Apologies for the late one this evening, but I am delighted to have Dave Stanton back on TWG as I review his new novel, ‘Blind Luck’. Big thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the copy of the book. Here is my review:
Jimmy Homestead’s glory days as a high school stud are a distant memory. His adulthood hads amounted to temporary jobs, petty crime and discount whiskey. But when he wins $43 million on the lottery all that changes.
With money, everything is great for Jimmy, until people from his past start coming out of the woodwork seeking payback over transgressions Jimmy thought were long forgotten.
Caught in the middle are private detective Dan Reno and his friend Cody Gibbons – two men just trying to make a living.
Reno, fighting to save his home from foreclosure, thinks that’s his biggest problem. But his priorities change when Gibbons and Jimmy are kidnapped by a gang of cartel thugs. In a fight to save his friend’s life, Reno is drawn into a case that will result bodies scattered all over northern Nevada.
But Can Reno save his friend?
What does TWG think?
Guess who’s back, back again…..
‘Blind Luck’ is book two in the ‘Dan Reno’ series and I think you would be perfectly okay reading the books out of order. Of course I would always suggest reading the books in order so that you can follow the storyline and get to know the characters a bit better, but it isn’t a requirement where these books are concerned, in my opinion.
Ahhhh, don’t you just love it when you get people talking to you after they realise you now have something they’re after? Nothing like one-sided friendships….if you can even call them ‘friendships’, but you know what I mean. Jimmy has come into a win. A bit of pocket money if you will. Well, if your pockets were of the large variety that is! Jimmy sees dollar signs big time when he finds out that he has won a stinking $43 million on the lottery but, given the nature of Jimmy’s personality, I had a feeling that he wasn’t going to be heading to the bank to start saving his money for a rainy day…
I couldn’t help but liken Jimmy’s win to ‘fools gold’, especially as he couldn’t seem to keep the lid on his win and then wondered why people were becoming awfully friendly. Some people eh!
I thought that ‘Blind Luck’ was an action packed, fire cracker of a read which left me feeling as though I had just ran a marathon! I have to say that, whilst I didn’t feel that ‘Blind Luck’ lived up to the first book in the series, it still ended up being an enjoyable read. There were a few points in the novel where I felt like I was being left hanging, waiting for the big ‘DUN DUN DUN’, but it was enlightening to see that Dan Reno is still incredibly well travelled!
I honestly thought action books weren’t for me, but after reading about Dan Reno, I may be starting to change my opinion..
About the author.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.