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The Bet by [Brown, David]
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About the Author

David Brown is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and a veteran of over fifteen years in the financial industry. He lives with his wife, two of their five children and four cats in Marietta, Georgia.

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  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (July 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RCX4RE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
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Overall, this is a pretty good read with a strange / bizarre plot of going on the run for a bet that takes an even stranger turn over a 30 day period. After a slow start to the novel the author does a pretty good job of getting you into the action where you lose track of time while reading, not wanting to put it down.: this is a good one to read on a Saturday afternoon. Without having a spoiler, in my opinion the ending was wrapped up a little too quick but I enjoyed this one and wouldn't mind reading more from Mr. Brown.

I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion and, as I type this review, I see the pricing has reverted back to $3.99 - you'll get a lot more in entertainment value than $3.99 out of this one.
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It's a great thriller, and will keep you reading expectantly (and anxiously) until the end!! Loved it and could not put it down! GREAT story line, and super job of putting all the pieces of the story together. Also a plus for me, this story is based in my home state of Georgia, and I am familiar with a lot of the places visited. Makes it seem more "real" to me... great job David, love this book! Bring on the next one! The Bet
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Was very please with my choice of "The Bet" for my first book to download on my new ipad to enjoy on my recent vacation trip. Then when I see that David Brown is a local Georgia author and the book mentions familiar places throughout Atlanta, Macon and Savannah - as I am visiting the same areas during my vacation trip - it was totally exciting! The book was perfect and the story kept me wanting to go back for more, when I put it down... can't wait for another book! I hightly recommend this book for your kindle library!
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This is a face paced, gripping thriller. It has probably the most bizarre plot I have read in a long time. The very idea behind the plot- a person being on run like a wild game, being chased by criminals with guns, but all this as a part of a mutual agreement.

The protagonist, Richard, finds himself in a life of financial strain, and when suddenly one day he is propositioned by a stranger to participate in a 'game' akin to hunting of an animal, his life takes a definite turn. All he is supposed to do is to avoid getting caught for 30 days on the run, at the end of which he will be richer by about $10 million. But, every time he gets caught, he will have to loose a limb. Initially laughable, he soon finds himself confiding in his wife that he intends to accept the offer, with a dream of a better future for them and their daughter. Thus begins the next few days in hell.

As I mentioned, more than anything else, it is the very idea behind this novel that caught me, almost in a sickening kind of way. Although at times I found unnecessary narratives, without which this novel can be at least 50-60 pages leaner; overall the story telling is very entertaining. The language is smooth and simple, and I will term this more of an action thriller rather than dark or psychopathic. The reason for this conclusion is, to reiterate, that while the idea is bizarre, most of the story itself is regular action adventure (I could almost visualise scenes from a number of Hollywood movies on someone being on the run and dodging cold blooded paid killers). And that's why only 4 stars as well.
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The Bet by David Brown is a real page-turner. Great job by Mr. Brown of developing the characters - both the good and the evil. The book had some interesting twists with an ending I did not expect. Exciting and dramatic all the way through.
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I love to read a fast paced book and I found myself immersed in this one. I had to skip one small paragraph because I didn't like the graphic nature of it, but all things considered, it didn't put me off - it was what the story was about.

I kept sitting down to read this, although I was supposed to be doing other useful things like housework - so it really grabbed my imagination. I was disappointed when I found that this was the author's first book - so I guess I'll be waiting for a while for the next.
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This book was great, one part brought me to tears, made me mad, and had me as frustrated at some of the things he went thru. Instead of doing anything else, I had to read this to the end! A fantastic writer and I hope all of his books are just as good as this one was!
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I had high hopes for this book, but was disappointed. The author is a fairly talented writer but needs a better editor. There were many flaws. The story is highly implausible, but could have worked if the author had been able to maintain his credibility. There were many, many times where things just didn't make sense (too many to mention), or the characters acted stupidly so the plot would work, or the time line was questionable, at a minimum.

Additionally, the greatest flaw in my mind was that the author didn't really know his own characters. The protagonist, Richard, is supposed to be a very intelligent man. He accepts a bizarre bet - a deadly game of cat and mouse for a large pay-off - where he is extremely likely to be maimed or killed and which also endangers his family. He then allows a device to be implanted in his arm which is actually a GPS locator, and he blithely believes what he is told by the villain, that is it only to alert his people if Richard goes beyond the state line. I suspect every reader knew what it was before they made the incision. This man was so gullible and often so careless, I wanted to scream, "How dumb are you?" This plot device might have worked if the character of Richard had been (pardon my use of the word) retarded. I believe mentally impaired individuals have more common sense than this man does in this story.

Speaking of the villain, villains work best when they have some redeeming quality...even if they just love their dog. This person had none, nada, zilch. There is also Richard's wife, who, although supposedly loving him more than life itself, goes along with this entire scenario and doesn't once tell him he's out of his ever-loving mind, put her foot down and give him an ultimatim to forget the whole thing.
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