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The Bet Paperback – July 19, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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The whole premise of the book was ridiculous, however I did read it to the end but found my self skipping words and paragraphs to get the book read.Published 18 days ago by Margaret E Alexander
It moved a little slowly, and after reading a couple reviews that gave away too much information, it kind of spoiled it for me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ruth D. Morgan
While generally liking this book, I was frustrated a few times when Mr. Brown went off course into lengthy periods of things that added nothing to his story line. Read morePublished 12 months ago by john
Easy to read. A few typos but can still understand it. Suspenseful and gripping. I would definitely recommend this book.Published 12 months ago by FozynFlorida
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Good read and even though many reviews say that the ending could have been spruced up a touch I thought everything was brought together very well.Published 17 months ago by J. Bell