Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: Roll of the Die by Sean P. Bridges

File Size: 292 KB
Copyright: 2011

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

An Ex-Con on the straight and narrow is pulled into a twisted game of Russian Roulette in Las Vegas to save his wife. 666. Six Contestants, six chambers in a revolver and six sides of a die.

Riley Toback is at a crossroads. After serving a four year prison sentence for Armed Robbery, he’s determined to make a fresh start in Atlantic City.

Until his brother-in-law, drowning in gambling debt, convinces him to pull a heist at a Jersey Shore nightclub.

In the aftermath of the botched robbery, Karim Rashid, a vicious Indian gangster, tracks them down. And he makes Riley an offer.

Triple Six. One round is loaded into a revolver and the chamber is spun. The Contestant rolls a die, with the face value dictating how many times the weapon is fired.

If you can survive three rounds, you win.

With his wife and life on the line, Riley takes the deal.

Mandy's Review:


I like the simplicity of the cover.  Not too many graphics to take away from the title.  I'm digging the skull.  Between that and the dark, rock-n-rollish vibe of the lettering, the cover gives you a sense that the story is going to be edgier than most.

Plot/Main Characters

Poor Riley ... He grew up as a screw up.  Just as he is finally getting into some semblence of normalcy, along comes his brother-in-law.

Joey has never grown up.  He's the type that thinks his next big break is right around the corner... as he gets deeper and deeper into trouble.  It's one of these "big breaks" in which he convinces Riley to help him by telling him Carol will be in trouble if they don't pull off this job.

Riley is hesitant, but decides to help Joey so Carol, Riley's wife and Joey's sister, is protected.

Thanks to Joey's hare-brained scheme, Riley gets roped into becoming a contestant in a competition called Triple Six.

Triple Six is a deadly game that requires no strength, speed or stamina.  The winner is chosen by pure luck, or fate.

Will fate shine upon Riley and allow him to win?  It can only be revealed by the Roll of the Die.


To be honest, I didn't expect to like this book.  I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I quickly became immersed in this story.

There were a few grammatical isues, but overall, this is a story worth reading.  It has a unique plot that I could easily see on a movie screen... maybe with Jason Statham playing Riley (nom!).  =)

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