Ante up for the game of a lifetime Billy Fox, a small time gambler on a losing streak, has than enough problems on his hands, owing too much money to some very impatient people But when he rescues a blinded stranger from a swarm of bloodthirsty fairies, Billy s life gets a lot complicated Seems the stranger is actually a powerful local god who is involvedAnte up for the game of a lifetime Billy Fox, a small time gambler on a losing streak, has than enough problems on his hands, owing too much money to some very impatient people But when he rescues a blinded stranger from a swarm of bloodthirsty fairies, Billy s life gets a lot complicated Seems the stranger is actually a powerful local god who is involved in a high stakes Florida poker tournament against various supernatural challengers And with his eyes currently missing, he needs somebody to take his place at the gaming table Before Billy knows it, he finds himself playing against the likes of an ancient Egyptian mummy, an unbearably seductive succubus, a mechanical man, an insect queen, and a cannibalistic beast man And not just cards are in play magic, bloodshed, and cheating are not only expected, they re encouraged.Everybody, including a sexy satyr girl with her own cards up her sleeve, thinks that Billy is in way over his head But Billy is a born gambler and, when the chips are down, he might just change his luck for good Blind God s Bluff is an outrageously addictive urban fantasy that will keep you flipping pages until the very last hand.
Blind God s Bluff Ante up for the game of a lifetime Billy Fox a small time gambler on a losing streak has than enough problems on his hands owing too much money to some very impatient people But when he rescues a b
Book Info Genre Urban FantasyReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of urban fantasy, especially fans of male oriented action type storiesTrigger Warnings general violence, cannibalismAnimal like creatures Abuse A lot of the minions and thralls are creatures of various types and are beaten or otherwise mistreated My Thoughts Several sections of this book are, basically, playing poker Specifically Hold em poker, about which I know next to nothing I think if a person understands the game, there w [...]
Years and years ago, back when I was just thinking I d like to write, Richard Byers spent some time with me talking about what it was like to be a writer I bet he doesn t even remember, but because of his patience and willingness to share his time with me, I felt delighted when I recently saw he d written an urban fantasy.And wow, what an urban fantasy It takes place mainly around a poker table except not Our hero is transported hither and yon, everyone s trying to kill him and you re rooting fo [...]
Great modern day fantasy book where Tampa is almost a major character January 7, 2013By Perry F BrunsFormat PaperbackThis is an outstanding introduction to Richard Lee Byers, to the city of Tampa, to urban modern fantasy, to poker, and to Billy Fox and the weird world in which he finds himself.Billy Fox is not your standard issue flawed hero, in that he doesn t just have the usual failure to launch syndrome so many have had, and his past wasn t one most people would ever have envied But he s not [...]
Billy Fox bums around Tampa in his 57 Thunderbird, looking for poker games His luck has also been bumming around, and blowing on some other guy s dice, so Billy owes a pile of money to the usual sort of unsavory folk He is running from them when he runs into yet another bum, who is blind, because he is running from malevolent fairies who like to tear out eyeballs Now everybody gets to run together The bum turns out to be an arrogant bastard even when he s blind He claims to be in the middle of a [...]
On the positive side, the characters are interesting, especially the supernatural ones clearly a lot of creativity went into their natures and actions The story is likewise a good one, well plotted and intriguing.The atmosphere, however, I found a bit cartoonish the dialogue is too glib, with even the supernatural creatures talking in modern casual slang Maybe this is the norm for the urban fantasy being prolifically written these days haven t read a lot of it but clearly there s an audience for [...]
4.0 starsI want to start by saying that I m glad nightshade books has joined with Baen to release digital copies of their titles I did pick this up and read the digital copy.The new work by Richard Lee Byers was interesting I liked the characters and the premise brings certain tales about ancient gods into a modern setting quite well The story line was well planed and while the main character triumphing in his own way is predictable his interactions with all the characters is what made the story [...]
Sadly, this loses out on all my criteria of acceptability for urban fantasy Shame really because he can write well but the ideas fail to take off.opionator.wordpress 2013 0
This is a particularly deep novel, but there is nonstop action, and it s a lot of fun Knowing how to play Texas Hold em will help the reader s understanding.
Really fun urban fantasy book, non stop thrills Would recommend to urban fantasy fans and readers of the Cal Leandros, Harry Dresden, etc series.
Very different Loved it