Bangkok Gamble

A Matt Chance Thriller

Fiction - Thriller - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 07/19/2022
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Author Biography

Tom Crowley was raised in the midwest and educated at Marquette University and Johns Hopkins University for graduate studies in international affairs. He served with the 25th Inf. Division in Vietnam, where he was wounded, and decorated for his combat service. His career in Asia included foreign service postings and then corporate work. Eventually, he decided to change directions in life and volunteered to work for the Mercy Centre, a world renowned street kids charity based in the Klong Toey slum area of Bangkok.  
He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers and the Military Writers Society of America.

His most recent book is Mercy’s Heroes which recounts his fourteen years as a volunteer working at the Mercy Centre, a street kid’s charity in the Bangkok slums. Kirkus Reviews termed Mercy’s Heroes “A … beautiful memoir of service in the slums of Bangkok.”

Tom’s Matt Chance action/adventure series includes Viper’s Tail, Murder  in the Slaughterhouse and Bangkok Gamble. All the novels are based in Thailand with a former U.S. Army Ranger as the hero. Murder in the Slaughterhouse received a bronze medal award from the Military Writers Society of America.  
His non-fiction work included his Vietnam memoir Shrapnel Wounds and Bangkok Pool Blues. His military history article on "Merrill's Marauders" was published in WW II Quarterly in Oct. 2017. “Riding Home with the Guys” was included in the Military Writers Society of America,  2014 Anthology, All Gave Some.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

If you're a fan of action-packed thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seats, grab a copy of Tom Crowley's Bangkok Gamble. Ex-military Matt Chance finds himself embroiled in a deep conspiracy when he agrees to help a gambling house owner in Bangkok find his kidnapped daughter. Joining Matt in the search for the young girl are former Special Forces vet John Scales and his friend, Jade Lee. But things don't go according to plan as an assassination attempt on John raises the stakes. Matt and Jade discover the organization involved in the trafficking of young girls belongs to a secret monk cult in southern Thailand. After a daring raid at a temple to rescue the girls, Matt and Jade must now go undercover to Macau as they realize an international syndicate is running the operations.

Author Tom Crowley wastes little time in getting the reader into the midst of the action as the plot moves at a breakneck speed almost from the get-go. What makes the story so engaging to read is that you're never quite sure what's going to happen next. The way the trio of Matt, John, and Jade use their contacts and friends to retrieve information and work on the clues feels grounded and adds a sense of realism to the narrative. Even the action sequences happen in quick bursts, much like you would assume real-life rescue operations to take place. Overall, I found Bangkok Gamble to be a high-octane thriller that I very much enjoyed. Highly recommended.