- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Bookmaker Kindle Edition
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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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Great Job Chris, thanks for such a cool trip into such an interesting part of american history..
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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The premise is the revenge killings of the Kennedys told from the point of view of a writer tasked with writing the memoirs of the killer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yolande Maarsen
I am going to start asking myself "What is really the truth?" About everything I read and hear on the news.Published 1 month ago by Marie-Claire Hoy
Thoroughly enjoyed The Bookmaker. Fast paced. Tied into the Kennedy family so it became historical.Published 1 month ago by bet
I do believe this is the best book I have ever read! Truly a page-turner; was not expecting the way it ended. I highly recommend reading this book.Published 3 months ago by Steel Magnolia
Why all the foul language? It makes writers seem unintelligent and is too distracting.Published 3 months ago by dabudges
Too nitty gritty for me without enough of a decent storyline to stick with it. Read only about twenty pagesPublished 4 months ago by Roberta Dolan
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