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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.