Reviewed by David Savage
Pokergeist is a ghost story about life and death, second chances, an arrogant ghost and poker.
Clutch Henderson was considered to be one of the world’s best poker’s players and has a lifetime winnings of over $50 million but has never won the one prize he desires, the gold bracelet from the International Series of Poker Tournament. And he dies in the final game of the tournament!
Telly Martin is unemployed and decides to live a dream by playing poker for a living, the only problem being he loses more than he wins.
When Telly and the ghostly Clutch come together their mission is to win the tournament, Clutch getting his bracelet and Telly millions in cash. To do this they must learn trust in each other, overcome personal problems and ultimately both find redemption to continue with their life and death!
Overall this is another fantastic story by Michael Phillip Cash, the more I read by him the better the stories get and the quality of writing is improving all the time. Cash clearly has a passion for writing and it comes through in his novels.
While this is a ghost story involving the world of professional gambling you do not need to know anything of poker to enjoy the story.
The story flows extremely well, has loveable characters as well as the unlikeable and all have their own little quirks that add interest to the story. It has humour, despair, gambling, ghosts and a surprise twist in a predictable ending.
While a ghost story it also focuses on the human aspects of gambling and its effects on others. While effectively a tale about a poker tournament don’t let this put you off, this is a small part of the story. The story is fast moving and a bit edgier than Michael’s other novels with the use of language and looking into the seedier side of Vegas and gambling and is extremely enjoyable.
Whether you have or have not read any of Michael’s books before you will not be disappointed with Pokergeist. Michael Phillip Cash, I believe, is an author that has a lot more to come and will be very successful.
RRP: £8.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.