Originally published 2015-11-18: Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash | Book Review Wednesday
A little known fact about me is that I’ve always been fascinated by the game of poker. I love to play (even though I’m terrible — I have more tells than anyone I’ve ever met), and I’ll even stop to watch if a tournament is on TV just to see the kind of crazy plays people make. It’s intense, psychological warfare.
And, of course, everyone knows I love spooky. Halloween is my favorite holiday, I write speculative fiction in the horror vein, and I live for true crime, the kind that leaves you with your mouth drooping open in something between disgust and disbelief.
So when I got the chance to read Michael Phillip Cash’s new novel, Pokergeist, I jumped at the chance. I mean, come on — poker AND ghosts? I’m all in.
The story centers on two characters — Telly Martin and Clutch Henderson.
Telly is a real good guy, the kind of man who never lies, cheats, or steals. He’s spent his entire life being decent, but life hasn’t exactly dealt him the best hand. So, when he finds himself without a job and depressed, his better half tells him to sow his wild oats — on a poker table. She agrees to let him play out his fantasy of competing to get into the International Series of Poker to cheer him up.
Clutch, on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed “no-good, cheatin’, lyin’ sunuvabitch” who spent his entire life working to get the ISoP signature gold bracelet at the cost of his health and family. He’s also a dead guy who’s haunting Telly based on a simultaneous wish that Telly immediately regrets.
Pokergeist is as much campy fun as it sounds, and the intensity of the poker playing is nothing to sneeze at. Improbable as it all sounds, Cash manages to weave a believable tale if you’re the type that always wondered if ghosts really do walk among us.
I give this book a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to fans of the supernatural, poker, and dark comedies.
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About the Author
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.
Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.
About the Book
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.
- Paperback:266 pages
- Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7/15/2015)