THE GAMBLERS is the story of Ben Andrews a shy accountant who becomes obsessed with numbers and luck.
When he wins the Lottery and becomes rich over night his life changes, but not necessarily in the ways he had thought.
Who can he trust, now that he’s rich? How should Ben build his new life? Still frugal and determined not to waste his money unnecessarily he unexpectedly falls under the spell of a charismatic and seductive Russian poker player, named Mirco. They share a passion for gambling but this fascination remains ambiguous for Ben.
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Ben is a shy guy, not good at reading people but good at maths and statistics. He has a promising academic career ahead of him but decides to ‘sell out’ for a steady income as accountant that will enable him to save money for his gambling schemes.
He is polite and pleasant and at a dinner party you’d probably like to chat with him but longer conversations could turn into a dry and demanding chore. Not without his charms and good sides, Ben is an acquired taste.
When he wins the lottery, he is surprised to find that he doesn’t quite know what to do with the money. Not a spender nor a people’s person he hesitates before quitting his job, and even after that it takes him a while before he starts spending some of his new wealth.
When he meets Russian gambler Mirco in New York he gets a first glimpse of the life he could lead, only he doesn’t have the imagination how to do this without his new friend. He finds himself torn between an urge to austerity and the sudden excitement that Mirco’s lifestyle promises.
Wendy, the beautiful stewardess that he meets on a flight, pulls him, however, in the opposite direction of Mirco, towards settling down and austerity.
I picture Ben a little bit like Ewan McGregor in the picture above. He can be naive, despite his intelligence. Although he is a rational statistician he starts to believe in a system that can beat the odds and by over thinking everything he invites in a paranoia that threatens to destroy his new happiness.
I’ve tried to write a real character rather than one that’s picture perfect.
Mirco is a charismatic man, loud, Russian, unpredictable and hugely successful in drawing people into his spell. Confident, beautiful and seemingly irresistible he has people falling over themselves for him. He is also an extremely lucky poker player who seems to be in harmony with his lucky stars.
Friendly, generous and interested in Ben’s game plans he becomes the perfect partner in crime for Ben’s gambling adventures.
There is something msyterious and suspicious about Mirco but then again, there is also so much honesty and directness that all distrust seems misplaced.
Mirco is unconventional but not without morals, a bad guy who is also good, and someone who will be your friend for life if you let him. He doesn’t do things halfway and enjoys living life to the full. A breath of fresh air and a whirlwind, he is the life and soul of every party, if you’re prepared to go wherever he will take you and can take a bit of his narcissistic streak.
A joker and a wild card. I picture him a bit like Alexander Skarsgard.
Wendy is a very attractive stewardess who meets Ben on an airplane. During their conversation over Duty Free sales he treats her with respect and generosity and uses his status as First Class passenger to shield her from her bossy superior.
She seems the stereotype of an overspending and materialistic girlie girl but turns out to be more steady and conscientious than Ben would have thought.
I always pictured her a bit like Scarlett Johansen, who in many of her roles shows that physical attractiveness doesn’t protect you from getting hurt or being vulnerable. With shy Ben she is forced to take the initiative.
Praise for Fischer’s thriller “THE HEALER” on Amazon:
“Very Unforgettable Read” – “One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre”
– “Touching thriller that raises many profound questions.”
– “Multi-layered, multifaceted, expertly credible psychological thriller”
Praise for “IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION” on Amazon:
“Excellent read. Cracking pace.” – “Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller”
“Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of ‘writing in the miniature’ “
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.