I was hooked on The World's Strongest Gambler when I first got the chance to read that, I found out The World's Strongest Gambler: The 2nd Gamble was completed I didn't waste time reading it. The scenes that I would have considered impossible to set down in words are written with so much skill and imagination and most importantly passion, go beyond what was excellent in the first story. A part in which two people engage in combat so violent it shakes the city and levels skyscrapers- I read this and the images that I was given from it will stick me as vividly as if I had seem them in front of me and the fact this is from 'simple' words is an amazing feat. This book is FULL of moments like this, every chapter forces you to read on in anticipation of the next genuinely awe inspiring moment, well done for writing this so fantastically!
The story follows on from the first book and it develops at a blistering pace, as do the characters. It is not rushed but written very intelligently, giving us readers what we need, when we need it. That's how I felt. Pieces of back story are included and we have a great understanding of who we are experiencing, this is also true of new characters. It could be have been risky to introduce new characters but none of them feel intrusive or out of place but bring more depth to a great story. These characters will be iconic and unforgettable but please give them a chance by reading this book! The battles, personal and literal, that we share are so good to read. This is a non linear plot with many factors carefully considered, and come together beautifully. On one hand we rejoin the characters from the previous story- fighting their own 'demons'- on task uncovering a global threat and on the other we meet men who are forced into a battle of life and death against a 'man' who embodies war, a true bloody monster in every sense and just another genius creation from the author.