough accounting.

Even though I knew next to nothing about boxing, I was able to enjoy that aspect of the story immensely, as Mr. Lacy did a terrific job of explaining the details, without bogging down the storyline. I definitely know a lot more about boxing and its history than I did previously.

There were a couple of `mysteries' in Jack Dempsey's life that were mentioned, but not explained. Of course, the author had no way of knowing the answers to these real life mysteries. However, I felt that since this book was fiction, he could have offered up some plausible explanations to things. For instance, Jack Dempsey was referred to in his own time as a "draft dodger". I would have liked to have known more about that and the reasons behind it. As I have seen in other fictionalized accounts of historical figures, an epilogue or something could have been put at the end to detail which portions were `made up.'

The science was way too light, especially for such a far fetched notion as cloning someone at a specific point in their lives. Having the clone actually retain the memories of the original seemed impossible. There was not even a semi-plausible explanation given. I have complained about other science fiction books having too much scientific explanation, but this one went way too far to the other end of the spectrum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It! July 16, 2010
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I was intrigued by the premise of this book, so decided to download it and give it a read. Glad I did as I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. The fight scenes were well constructed, the pacing was brisk, and the characters were believable.

One of the things I ask myself when rating a book is this: "Did I learn something interesting and new?" This novel fully delivered on that level. Jack Dempsey came to life in these pages and I'm inclined to do some additional research on my own as a result.

Although there were some minor grammar flaws, they did not detract a great deal from the story telling. Overall, an excellent effort by the author!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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For a time in my life I watched every single boxing match on HBO and Showtime. So I think of myself as at least a moderate fan of boxing.

Ben Lacy combines his obvious love of boxing with science fiction is a fine way. The story takes place in separate times in the beginning and then merges them into the future, (not far future). Lacy takes us into an early 20th century white male's head, and throws him into modern times. I really like how he showed, what we would consider archaic and narrow minded thought and placed it into the character so that it created an inner turmoil and struggle. Basically Jack Dempsey has been cloned and through DNA memory has all of his memories up to a certain time, (actually during one of his more famous fights). The champ is asked to fight a new contender.

One issue I have with the story is it takes a good deal for granted with the science end of it. Overall this works well because it keeps the pace of the story up and keeps the reader from having to drudge threw too much minutia. The story is well thought out and kept me interested until the end.

I think this is an excellent first book from this author and I hope to see more from him in the future. If you are into sci-fi and pugilism don't pass this book up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi boxing novel August 17, 2013
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I am a sci-fi nut (especially time travel-ish stuff) and a huge fan of Jack Dempsey, so this book was a natural for me. Given the low price and kindle-only format I was skeptical, though, but the book is well-written and its subject matter explained quite plausibly. If you love sci-fi OR boxing, don't miss this. It's an easy, fun read that will pleasantly surprise you. I only wish I had a physical copy, hardcover or paperback, to display on my shelf!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read! July 10, 2010
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I was a little nervous starting this book. I am female, and don't watch boxing or sports in general, but Ben Lacy made this story enjoyable for everyone.

Scientists cloned Jack Dempsey in the near future -- Jack #2, but with all of Jack's memories from the point of his original life where he was cloned from. It was amusing to see Jack's reaction to life and society 100 years in the future, now his present... Cell phones, air planes, even the tawdriness of Las Vegas amazes and amuses him. Jack is being groomed to become the New (again) Heavy Weight Champion of the World, but is at a disadvantage -- in the past 100 years, medicine, nutrition and science has made athletes bigger, stronger, faster than his generation, and he has a tough hill to climb.

The science of cloning is only glossed over in this story, and I believe that it helps the story so that the reader doesn't get bogged down in technical and scientific information. The reader just needs to accept that fact, and then sit back and enjoy the story.

The story is fast paced, enoyable, and the reader even gets a bit of Sports History and trivia thrown into the mix.

At this price, you are getting more than is deserved.
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An engineer by training, Ben enjoys writing science fiction and fantasy with the occasional foray into horror and action. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, two pre-teen sons, and one hyperactive dog.

The Dempsey Gambit is his first novel but you can read his short stories for free at You can email him at or follow him on twitter @Hedgehog000.


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