Today’s book review is about one of Christoph Fischer’s many fascinating books, The Gamblers.
Christoph is one of my favorite authors. His writing never disappoints, no matter what genre he writes in. He is known for his award winning historical fiction books Ludwika and The Luck of the Weissensteiners but is the author of many more successful books, some like this book, The Gamblers, written in a fast-paced thriller genre.
Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.
He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.
My Review: 5 Stars – Nothing is as it Seems
What would happen if you were to suddenly win a lottery?
This story about a geeky accountant, Ben who does win 64 million in a lottery and besides the money he acquires, comes doubt, suspicion, new love, new friends, but questionable trust. We are taken through the story with some characters Ben meets after he acquires his new riches and are kept wondering throughout his story about whether or not his financial situation will change yet again in the name of love.
Should Ben trust his new love interest Wendy, or his ‘new’ best friend, Russian entrepeneur Mirco? You’ll have to read this fast-paced thriller to find out, and in doing so, there will be some cautionary flags to pay attention to for those who may be lucky enough to come into a windfall.
This book gripped my attention until the very last page and had me wondering if Ben would maintain his fortune or could possibly become destitute from his numerous times of throwing caution to the wind. It will keep you wondering if some things are just too good to be true.
Many moments in this book had me wanting to smack Ben in the head for his impulsive behavior, but these are the elements that make for a great book. So if you like cat and mouse type adventures, you will love this book!