Author – Brett Oakleaf
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
214 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 10/4/2017
No. 61 - 2017
My Impressions: Budding romance, caring friendship, inept good guys, evil bad guys.
Jack Harris – gambler who can increase his odds of winning against the house at the Craps tables.
Erin – Jack’s gambler girlfriend, she’s beautiful and shapely, of course.
Cody – a neighborhood youth Jack befriends.
Donaldson & Keys – crooked Las Vegas cops.
Rolling With Trouble involves a mid-level gambler who has perfected the art of dice setting, the ability to influence the outcome of throwing dice to attain a predetermined result. Against his perfected common sense approach of limiting his winning streaks and walking away from the Craps table with low winnings Jack stays too long and wins too much. He draws the attention of low-life hoods who want a share of his earnings. Evil, cruel hoodlums are not the only antagonists Jack attracts; crooked, murderous cops get into the action to syphon Jack’s winnings too.
The plot moves fast and is intense at times, slow at others
The author needs to reduce his use of About and Some drastically. They are ambiguous and drag down the impact of the sentences. Also, the repeated use of Parenthesis or round brackets to add information is amateurish. He should simply add the information as part of the narrative.
It is a fun but not great read if you don’t think too deeply about missing details in the scenes and accept the poorly choreographed action scenes which are often vague. Gunshot wounds or chopped off appendages don’t slow these characters the way most victims react. A character who is shot through the bicep goes on to climb a tree with one hand to escape. A bit unbelievable. At best this is a soft core crime story, totally at the opposite end of the spectrum from hard core crime.
The editing and sentence structure are reasonably good with a few minor exceptions.
The plot is different and interesting but the writing style is wordy and sometimes confusing.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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