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Excellent fast paced exciting read. The story played out like a Quentin Tarantino movie. In my head it did anyways. Why the 3.34 rating? A very enjoyable Goodread.
One word. WEIRD
The greatest killer in the world at under 20 feet tries to survive his 5000th day in the hellish wasteland that is Las Vegas. One of Goldman’s less remembered novels, although a personal favorite of mine. There’s a shit-ton wrong with this book; the plot is a pointless mish mash, characters are introduced and disappear without rhyme or reason. But it’s just so much goddamned fun. An epic action scene midway through the book, the nested revelation of the hero’s madness, the sheer brio and verve G...
Read in 1985. Nick Escalante, an ex Marine, chances on a bizarre kidnapping threat and so begins this excellent suspense thriller. One of my favorites that year.
Enjoyed this rather dark book and loved the ending. So fitting...
I received this book as a Christmas gift having never read a William Goldman novel. Let's just say that I'm not too keen on reading another.I would give a quick plot synopsis of this book, but that is one of the main problems...it just seems to wander from plot point to plot point with little coherence. Each "chapter" seems like its own contained little story with much too little overall context.Also, the main character--Nick Escalante--is supposed to be an interesting character portrait of a La...
The writing was beautiful, the story was meh.
14+:AGES 14+:Violence could be a dominant element of the storyline. Could contain strong or frequent use of profanity and nudity or sexual activity.E:Easy: 3rd grade Vocabulary
Another Goldman classic!!!
Thought the movie with Burt Reynolds was better then the book!
Not as good as William Goldman's other thrillers, and I'll tell you why. The book is built around a character who is stuck in Vegas and feels the weight of his captivity on his shoulders. It's all he talks about - making enough money to get out, to go on a permanent vacation. He sweats over it, he drinks over it, he can't stand the place anymore. In the novel's strongest section, he feels luck on his shoulders and he starts to gamble with the intent of making a certain amount of money so that he...
Nobody has pointed it out here, and I wouldn't have known it either if I hadn't caught the movie 'wild card' on HBO... It is the same book that was published under the title: "Edged Weapons". As for my opinion, I think it is an excellent novel... those complaining about the 'loose' structure of the novel should remember that a skillfully built 'loose-structured' novel is much more entertaining because it has the potential to tickle your imagination endlessly... Perhaps I think like this because
Very entertaining. The main character drew me in and kept me wanting to read more. The plot was weak as far as thrillers go but the character was interesting enough that I'd have read about just an ordinary day in his life. Goldman writes action sequences well and I wish there had been more of them. The book spends way more time telling us how lethal "The Mex" is then showing us but the telling was quite enjoyable in its own right. I read this book during the down times at work but I kept wantin...
Not at all my genre, and the characters made me a bit more sad for humanity than I already was. I think if I'd read this book without the genre being so veryvery exhausted I would have appreciated it more.The writing wasn't bad, but it wasn't nearly up to the standard of the only other Goldman I've read, which was The Princess Bride and probably a really unfair comparison.
Clever and the characters are complex, but I felt sometimes there were a few too many twists for their own sake. But good to read if you want to be reminded to keep a reader on their toes. And some very slick writing - Goldman is admirably in charge of his text.
A fabulous novel by one of my absolute favorite authors.
Chaotic plot, unbelievable characters, and a crap location.
Vastly entertaining - that's the thing w/ William Goldman - he knows how to keep you entertained.
This was a good, fast-paced read. The action was quick and in-your-face. A little sketchy on details, but it sure kept my attention.
Basis for the basically straight to video flick "Wild Card." Nothing to get excited about.
Old Fashioned thriller set in Las Vegas. See movie starring Burt Reynolds
Terrible, terrible ending. Terrible idea for a book.