Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Paranormal, Poker
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.
Pokergeist won the Grand Jury Prize in Comedy in the 2015 New York Screenwriting Contest!
I was so excited to read Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash (one of my favorite authors) and my expectations were sky-high. I mean, what could be better than to have poker and the paranormal all in one story? I must admit, I had a hard time getting into the head of Telly and it affected my enjoyment of the story. Honestly, I thought he was a clueless dud and his interactions with Clutch were bordering on the unbelievable halfway through the book.
Clutch, on the other hand, was amusing and I could relate to him. I felt his remorse and his wanting to help Telly was admirable. Boy, does he have patience.
I did enjoy the emotional tension in the story and the author does a brilliant job of portraying the seedier side of both poker and Vegas. The ending, while predictable, had a surprise that I wasn’t expecting.
If you are a fan of poker and are looking for a good ghost story, pick up this book!
“Everybody should get a chance to live his dream, at least once.”
My Rating: 4 stars