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The Gamester

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John Law had a remarkable career ahead of him. Already a successful banker, he was an outstanding figure set to go far. Yet his Scottish homeland was fraught with potential pitfalls and when he killed ‘Beau Wilson’ in a dual, it seemed that the gods had finally conspired against him and his career was to be cut short in its prime. However, dissatisfied with his fate, Law c ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1949)
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Andrew
Though written in the later part of his career, in fact "The Gamester" was the last novel Sabatini saw published, it still has some tradiational Sabatini elements, though there is no sword fighting (that i can recall). However, the fault I found in this book is the lack of interference John Law faces. Yes, there is a bad guy but he comes and goes often doing very little damage.

Now that is not to say this is a bad book. The economical and political background is phenomenal in accuracy and depth y
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Pandora
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, sabatini
This one takes up the world of banking and stocks. While not as thrilling as Sabtini's typical swashbucklers still, RS manages to create a good story with twists and turns. His purple prose is up to his usual standards. The hero John Law is a bit too dense about love. The ending however is a great payoff. A good chioce for fans of Sabatini and certainly beter than The Shame of Motely or The Marquis of Carbas.

One other note is that although John Law has a family life including children the family
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One of my favorite Sabatini books. If you like good books you should consider reading this one. This dude gets in trouble and turns to gambling.
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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the ...more
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