Authors Showcase: The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer
July 24, 2015
The Book: The Gamblers
The Author: Christoph Fischer
The Story: 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.
About Christoph Fischer:
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence.
After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Review by Brenda:
The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer is another captivating piece of fiction by this passionate author. I love his authentic quality of writing and the candidness in his characters. There is an ease to the style of writing that makes you want to keep on reading once you start. This book was especially gripping as it kept me in suspense through all the clever twists and turns.
The human existence never gets old and this book explores it through love, loss, deceit and friendship. Trust is a big issue here and when money is involved anything can happen.
Ben, an accountant in a law firm had become an obsessed workaholic with few friends to speak of. His closest friends were people he knew from online gaming and chat partners. Not anyone he knew in person. He was a loner in London who had plenty of secrets up his sleeve.
Money can’t buy everything. Or can it?
“The glory was coloured by the slight feeling that maybe this was too huge for him. The scale of this win was soon beginning to feel intimidating. Joy, panic and shock rotated in his head on a fast carousel. Adjusting to this was hard. Lately, he wasn’t particularly close to anyone and couldn’t share his sensational news…”
Review by Billy Ray Chitwood:
This was indeed an enjoyable read – I know just enough about gambling to get me in trouble. Mr. Fischer appears to me a student of human behavior, and The Gamblers does a very nice job conveying this, along with other books he has previously written.
Take a handsome, geeky introvert London accountant who lives modestly and gets his jollies from video game playing with a good friend. Then this handsome geek wins a 64,000,000 Euro Lottery, and you might think even a geek will do a few windmills. Not Ben Andrews! Ben shuns all the brokers who know so well how to manage his money, decides ultimately to give a million to Cancer Research and a million to Children Projects, and leaves the rest in the bank for a monthly payout of roughly 64,000.
He does splurge and moves into lovely quarters at Covent Gardens in the middle of London, then further decides to travel to his favorite city – New York. For some reason the big ocean-crossing jet upgrades his business class ticket to first class. Here, he is prevailed upon by a beautiful blue-eyed and curvaceous flight attendant who gives him tips on places to visit in New York City. Lovely Wendy shows interest and it is clear these two will meet again.
In New York Ben meets a handsome Russian gentleman by the name of Mirco. Ben and Mirco bond nicely over the NY stay, gamble, and pick each other’s brains…Mirco plays poker intuitively and Ben tries to put a formula together for betting. Mirco takes care of all the tabs the two run up, not allowing Ben to chip in and pay his part. The two become close friends as the tale progresses…Ben has not had too many close friends in his life.
Ben also runs into Wendy and has a rather flammable rendezvous in his hotel room…is it okay to hate a guy in a ‘book review’? Look, I saw the starlet the author wants to play Wendy’s part in a movie!
So, these three protagonists meet in London, Nairobi, and other exotic places for gambling and romance, Mirco still picking up the tab – hey, he’s a wealthy guy! Wendy moves in with Ben and some issues come up for Wendy about his gambling and her dislike for Mirco.
The novel moves sequentially along very nicely and intrigue follows chapter after chapter. It is a solid read and will be pleasant reading for romantics and risk-takers…and you surely don’t want to miss the ending!