- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Hardway Pr; 1st edition (February 5, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971714819
- ISBN-13: 978-0971714816
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brian Rouff has a chance to be to Vegas what Hiaasen is to Florida. Dice Angel is the perfect start." -- Tod Goldberg, Author
"Buy the book, and in addition to reading a delightful story, you'll be the legend of your e-mail joke circle." -- John Ziebell, Las Vegas Mercury, June 13, 2002
"Dice Angel is pure excitement. Pure intrigue. Pure heart-racing adrenaline-rush. I guess that makes it pure Las Vegas." -- Andy Bellin, Author of Poker Nation
"Funny and engaging. I cared about every single character. A great read!" -- Al Bernstein, ESPN
"I don't have enough adjectives. Wonderful! Terrific! Marvelous! Really great fun!" -- - Larry Wilde, America's best-selling humorist.
"If you're flying to Vegas, I want you to read this book while you're on the plane." -- brachman.com, Las Vegas Book Round-Up
"The characters are so lifelike, the dialogue is almost like eavesdropping on real conversations." - -- Blurb
"The characters are so lifelike, the dialogue is almost like eavesdropping on real conversations." -- Barney Vinson, author
"With an unforgettable cast, terrific writing, and a surprise ending, Dice Angel is a sure bet!" -- Larry Edell, Crap Shooter Newsletter
Check out Brian Rouff's entertaining novel. It may be the closest you hard-luck types get to a happy ending. -- John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 10, 2002
About the Author
Brian Rouff has lived in Las Vegas since 1981, which makes him a long-timer by local standards. He is married with two grown daughters. This is his first novel.
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Mr. Rouff is very economical in his writing. He tells a great, great story and if you like Las Vegas, gambling and down and out characters who get to triumph you may just love this book as much as I did. I highly recommend it and I think Rouff ranks right up there with Harlan Coben and Dean Koontz. The book is a fast read and I really wish I did not have to finish it. It's the kind of book you never want to end.
I do not play craps but after reading the hilarious scene in the Luxor with Jimmy D trying to save his bar and Aramis saying mantra's over him in the background so he can win, I may just try. I actually tried calling the dice angel as a lark (her phone number is listed on the book cover). Much to my dismay, the number did not exist.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Pete, the homeless guy, who gave Jimmy Aramis' card. Pete is a great character. Mr. Rouff is right on in his depiction of Pete (who happens to be an ex-stock broker like me).
So if you are looking for a fast, enjoyable read, pick up a copy of "Dice Angel." I promise you'll love it. And honest, the number on the front of the book (Aramis' phone number) does not exist (wink wink).
See you at the Luxor. I'll be the guy with all the dough.
Dice Angel paints most of its characters via dialog. Besides making the book a very fast read, this method brings the reader right into the action. The reader pegs each character just as he or she would do in real life, i.e. by listening to what they say and noticing what they do.
Without straining too hard to be funny, Mr. Rouff also does a good job of inserting humor into the story.
Dice Angel is a very good book written by a skillful and imaginative author.
The story builds throughout and gets better as things progress.
Having lived in Las Vegas since 1994, I will add that the characters in this story represent a realistic portrayal of the personalities and attitudes one might come across in this city.