Author: Allen Wyler
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 326
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
A thrilling and sexy story about a hacker who gets caught up in a dangerous terrorist organization against his will.
*Interesting main character *Sexy, thrilling introduction
“‘Just wanted to get laid, was all…’” Arnold Gold is a geeky virgin who can’t seem to figure out women but he does have a knack for computers. Satisfied with the steady flow of under the table money he makes gambling, Gold heads to Vegas to satisfy his desire for companionship. However, when he meets up with Breeze, a sexy Vegas escort, he finds himself in hot water with the FBI and a group of radical terrorists. Will Gold be able to give the FBI the information they need without sacrificing his life in the process?
Deadly Odds is a very different story then what I’m used to from Wyler. There’s no medical element to it, but it still falls within his favored genre, the thriller. Lately, his stories have felt very similar in their plot layout, but this one was refreshingly different. I loved the sexy introduction to the main character’s exploits in Vegas and how that gets him caught in his predicament. I didn’t find the main character very likable, but that didn’t ruin the story for me; it made it more interesting. He’s socially awkward and has a bit of an attitude, which made it hard for me to root for him. However, he’s so interested in the opinion of others, especially women, that it seems believable that he should find himself blackmailed into helping terrorists.
While I loved the introduction and was pretty into the middle of the story, the conclusion was far too rushed. After the climax and action come to an end there is one chapter of a couple of pages that wraps the whole story up very neatly and quickly. I would’ve liked to ease into the ending of the book. Instead it felt like the author had run out of story and just wanted it over and done with.
If you’re going to read any of Wyler’s books, this is one of the books I’d say you should check out first. While Wyler’s medical thrillers are interesting, I think he should definitely keep branching out into other sub-genres of the thriller section. This book proves he’s got the talent to do so.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review.