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The Gamblers by [Stanley, Martin]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2924 KB
  • Print Length: 556 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W82MYI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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I've read a couple of novellas from Martin Stanley's increasingly impressive back catalogue before this one, and they've been entertaining blasts of violence and witty dialogue, bereft of morality and generally ending with a winner-takes-all finale that leave the taste of blood in your mouth. So when I jumped all the way to the beginning and picked up this huge and ambitious debut novel, I was hardly surprised when he gave me more of the same. What surprised me, however, was just how grander the scale would be.

It's the tale of several men, each with their eyes on a final score which will see them leave the life they're living for good. There's Liam, a drug dealer whose own men have got designs on taking him to the cleaners. He's got a huge deal coming up, which involved Colombians, cocaine, and £750k of Liam's hard fought money. The thing is, Spike knows all about the money, and he's got his own plans to take it. Then add to the mix overweight gambling addict Mike Kandinsky who, in an act of fate, overhears Spikes plans, and comes to the conclusion that he and his equally deadbeat friends can liberate the cash for themselves. And finally there's corrupt cop Dave McManus, who feels like getting involved so he can disappear with the wife and kids for good. The story bounces from double cross to double cross before culminating in a bloody and violent conclusion where any of them will be lucky to get out alive.

So yeah, I said it was ambitious. It is. Martin Stanley carefully and professionally constructs a superb piece of crime fiction filled to the brim with potty-mouthed scumbags, bone crunching violence, and filthy sex. he weaves the plot strands tighter than a Bristolian yardie's dreadlocks, and not one strand is left dangling.
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"The Gamblers" by Martin Stanley, was the first thriller I read by this great author and I am positively surprised with it. A book packed with pacey action all the way through. It may be a bit violent at times, but hey, that may be the way it is in drugs and money lending circles. I am now looking forward to read more from this author!
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Kandisky is a loser. A deadbeat student who is addicted to porn and gambling. He also owes Priest, a gangster, a wad of money and is given a few days to get it together - or else.

Liam is a drug dealer who finds out his long-time friend Omar has been ripping him off, not realising that Omar has been working on getting an even bigger piece of Liam's pie.

The Gamblers is a hard-core crime story, set in Bristol of all places, which captures the spirit of Ted Lewis and brings us BANG up to date with a cleverly woven, hard-hitting, multi - character story of betrayal.
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An exciting, gritty, crime drama set in Bristol filled with losers and loan sharks, junkies and dealers and the pay grades above pulling the strings. But the story is played out very much in the trenches, and feels all the more authentic for it. You feel every punch, every bone broken, every pool of blood spilled. Along the way you meet an array of generally unlikeable, irredeemable characters that would stab in the back literally as well as figuratively without thinking. There is no mythical honour amongst thieves here. There is however humour to be found among the spent bullets and teeth.
It's a fairly long book, but there's a lot of ground covered as deal turns to deal, turns to double cross and back again before it all ends with a firm handshake and a pat on the back…or maybe not!
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"What would you do for seven hundred and fifty grand?

Would you betray your friends? Would you gamble your future? Would you kill?

Four men with dirty pasts and uncertain futures discover just what they're capable of when they have the chance to get their hands on a fortune, in this action-packed noir from the author of The Hunters. They lie, they steal, they double-cross, they kill, and they gamble it all for the big score.”

Having read all of Martin Stanley’s previous novels and shorts, ‘The Gamblers’ was the last on my list. I vowed that I would pace myself with this rather large novel, but it should come as no surprise to anyone, least of all myself, that I failed miserably.

Martin Stanley has produced an exceptional work of crime fiction with ‘The Gamblers’, and it’s really quite astounding to believe that this was his debut novel. The multiple plot strands are woven together with perfection; this novel has clearly been written by someone who knows his craft well and is confident with it. The dialogue is sharp and witty and so very humorous at times. As with all of Martin Stanley’s work, there are some fantastic one liners and witty exchanges between the characters. As gritty and dark as the novel gets at times, there are many laugh out loud moments.

The characters in this particular novel were well developed and you get a very keen sense of familiarity with them. They are easy to relate to, not necessarily always likeable but they are real, they are believable and character development is clearly a strong point for Martin. All of his characters work together so well, truly bringing the story to life.

Let’s not beat about the bush here - there is bone crunching violence, and lots of it.
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