Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn’t have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.
by Michael Phillip Cash
n/a ; standalone
Humor / Comedy
Red Feather Publishing
August 6, 2015
I thought this book was delightful. Clutch, the ghost, haunts Telly, a down on his luck fellow who is trying and failing to become a professional poker player.
First off, I love how Clutch is both dissatisfied ghost who fails to move on and mischievous poltergeist who likes to take advantage of his anonymous form to do what he wants. Telly, too, is a likeable fellow, and I loved most his sense of right and wrong. The two together make a pretty good team, though Clutch seems to be a bad influence.
The story is short, but good. I took just a few hours spread over a couple of days to finish it, but they were well spent. The plot is solid and more complex than the corny title would imply, and I found it to be a satisfying read with a solid ending.
Overall, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this story. It’s a good mix of humor, personal growth, and competition, all in a quick ghost story set in Las Vegas. I’d highly recommend this to folks who enjoy ghost stories of the lighter variety.
The review copy of this book was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Michael Phillip Cash
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.
Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.