5.0 out of 5 stars I'M ALL IN !!, December 6, 2007
By Michael Keller
Funny, witty and exciting is the way I describe this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was hard for me to put it down. I hope this is the beginning of a series of novels involving Alec Timken.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Grisham!, November 19, 2007
By Bonnie Millender
I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent first novel by Gary Isaacson. He is a talented writer who has a great sense of timing and drama. The two main characters are likeable and believable; the plot takes off with enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages. The book also provided an interesting window into the craft of producing a TV news spot with just enough technical expertise to make it convincing. I think this novel had many of the characteristics of one of Grisham's novels, but the elements of humor and humanity made it even better! I highly recommend the novel and look forward to the sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackpot!, October 14, 2007
By M. Sarig
Game Over launches the murder-mystery genre into the 21st century. This thrilling story weaves through the confluence of the new Las Vegas, the shady gaming industry and the burgeoning world of digital television broadcasting. The writing is sharp and funny, and the plot unfolds with the perfect balance of suspense and pace.
What really makes Game Over a great read is its unwitting -- which is certainly not to say unwitty -- hero, Alec Timken. Hilarious, kind, wise and decidedly self-aware, Alec is a fascinating and endearing narrator. Hopefully the game has just begun for this author and this series!
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and insightful, October 10, 2007
By Shawn L. Fratis
A fun, lighthearted adventure with lots of twists and turns, Game Over tells the story of a middle-aged digital media expert who gets caught up in a scandal involving the gambling industry. Blending a well-told story with great commentary on both the business of gambling machines and the rapidly evolving world of digital broadcasting, Game Over moves at a pace that is neither too fast nor too slow. A great read for fans of both high technology and crime novels. I highly recommend it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Game Over" (or "My Game Will Probably Be Over After You Read This Review), September 6, 2007
By Vicki Bernie
Murder mysteries were never my favorite genre...except Nancy Drew books, of course, and I don't think anyone was ever actually murdered...just maybe bored to death...which should give you some idea of how qualified I am to review this book because I dearly loved that titan-haired sleuth, her chums and her blue convertible.
"Game Over" made a believer out of me. If I ever had to move into the casino gambling underworld to stage an investigation that was steeped in danger--Alec Timkin, the main character, a video system designer, is the person I would want to do it with. He is unbelievably bright, sexy--but in an understated, almost corny way--and real. The kind of guy who if he ever punched anyone, his fist would hurt--and bleed. He can be a little bit cocky, but is immediately forgiven when he turns around and makes fun of himself.
Then there's Ronnie--a news anchor--and perfect foil. That beautiful, perfectionist that would be easy to hate except that she has baggage and is just human enough that I liked her in spite of myself...at times I wanted to be her. The meshing of their careers to solve the mystery works well, and the author provides plenty of interesting technical information--perhaps too much for me in a different read--but I just cherished Alec's wit--even when he was trying to be serious.
So, yeah, the story was fun--exciting even, but even more entertaining was my own realization that the author, (a dear friend of mine) and Alec were (not so coincidentally) very much alike. I almost let myself fall in love with him--but I already did that...once upon a time.
Vicki Bernie, free-lance writer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Tom Clancy, March 4, 2008
By M. S. Millender
At Mom's suggestion, I gave this book a look. The combination of technical detail about 2 fascinating industries (casino gambling and TV production) with a fast paced murder/mystery plot reminded me of Tom Clancy's style. Also reminding me of a Tom Clancy book, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I was finished (to my wife's mild annoyance). I bought into the characters and was desperate to know how all turned out. I eagerly await the sequel promised in the "About the Author" section.