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All or Nothing

Reviewed by: Christine I Speakman

Written by: Preston L. Allen


Publisher: Akashic Books

Genre: General Fiction


ISBN: 978-1-933354-41-5

Pages: 252

Price: $14.95 (USA) $18.00 (Canadian) Trade Paperback


4 out of 4 roses

The best fiction book I have read in years!


Mr. Allen’s “All or Nothing” is the story of P and his gambling addiction.  “All or Nothing” is an extremely powerful and simply told story.  If I hadn’t needed sleep I would have read this in one sitting.


The character P, we’re never told anyone’s full name, is an honest man.  Honest, in that he knows he’s a gambler.  He knows he is addicted to gambling.  He knows he lies to those around him.  He doesn’t apologize for who and what he is.  P allows us to see into the mind of a gambler and that the meaning of money has many interpretations.


I agreed to read “All or Nothing” because I thought it would be a basic story about a gambler.  A straightforward fiction book. 


I was unprepared for the emotional intensity of Mr. Allen’s writing.


I was unprepared for the stillness and soft bluntness of Mr. Allen’s writing.


“All or Nothing” is one hell of a book.  Thank you Mr. Allen.

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