Con artist Billy Cunningham is no stranger to the casinos of Las Vegas - he's ripped off every single one. But his latest scam - a year in the making - promises his crew their biggest payday yet. Billy has thought of everything down to the last detail...or so he thinks.
He hasn't counted on the father-son team of contract killers looking to cash in on Billy's head. Or his old flame, Maggie Flynn, out for payback for her broken heart. If Billy and his team can pass themselves off as high rollers for a week straight, living it up in Vegas's most exclusive suites and box seats, they'll get their chance to make their VIP status permanent. It's the biggest scam of their lives - if they live.
©2016 James Swain (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Bad Action is Book 2 in the Las Vegas con man Billy Cunningham series. It's a fun listen as Cunningham and his team attempt to take a casino for millions of dollars. The con is clever. Some of the team members are unreliable. And a hit team follows Cunningham trying to kill him. The book is a fun diversion. Nick Podehl does a fine job of narration.
little and 2 much of the character development
very weak book
can't think of any
The first Billy Cunningham book was excellent. This one was plodding and uninspired. Billy is supposed to be the head of a hip young gang of hustlers, but they are a bunch of whining complainers, unreliable, always being given a second chance, questioning his actions and moves even though many of them are not too bright. The dialog between the two bimbos and Billy is very tepid. In short, I finally stopped caring so much about the entire gang that I skipped about 8 chapters to get to the final 3-4 chapters and finish the damned thing. Bottom Line: I, like millions of readers, was crushed when the Tony Valentine franchise was ended, a business decision I learned about and accepted. With the first Billy Cunningham book I felt the torch had been passed to a worthy and considerably different protagonist with a very good first book. The second book makes it unlikely I'll want to read a third book.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
Such a great book! The Billy Cunningham character is such a great one. I love books where the protagonist is not exactly the picture of moral perfection. Not sure what that says about me, haha, but it just makes things more interesting! The story in this book was original and so well thought out. Kept me guessing right up until the end. Nick Podehl is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators, as well. Great book told supremely well. Will not disappoint!
I've now read Swain's two Cunningham novels and found them both entertaining and even enlightening. However, as an African American reader, my enjoyment is marred by the lack of multidimensional sympathetic black characters (in fact, all of the black characters are monstrous, which is disturbing). If this doesn't bother you then you'll probably find the novel a fun ride. However, this was my last Swain book.
"Good sequel but take down is better"
As other reviews have said, Billy's crew are meant to be expert pros but spend most of the book causing him trouble and he, the ruthless leader, lets them away with it time and time again. That being said, it is enjoyable Vegas cheat story and ticks the boxes for James Swain fans
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