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In this chapter, Ben is interviewing Jill Taylor. In Bring Down the House, it was easy to get attached, if you will, to the characters. I saw the movie in a cheap DVD copy from St. Nonfiction can be mmezrich more skillfully done than this.

Retrieved March 6, Though the book is classified as non-fiction, the Boston Globe alleges that the book contains significant be elements, that many of the key events propelling the drama did not occur in real life, and that others were exaggerated greatly.

It almost felt as if you were observing them on a mini television in your brain. Gambling in general and casinos in particular were very much in the grip of hhouse Mafia until times not so long gone by. The characters and well described places really brought me into the book, and into brimging world of Kevin Lewis.

This is not the Mafia, this is not organised crime, it’s organised gambling defending its right to make sure that only people who lose or at least don’t win big bucks too often are allowed to play. He’s got the principal character taking his final blackjack exam in an underground casino in Chinatown.

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Hardcoverpages. Atria Books September Length: I love books about casinos! Thanks for telling us about the problem. I disagree with the statement that the book is boring In my opinion Bringing down the house was an amazing action-packed book with very few dull moments. All they did was count the cards that had been dealt in Blackjack and then when it seemed the sequences were on their side, place a big bet. It was a distracting and entertaining read and much much better than the pretty unremarkable movie the book inspired.


The book has many strengths as well as a few weaknesses. I think that the constant repetition, that I stated before, maybe could be turned down a little in the sense of spacing it out. Casinos have their own set of rules for handling card-counters.

Bringing Down the House is an action packed book with many scenes that keep the reader wanting more. Kevin decides to quit his banking job, but is still looking for a job to replace it.

The lights, the danger, the money and the thrill induce a drug-like high into these young students and becomes an itch needing continual scratching. Aug 30, John Jones rated it it was amazing. Though published ghe a factual account and originally categorized under “Current Events” in the ohuse Free Press edition, Bringing Down the House “is not mezricu work of ‘nonfiction’ in any meaningful sense of the word,” according to Globe reporter Drake Bennett.

Apparently this book is bullshit. However, along the way, there are many things that Kevin and his team were not aware of. I guess that was there too, but honestly it gave the whole thing a very Vegas feel to me, there is something tin-eared, gaudy, and unreal hringing all of Vegas and I just kind of fit in the bad chatter to being expected from a story that mainly takes place where LA douche-bags mingle around with Cowboys and men wearing very unacceptable amounts of jewelry.

The character development in this book is exceptional, especially when it comes to the main character.

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The only problem is that his embellishments are usually the exciting and more dramatic moments in the book. He gets right to it in Rigged, explaining in the first few pages the main character’s involvement with the shady world of the New York Mercantile Exchange: Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Yes, it expressed detail about what a casino looked like, how a character felt, or even how Kevin swims, but it was not enough. Gambling in general and casinos in particular were very much in the grip of the Mafia until times not so Casinos deserve whatever anyone can get from them.


He knew he looked like the most arrogant prick in the world, but he didn’t care.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you don’t alter the outcome of the game in anyway, which you don’t when counting cards, then you are not cheating. They would overcome being recognized by the casinos by using unique disguises. Done improperly, it’s annoying as fuck; the worst parts of Diwn Royale were the bits with the twit in the casino explaining how poker works to the presumably incredibly competent agent sent by the British government to keep an eye on the money.

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Done properly, this is okay; you don’t notice it, it flows, and it tells the audience what’s going on without condescending to them. We flash forward to next weekend where Kevin and Martinez are being picked up from the airport in a Mercedes Limousine. By this time, Kevin is practically a natural when it comes to card counting.

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Another scene involves Kevin having a bag put over his head and being thrown in a closet in a chinatown casino. I would not say there was a poetic was of this writing, so it was a weakness in my opinion. Feb 21, Austin Ledger rated it it was amazing Shelves: I disliked Bringing Down the House, and can’t understand why everyone I know who’s read it has raved about it.

Some goodreaders pointed out the awful dialogue. As a fictional work it is a fast read and does hold one’s interest.

He has written several other pieces of non-fiction, including Ugly Americans: Despite again being listed as non-fiction Busting Vegas showed similar inaccuracies in recounting the facts with the main character Semyon Dukach contesting several of the events depicted in the book. Based on a True Story”. Jan 12, Bev Hudson rated it it was ok.