Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions Paperback – 6 May 2004
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"... Bringing Down the House is a can't-miss deal" (Lorenzo Carcaterra)
"A surreal cacophony of glamour, suspense and, eventually, terror. Part Tom Clancy, part Elmore Leonard...Gripping" (The List)
"The tale laid out in Bringing Down the House is so beguiling, so agreeably reminiscent of, say Ocean's Eleven or House of Games that you find yourself mentally casting the parts as you read along... A fine yarn' Sunday Times"
"A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction ... Mezrich's skilled yet easy writing draws sweat to the reader's brow" (Rocky Mountain News)
"Bringing Down the House has a sensational story to tell" (Literary Review)
A gripping real-life financial action thriller, telling the story of a brilliant team of MIT students who won millions of dollars in Las Vegas. Ocean's Eleven, but for real.
Adapted into the box office hit heist drama film 21, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth.
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The style of writing is quite clear and it makes it easy to read. The story traces how a MIT student called Kevin is recruited into a card counting syndicate. He becomes addicted to the life style of winning big money and taking on the casinoes. Acting as a player in part of a team he goes from table to table winning mostly and occaisinally losing. You learn an iota about card counting and so how a knowledge of both statistics and good memory are fundamental to beating the dealer. I must admit I was interested in the story.
The author Ben Mezrick narrates what he says is a true story, from the perspective of a researcher about to write this book. In some of his chapters he jumps to the present day, which must be 2002 when the book is copyrighted. So if you think a couple of pointers might of been picked up, beaware, it's out of date and casinoes have even better technology today.
I only give this three star because the story becomes predictable, you know where it's going to end and it ends in an anticlimax. I would recomend this to a friend as something mildly entertaining, but don't expect much more out of it.