Saturday, February 2, 2019

Book Review: 'Gambit: An Irish Tale: Episode I' by Timothy R. Lyon, Jr.

Pennsylvania author Timothy Ray Lyon Jr. earned a degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and studied film, photography, motion graphics and visual effects. Soon the writing bug hit and he decided to step away from the VFX industry and turn his undivided attention to writing. Realizing the potential and low-cost of self-publishing a novel, he began what he believes will be his grand epic. The Contrivance series. Working on the first book of the series, Ashes, he continued writing over the course of the next year. He lives in Pittsburgh.

GAMBIT: AN IRISH TALE EPISODE 1 CASHMERE leads us into another branch of fiction Timothy writes so well. First, his titles always are pregnant with meaning (A ‘gambit’ is a strategic move, often in chess but also in politics or business, where a player sacrifices something up front for future gain). He is fleet of words, at times spending a bit too long on setting atmosphere, but that will condense with time. As opposed to ASHES (his debut) this novel is set in Ireland during the time when the mobs ruled the casino scene. Cashmere is a casino and our primary characters are Paul and Eamon. But let the brief synopsis inform the rather short story: ‘Paul Kelly and Eamon McLean are two Irish mobsters who are at the forefront of the famous Cashmere Casino. While they are in a period of peace, trouble brews on their doorstep. With growing concerns about the Italian Mob, who just moved into the city, they both do not realize that everything is about to emerge.’ Lots of blood, violence, and all those aspects that make a thriller appealing.

What Timothy manages to do in this introductory episode of GAMBIT is establish the atmosphere of Ireland and the flavors of the disparities in philosophy and behaviors between the Irish and the Italians. His writing is propulsive and works in this vein to his favor. As he grows in output it is apparent he is a serious scribe, growing all the time. Grady Harp, May 16

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