I signed up for a newsletter, Reedsy Discovery, which shares blogposts, books, reviews, and other interesting content, and a few weeks ago I was contacted about joining their team or reviewers. Not that I don’t have enough books to review (I know all of us who regularly review books are in the same boat), but I decided to give it a try, and here is my first review there. And I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I hope you do as well.
Fool Me Twice by Spencer Lane Adams. Best-laid plans and larger-than-life character that will make you smile.
Today was Paddy Evers big day. After fifteen years in prison, and meticulous planning, Paddy is gambling his entire future on the perfect heist.
Just one final score.
Thirty minutes from now, Paddy is either going to be a millionaire, or he’s going to be dead. But the one place he’s not going is back to prison.
He’s planned for anything and everything that can go wrong.
But the one thing he hasn’t planned for is Mac.
About the author:
Novels ~ Works ~ Fiction
Spencer Adams writes thrillers with genuine characters that you can’t help connect with through hard truths that bring readers along the adventure with large doses of humor and emotion. There is never a dull moment with page-turning suspense, plot twits and turns, that’ll often leave you laughing or crying.
His work is featured in issue #10 of The Savage Kick Magazine with the short story, The Word of a Woman, and his current novel is a humorous crime thriller titled Fool Me Twice
Teaching ~ Music ~ Guitar
As a life-long musician, fitness trainer and certified instructor, Spencer teaches music theory and guitar, as well as health and wellness.
Blogging ~ Writing ~ Craft
Spencer Adams helps other writers to improve their craft through blogs about developmental writing, character development, revising – rewriting – editing, and how to make your stories and your manuscript ready for publishing.
His posts can be found at GaladrielGrace.com
Sobriety ~ Experience ~ Success
After his arrest and conviction of bank robbery spurred by drug addiction, and then prevailing in his own life, Spencer shares his experience in order to help others learn from his mistakes and live a life of success through sobriety.
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Paddy Evers is an ex-convict bank robber who has learned from his mistakes. He thinks this time he has the perfect plan, and he won’t be let down, because he’s going solo. Well, “almost” solo. The plan sounds rather good and simple, but he didn’t count on Mac, who is everything and anything you might need. The expression “bigger than life” seems made for him. We all know about best-laid plans, and Paddy will discover he has a few lessons left to learn.
This novel, narrated in the first-person by Paddy, offers a good balance between plot and characters, although when Mac is on the page, it is difficult to pay attention to anything or anybody else. Paddy is a likeable character, despite (and because of) his circumstances, and Spunky, a young boy they meet during the action, also endears himself to readers, as does his grandmother, and Lisa, Paddy’s long-suffering girlfriend, but nothing can compare to Mac, who tells tall tales, takes enormous risks, gets himself into trouble and out of it with ease, drags others into impossible situations, and nobody can stay mad at him for long.
The characters live many adventures, trying to get back the money robbed, enticingly near and slippery far, and the writing style is conversational, full of humour, with a good dose of foreshadowing, and fairly dynamic. Paddy sometimes shares his views on life and politics —his time in prison gave him plenty of time to reflect upon life and its ills— and some readers might feel those asides slow down the action somewhat. A tighter editing of the book could make it faster and shorter, increasing the importance of the action scenes, but it would rob it of some of its psychological complexity, its humour, and its charm. Because this is a novel of good but flawed people, who don’t always do the right thing, but their hearts are in the right place. There are plenty of twists, turns, and false endings to satisfy genre lovers, many of whom are likely to guess how the story will end, but will enjoy it nonetheless.
As it pertains to the genre and the situation, there is some use of bad language and some prejudicial attitudes expressed by some of the characters, unlikely to offend most readers.
A fun read, recommended to fans of Welcome to Collingwood, Rufufu, those who enjoy comedies about criminals with a heart of gold, con men, and stories of camaraderie and friendship between men, especially those with a grain of truth. Just check the author’s biography. A feel-good novel, which will make readers think, laugh, and leave them with a smile.
Thanks to Reedsy Discovery and to the author, for this opportunity, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, visit the site, and keep smiling!