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The Gamblers by [Fischer, Christoph]
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About the Author

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family. Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; 'Sebastian' in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. "Time To Let Go" , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller "The Healer" was released in January 2015 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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  • File Size: 1222 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XOQRGAO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wonderful story of an addictive personality that gambles not just as a hobby but with his love and his life. Ben is an accountant and loves loves loves probability theory, reading books about algorithms and game theory every chance he can get. Despite winning millions in the lottery, he is discontent to the point where either he feels like the windfall is a burden or somewhere in his subconscious mind, he feels like he doesn't deserve such wealth. True to the adage of a fool and his money soon being parted, Ben becomes a mark to the criminal element and he is aware that all friendships entered into after his windfall are suspect and questionable. His new BFF Mirco seems to be a true friend and the gorgeous stewardess Wendy whom he meets on the plane (who he would have normally considered out of his league) is especially suspect. Even though I had my doubts about who was conning whom, I did not see the ending coming, which was a shocker! Can't get enough of this author:)
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"The Gamblers" by Christoph Fischer is a Kindle edition for which two editors get credit, as well as the writer himself. This extended by-line is a bit mysterious, but that's a mystery for you, not me, to explore. The story in The Gamblers is seamless, as if it jumped completely perfect from writer's pen to your mind, a well done, fast-paced book meant to be fun but thoughtful, somewhat like the cautionary tales of old.

"The Gamblers" is, moreover, a timely book about wealth, a subject people never can get enough of, these days: what it can do for you, what it may do to you, and what can't be bought at any price.

Our protagonist, Ben, is not only an accountant, but an obsessive gambler who wins $64M in a lottery, and the fun begins.

If you hear yourself yelling at the book's pages, trying to give Ben good advice, you'll be in the spirit of this story.
Ben's new-found wealth brings new-found friends of the most questionable sort. New friends are difficult to trust, but of course Ben’s riches make everyone suspect.

There's a Russian gambler, charming fellow, and a new girl, Wendy... chance encounters, or stalkers of the suddenly rich?

Ben learns hard lessons about friendship and money in this amusing tale that has more bite than you'd expect.

Well done and blessedly free of vampires, werewolves, and seamy urban underbellies. Five stars for this new take on a venerable story.
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There is a wonderful connection between Christoph Fischer's books. I read The Healer some time back and was tempted to come back for more by this stylish author. While both books are very different, it is the writers narrative style and voice that links them. There is a simplicity and authenticity that is very attractive. Here he tells the story of Ben Andrews, a man whose life is changed by fortune and continues to be changed throughout, by the choices he makes. The cover and the title say little and everything. I wont reveal plot spoilers but the transition from the opening lines on board a flight to New York right through to what is a superb ending ensured that I have another favourite author. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and have been slow to review it but in the intervening time, the story has stayed with me. I have seldom read a book that took me along the way this one did. The Gambler's didn't take off at 100 miles per hour but there is a gradual, growing l intensity that grabs hold of you and never lets go. Perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay this writer and this book is to say that I found it somewhat addictive. I read it on holiday and literally kept sneaking a few more pages in every time I got a minute to myself. I would go further than to say pick up The Gamblers if you want a wonderfully written story. Having read two Christoph Fischer books, I now have a third on my Kindle so I have to say, take your pick, you can't go wrong. There is even a nice introduction to 'The Healer' thrown in at the end to tempt you to another book I heartily recommend from a genuinely great story teller in a slightly old-fashioned sense, which is a good thing, The Gamblers is one of my favourite reads this year.
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Ben is a very well written out character who’s geeky, shy, very smart. He’s an accountant and a gambler. Out of sheer luck, he won a whopping 64 million in the lottery and I dived into a world of how money can change a man and the people who surrounded him.
It’s amazing how some people who have never spoken a word to you, all of a sudden are in your face, trying to be friends or somehow try to swindle what you have. Mr. Fischer did an excellent job of explaining reality.
Ben meets a woman and you know he has to question if she’s with him for him or for the money. You will definitely be curious in finding out
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First up, a complete disclaimer - I did not read the blurb before starting to read this book. The author is a quality one, and everything he does is to a very high standard. What I was not prepared for was just how engrossing this tale of cross, cross and double-cross was going to be.

Nerdy, geekish accountant Ben is a numbers man. So much so, that he even has a system for winning the lottery (don't we all!) but in his case, he actually wins. Overnight, he is a multi-millionaire.

Even with all his millions, it's now a case of 'what shall I do with it all'? and whilst we may look at real-life multi-millionaires and think oh yes, poor you, what a burden (!) author Christoph Fischer drags us kicking (and probably screaming) into a tale where not everything is as it seems, and trusting others comes at a premium - certainly one too high for this reader.

When Ben locks eyes on the beautiful Wendy, he wonders, as he touches down in New York, if he will ever see her again. She's a stewardess when she first meets him, and they promise to email each other and meet again. But Ben is not your typical handsome guy - he's never been lucky in love (try gaming that with a system) and so he is not sure if he will meet her again. Also, he hasn't told her about his new wealthy status, though, as she really is the one for him in his head, he may have to confront that one day.

On landing in the Big Apple, he meets the mysterious Mirco, a Russian for a talent for winning at poker. He explains his system to Ben, who in turn gives him one of his own, before being amazed at Mirco's luck. To his new Russian friend, it's not luck at all. He has a system and he works to it, always knowing when to walk away.
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