A timely thriller, December 4, 2010
An action-packed little mystery with a timely plot involving internet gambling. I hope to get to know "freelance sleuth", Oliver Steele more intimately in the next book. I look forward to seeing this new mystery writer develop his own personal style. I wanted more descriptive narrative than Mr. Tempest gave me in his debut novel, but despite the book's minimalist verbage, I was caught up in the adventure and read on to find out what was going to happen in the end. Where will Oliver take us on his next journey into the underworld of intrigue? I'll be looking for the next episode.:)
Quick read, virtual vacation!, November 26, 2010
By Kirsten Gilbert Krenicky
I really enjoyed reading the mystery/thriller Casino Caribbean. Episodic chapters with frequent plot surprises kept my attention so much that I finished it in a day. The main character Oliver Steele was an appealing detective-type: a reluctant fact-finder, a "forensic accountant," which was a new term for me. The bio says the author trained in the world of finance, and that shows in the plot twists and the technical information about the casino in question and international law concerning casinos in general. Some of the best parts of this book are the details of the many locations. I really got the feel that the author had actually been to all the different places in the story - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, London, Ascot, Antigua, Belize... The details of the restaurants and residents and local customs made it seem real. It was a virtual vacation. I did occasionally find it hard to keep up with the character names, especially since sometimes their first names are used and sometimes their last names are used. But maybe if I hadn't been in such a hurry to get to the next plot revelation or the next bit of treachery I would have had more of a connection to the minor characters. This is a great debut novel - can't wait to see the next one!