Predestination (and Other Games of Chance)

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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

WHILE STAR WARS and STAR TREK seeded J. Daniel Sawyer's passion for the unknown, his childhood in academia gave him a deep love of history and an obsession with how the future emerges from the past. This obsession led him through adventures in the film industry, the music industry, venture capital firms in the startup culture of Silicon Valley, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the worlds that assemble themselves in his head. His travels with bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, and inventors led him eventually to a rural exile where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a pair of production companies that bring innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
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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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