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The Bookmaker by [Fraser, Chris]
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Length: 249 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2249 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Edge Publishing (February 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 25, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IO306WC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Other than the prologue, which was terrible, the first third of the book was very, very promising. The opening plot has all the markings of a good read. Our hero is a 25-ish pot-smoking bookmaker/ aspiring writer (Although, I personally hate it when the hero is a writer. It makes me think that the author secretly is writing about himself, but I digress). He's invited to Mississippi to write a dying man's memoirs of revenge, meets a beautiful girl, and there are hints of murder and conspiracy around every corner. But 2 things I hated even in this first-third. First, there is A LOT of talk about bookmaking that, frankly, is just down-right boring. Who needs 3 pages of the hero taking bets? Second, Small spoiler ***He's offered $10K to write the book, in advance, with more money to follow, and he has to think about it? Come on... that's just the author trying to add tension that isn't there.***

Then, comes the final two-thirds. It is just boring. BORING. And there is ALOT of sports. So much sports. Every third page is a description of yet another football game. And more descriptions of taking bets. Wash, rinse, repeat. It was so repetitive. And the sex scene is about the worst I've ever read. It made me want to gag it was so corny -- and I read romance novels. The novel just falls apart. Everything else that happens seemed just a little too derived, too cliche, too 'let me try and be clever'. Which bums me out, because there was so much potential. This could have easily have been a 4 or 5 star novel, but by the end of it, I just want the book to be over so I could read something good. It really was a struggle to finish. Reading it just seemed like a waste of time.
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As I read this, I kept asking myself why I didn't just put it down. The answer was "because it's gotten a lot of good reviews." So I kept reading. And in the end, it really was pretty bad. OK, the author can put together words in a coherent fashion, but the story itself reads like the fantasy of a typical teenage boy: A rich old fart summons the main character to get paid to live in luxury, listen to the old guy's wild stories while engaging in non-stop drinking, pot smoking, betting on football, being flirted with by the old guys beautiful grand daughter, and oh, let's also import your best bud from back home to run the pot farm that's totally cool with the local authorities. Seriously? Over 200 reviews and 4 stars overall?
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