Whoever says crime doesn't pay isn't doing it right.
There are hundreds of casinos in Las Vegas, and Billy Cunningham knows how to rip off every one. His scams are a thing of beauty - so perfectly orchestrated that onlookers believe he and his crew are winning fair and square. In a town where bosses will kill to protect their profits, Billy can't afford to make mistakes, but even the best-laid plans can go wrong...
Desperate to keep his team out of jail, Billy agrees to help stop a legendary family of thieves from taking down a casino. But he has no intention of breaking the cheater's code: never rat out your own kind. He's running his own con on the casino's psycho owner and his vicious, violent wife. Throw in a murderous drug dealer, a vengeful gaming agent, and the girl Billy's never forgotten, and this scam artist is playing for sky-high stakes: a cool eight million, and the chance to live long enough to spend it.
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"Barely worth finishing"
A mediocre heist story. The basic outline is interesting enough. But the characters vary between wit and observational skills that require psychic powers on the one hand and near idiocy on the other. The explanations of criminal law and procedure are absurd. The explanations about casino security are not believable or engaging. The characters are shallow. I won't look for anything more from this author.
"Light, fun, silly"
Take Down reminds me of the Evanovich - Goldberg Fox and O'Hare series. It's not great literature, but a really fun mystery/thriller like Take down is like the perfect dessert after a wonderful meal. I enjoyed the book!
"A playable hand"
Interesting storyline...something a little different. Good array of characters, from villains to main character. Interesting twist at the conclusion... Worth the few dollars on the special of the day but I would not use a credit.
I could not stop listening to this book. The narrator was excellent and the story was quite exciting for me.
"A Home Run1"
The most enjoyable aspect of this book was my surprise at its quality. I don't have a very good "batting average" when it comes to the "Daily Specials," but this was the best yet. I was not familiar with the author nor the reader---both were superb. I'm quite certain I never would have sampled this book (or author) had it not been for the Daily Special, so many thanks to Audible for this offering. Before I was even half way through, I knew it was a winner and checked to see if he had written any other books. Thankfully, he has and I will certainly be checking out more of his material. Like many of the other reviewers, I could not stop listening.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found all of the characters to be well developed and engaging, but I suppose my favorite character had to the lead character.
Not sure, but he did an excellent job.
Without a doubt.
The narration of the book is flawless - no doubt about it. However, there's not much to the book itself. The story could have been told in 50 pages with room to recapitulate WW2.
If daily TV soap operas are your thing this book might suite. Otherwise: these are not the droids you're looking for.
"If the story starts to flop, describe a hot chick."
I think the story had a good premise (although already done by other books) but it falls short. It seemed like when the story was wearing thin, a description of some porn star or account of a sexual encounter would be added in to attempt to regain interest. It was ok as a bargain buy. I would have been annoyed if I had wasted a credit on it or paid more than a few dollars for it.
"best book ever"
Great book. The author's immense knowledge about the casino scams is beautifully narrated.
Nick Poehler narration is brilliant and engaging. This is my first book of James Swain. All I can say is I am already a fan and can't wait to read more of the books.
I heard the audio book non stop. So much interesting and engaging.
"What a change in genres for me"
My first trip into this type of novel but I REALLT loved it. I would recommend it to anyone.
Great voices!!! Best narration I have ever heard.
Very few books keep my attention like this one did!!
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