Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: With the exception of Point Horror and Fear Street, I haven’t read many ghost story books. This story was very unique…it focused on a ghost but it wasn’t presented in a scary way.
The story takes place in Las Vegas and centers around a down on his luck man named Telly Martin. Telly has recently lost his job and is struggling financially. With the support of his wife, he is pursuing his dream of being a poker player, but this dream is quickly coming to an end as he is not doing well. He then through strange circumstances meets the ghost of one of the best poker players of all times, Clutch Henderson. Clutch wants to help him get to the championships and win. The story goes from there.
I loved the glitzy setting of Las Vegas…Vegas is the kind of place that I love to read about and watch shows about but I don’t think I’d like it in real life. I also loved following Telly to his poker games and seeing how he’s treated by the poker veterans. I would be terrified to play a casino table game as I know nothing about them and I’m sure I’d embarrass myself so it was a little comforting to see Telly feeling the same way.
I did find it strange that when Telly first encountered the ghost of Clutch, he didn’t seem extremely surprised or terrified. He seemed to acclimate to the situation fairly quickly. He wasn’t happy with Clutch but he also didn’t seem surprised to have him around.
Clutch was a good character, he was very complex and driven. He had a goal and was determined to get it one way or another. Telly was also a good character but he was a bit negative at times which I didn’t care for.
Overall, this was a fun, lighthearted story that had great pacing and kept me interested with each turn of the page.