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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Game of Life by Chad Vegas is an exhilarating ride that follows the adventures of Chad in the Amazon jungle. When Chad lands in Lima, Peru, with Max, they are ready to make it happen. He is far from rich, but he has enough for a wild adventure. This time, he wants to leave behind the corruption that has financially crippled him. Having lost his marijuana business and the proposed lodge, Chad finds himself starting at zero, and at the mercy of someone else’s wife. Coming back to the Amazon is an adventure that opens new doors to places filled with pleasure: sex, women, and drugs. Chad is a man who lives dangerously and from page to page, the action only gets stronger. But can he pull himself up from the depths of destitution?
Chad Vegas has always seduced me with his writing, and the characters are gorgeously written. The reader is plunged into a world where danger lurks on every corner as they follow a protagonist who is caught between outright ruin and the last struggle for redemption. The descriptions are terrific and the writing sprinkled with beautiful dialogues, some of which capture cultural and linguistic elements of the setting. I enjoyed the use of local expressions in the writing, which add authenticity to characters and a good flair to the setting. The Game of Life explores themes of love, the struggle for survival and redemption, friendship, and family. The setting feels like a character on its own right and the story left me wanting to visit Peru. Told in an engrossing first-person narrative, this novel plunges the reader into a world where debauchery and drugs coexist and where one has to be smart to survive. It is a page-turner I completed in a few hours.