Predestination (and Other Games of Chance)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
When leaving Earth to escape a contract on his life, Joss Kyle finds his poker habit gets him caught up in a struggle for control of the entire solar system. He just wants to build a new life, but in the looking-glass world above the gravity well, survival, like poker, is just another sport. And in this contest, it isn’t whether you win or lose, it's how you rig the game. More

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About J. Daniel Sawyer

J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive autodidact attempting to write his way out of the loony bin.
A self-aggrandizing science fiction and fantasy author who publishes lurid stories and, worse, the occasional popular philosophy article, he is also a very minor authority on Open Source media production (a topic on which he is, unfortunately, published regularly in LinuxJournal).
In addition to his wanton abuse of the printed word, he unscrupulously uses his decade-long experience as an audio and video producer with his painfully florid and gritty writing style to create deeply immersive audio universes. This habit, which he indulges in public, has garnered him seven Parsec nominations and helped him make his first professional fiction and philosophy sales (a trend which, for the good of the world at large, we can only hope abates soon). Meanwhile, his growing, rabid fan-base is currently plotting to imprison him and force him to produce endless new literary abominations for their amusement. We can only hope they succeed.
Should you be so inclined, you can communicate with this shady character, as well as find podcasts, articles, and other literary abominations at

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Review by: in potentia press on Dec. 14, 2011 :
This is a complex story about political intrigue, personal survival and poker. The poker is actually kind of minor, but it makes for a sort of bookended symbol for the story.

Recommended for fans of political thrillers, space opera and erotica. If you don't at least tolerate all of these genres, this probably won't be for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dan Shaurette on May 28, 2011 :
"Like" is such a strong word, but in this case, it is terribly insufficient. I truly "love" this book! This is a future-set, hard sci-fi political espionage thriller that I freely admit I didn't dive into at first because it wasn't what I expected. I'm glad I went back and gave it a second chance because Dan showed me with this book and others of his that I have enjoyed, that nothing is what it seems and that expectations are meant to be shattered.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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