In Long Shot, R.J. Loffredo gives a story that starts in a flashback that brings you into the world of a guy who has it all and is at the top of his game, literally, being the operator of a high-stakes casino and an eligible bachelor. This is the story of Raf Valone and how he outsmarted the U.S. Witness protection program, and his nemesis, Harry Payefsky, aka Harry Paycheck. Thanks to Raf’s state-of-the-art security cameras, Raf must take every precaution to watch his back and stay alive to be a witness against Harry and his criminal activity. During these events, he meets his love, Hannah Cross, a girl of many talents, including being a professional hacker. The cross-country adventure of Raf and Hannah keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This story has it all, just like Raf.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Long Shot. The characters of Raf and Hannah were really well-developed, and the character of Tu Thu Tran was just shady enough to make me feel like no one would really know him if he were a real-life person. Harry was not described in great detail, but I still felt like we knew him enough to stay away from him if he were a real character. My biggest criticism of the book is the flow of the chapters. I understand the need/want to know a bit about the main characters’ lives before they meet, but I had a hard time following some of the chapters. There were a few times where I had to go back and re-read the beginning of the chapter and even a couple times that I had to go and re-read part of other chapters because I felt like I had missed something when reading it. I got confused many different times while reading and had to go back and check who it was that was talking or thinking in the chapter. The first chapter completely lost me; I now realize its order in the story, but I had to re-read chapter one many times to try and set the scene and figure out what happened. It actually turned me off of the book at the beginning; I had to set the book down and come back to it a day later, starting back at page one. After the third time of doing this, I finally had to just push through and continue reading. If I was not given this book to review, I would have put it back on the shelf after the first time going through the first chapter. I am glad that I kept reading!
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|Page Count||268 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|