Lion on Fire: A casino-heist thriller
"Sometimes you have to burn your world down before you can live in it"
Brian, a clean-cut, recent college grad, takes a side job in an underground casino in New York City to make extra cash to help his derelict brother out of a jam. Nothing goes as planned, and soon Brian is forced to team up with a charismatic co-worker to rob the mobsters who run the casino.
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Looking to make ends meet, Brian Rolson, age 22, was content to be a limo driver. For the time being. Other opportunities were so ...more
Brian and Dusty are two millennial males both trying to make extra money for their own noble reasons. They get caught up in the underworld of illegal pop up casinos run by the Russian mob when they both become limo drivers to the secret NYC locations.
Bearing witness to more than they are comfortable with, especially Brian, the more sensitive and straight-laced of the two with a healthy respect and fear of the law, both make the risky decision to avenge a female friend and come up w ...more
Fresh out of college and ready to set the world on fire, Brian's an upright citizen in the making and his father, an NYPD detective is rightly proud of him.
Unfortunately, such is not the case with Brian's younger brother, in Ted Galdi's exciting thriller, Lion on Fire.
Kip is the complete opposite of Brian - wild and reckless, the last thing he's interested in is ending up like his emotionally repressed (as he sees it), father or boring (by comparison) goo ...more
Brian is living the way he should be. Smart, reliable and moving up in life. A life with a plan. Until his younger brother, Kip, does something so stupid Brian almost has no choice but to step in. The money he owes a drug dealer will prob ...more
Enter Dusty, someone who befriends Brian and undertakes the task of helping both Brian and his younger brother. Dusty and Brian both work at the same company a ...more
You may be left wondering how this sweet, honest, law-abiding, respectable young man could possibly have gotten himself mixed up with the Russian mafia and a whole pack of trouble. Brian keeps trying to do the right thing by helping out his brother. All he was going to do is act as a limo driver to earn some big bucks to pay off his bro ...more
Ted Galdi is a storyteller that eschews the esoteric and evasive language that many writers seem to lean towards today in favor of straightforward and clear prose. In “Lion on Fire,” a short and engrossing novel of wanting to do right but slipping into serious transgression, Brian gets involved with some mobsters who can get ugly.
Brian’s brother has taken on a debt he can’t pay back and Brian assumes the load to clear up a mess. He, along with a friend, hatches a plan to rob an mob-run casino th ...more
Brian is a college grad with a policeman father. Brian has always been clean cut and a hard worker. He finds out his brother Kip had a pack of cocaine stolen from him and owes the dealer $30,000 and if he doesn't pay it in a short time he will be elimanated. Brian has a good job driving a limo. When he finds out his brother is in dangerous trouble, he allows himself to take a job shuttling wealthy individuals to illicit gambling games. He later learns the Russian ...more
A stretch-limo driver accepts a job driving for the Russian Mafia. He has to collect wealthy clients to gamble at secret destinations and deliver them there. He does this to rescue his younger brother from a massive drug debt. The irresponsible youngster left a big bag of expensive drugs in plain view in his car, which was broken into. Now he is being held responsible for the full value by the drug dealers. Their father is a law enforcement officer. He is shocked when ...more
The story is a pretty predictable tale of a young man needing to make a quick buck who gets invo ...more
This short story shows us Brian's experience doing everything he can to protect his brother for the inevitable, even though he has no desire to be a part of the things it takes to accomplish this.
Thanks to the author for the opportunity. I had a hard time putting this one down!
I found the story slow paced yet multi faceted in many ways. Firstly the underlying idea of wife/ women beaters and people's views and actions to override their natural instincts.
Secondly how far people are prepared to go in order to protect their loved ones and family, and that sometimes friends are as much family as your own flesh and blood.
Want to drive a limo, work for the Russian mafia in an illegal gambling operation? Then this is the book for you. Watch through the lives of two young limo drivers as their lives are involved in something more than they ever imagined. Great and exciting ending! This book should be a movie! A great read!
Well I enjoyed that read was nice and easy to read, it could be put down and pick up easily. I also liked the story I don't know if is going to be another book but id like them to meet up again !!! Id recommend it to my reader friends (seams less of them social media has taken a few away) I'm going to be looking for another book by this author.
I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad there is a prologue explaining how Brian and Dusty, know each other. It's a well thought out story and makes you wonder what is going to go wrong or right with the plan. A great story, by a talented writer, really hope to get to read more books by Mr Galdi x
The story is a familiar one, brother owed lots of money to the really bad guys, gets his older brother involved to help raise the $$$. The plan falls apart. There's mass hysteria, police, and guys and money. I enjoyed the characters and plot.
His available releases are the books Elixir, An American Cage, and Lion on Fire, and the short stories A Road to Now ...more