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- Print Length: 236 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1512151807
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- Publication Date: June 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XOQRGAO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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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His character is written very well, he is naive, unworldly in both money and love and perhaps not the best looking guy to walk the earth, however, soon befriended by an ultra confident Russian by the name of Mirco, his transformation soon begins. Enter the delectable Wendy, met by chance on an aircraft and as sweet as sugar itself. Wendy is written as the perfect partner, not into money, beautiful, shapely and it would seem, with Ben's best interests at heart... I caught on pretty quick as to where this story might lead with only one possible twist that I missed, well done to Christophe for throwing that in there. The way that characters Mirco and Wendy play off against eachother is great, as a reader, I can feel the unspoken tensions between them and for good reason in the end, which I will not reveal here. The overall plots and schemes are very well written, as is the description of the scenery in various clubs, bars and gaming outlet venues. You get a real sense of something seedy, yet classy and elite. The ancillary characters add to the atmosphere of hush, hush, high stakes gamblers coming together to play in matches not open to anyone but the elite. This isn't all about the money though, not just about the winning. Its about the challenge, the tactics, the methods and ultimately, the prize and what lengths people will go to to get it.
The story is well planned, intricately woven throughout and has a good pace with regards to suspense and scenes. While not an action kind of book per se, it does drag you in and pull you along quite nicely and kept me reading until the end. That, in my view, makes it a worthwhile read. Going back to the ending, I liked that. I knew what the inevitable would be for Ben, however, I hadn't figured out the eventuality of his future which I really liked. It reminded me of a film seen on TV some years ago along similar lines.
In summary then, what you have is a story that has many twists and plots, scheming, determination and in effect, a rolling game of chess in which the eventual winner will be the master. The gambling theme to this was fascinating, the whole idea that it could simply be about feeling Lady Luck or that it could be a pre-determined pattern I found particularly engrossing. It earns its 5 stars from me based on the compulsion to continue reading alone. Well done on a great, intriguing story!
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.
Ben lets slip his thoughts on Wendy, and Mirco promptly says 'I have contacts, we'll find her.' Now this is where the book took a rather sinister turn for me. I was instantly fearing for Wendy's safety as Mirco seemed to be the kind of guy who you could not refuse an offer from.
Ben has questions too, but he is soon whisked into the heady lifestyle of Mirco, who at this point doesn't know of Ben's millions but is aware he is not exactly short of a bob or too.
Money, poker, drink and a heady nightlife soon thrust Ben into the arms of other women. But he still cannot get Wendy out of his head. My jaw literally dropped when Ben arranges to meet Wendy in Nairobi, only to find Mirco there instead. But not to worry, he has contacts and he will find her.
And find her, he does, to Ben's amazement.
Suddenly, I really start to believe Ben's luck in money will now transfer to love. He and Wendy really hit it off this time, it is no romantic holiday moment. He decides that she is the one for him, and wastes little time in telling Mirco.
Ben is tiring of his Russian friend at this point, but I think it was more to do with the excitement of having Wendy back in his life. Plus....she does not like the Russian too much, and this thought works its way into Ben's mind.
He then plans to marry Wendy and tell her about his money.
You would think 'happily ever after' because Wendy appears thoroughly disinterested in his millions and want Ben for who Ben is, not what he has.
To say more would spoil more. Let me just say that The Gamblers is simply an essential read. The ending threw me for a loop and if I am honest, it is not the ending I wanted, but nonetheless it is a terrific ending.
Recommended for everyone because it hits the mark on practically every level.
We follow Ben Andrews, an accountant as he goes through some dramatic changes in his normally boring, safe life, after a truly major win on the lottery.
Get anxious for him when he meets Wendy the gorgeous air stewardess. Can she really be this nice? She can't know about his good fortune as he had told nobody.
What about when he meets Mirco, who teaches him gambling 'tricks' with cards and roulette? Is Mirco a good new friend for Ben? Can he be trusted?
We can only hope that Ben can deal with all the insecurities and doubts when his life begins to change as he tastes a little of how the rich and famous live.
Will Ben lose all his money, will his life end in disaster? Will he be lonely in the end as he was in the beginning? Or will he finally win in the game of life?
This is a masterpiece of entertainment. Thank you Christoph for a very enjoyable story.
In some ways the subject matter is irrelevant because what we have is a story about human relationships and the varied emotions we all experience, especially friendship, love and trust. The plot centers around Ben, a numbers geek, who wins the lottery and on an impulse trip to New York meets both someone he will love and someone who will become a great friend. I can't say too much more about the plot because it twists and turns before ending with a great surprise.
The author writes well and draws you into the world of Ben and his new friends. Ben is fundamentally lonely despite his wealth and his larger than life new friend is great fun.
In summary, I loved the book and I think it will have a wide appeal whether or not you are interested in gambling.
Alone with a fortune Ben decides to visit one of his favourite places, New York. He gets upgraded to first class (even though he can afford it he is, shall we say frugal). That flight changes his life, first he meets Wendy, the stewardess who seems to like him, and then by somehow getting the name of a bar wrong she told him about, he meets Mirco, the Russian.
Mirco shows Ben how the rich and famous live. 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
Ben has a night of passion with Wendy, and followers her around the world. When he’s not doing that, Ben is living the high life with Mirco. One of them is playing Ben for a foul, which becomes obvious about half way through the story, but there is a twist at the end.
Mostly well written, just a couple of things didn’t make sense, but truly well worth the read.
Ben is an accountant, has poor people skills and is obsessed with numbers, sequences and proving randomness does not exist. His life is thrown upside down when he wins 64 million on the Euro Lottery. The book charts what happens next.
I won't ruin it for others but I did suss what was going on at about the mid way point. It was still an entertaining read and I had the sense the author had a lot of fun writing the book and his enjoyment was infectious.
A little slow to start but you're gradually drawn in as you worry for Ben and the people he's getting involved with. The story reminded me of one of my mother's many sayings - "Never try to kid a kidder."
Overall a fun, feel good read.