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5.0 out of 5 starsAn Engaging Mix of Values, Story, and Delight
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
"Fool's Luck" is a page turner. When Myles Bradford IV, high school government teacher, steps onto the stage for his first presidential debate, the story just gets more and more involving. I was hooked. And while there are several surprising plot twists here to reward reading, there is also the wonderful way the author weaves a deep knowledge of politics into the mix, all without sacrificing the story or the pace of the entertainment. Yet another pleasure, for me, at least, were the moments between Myles and his wife, his daughter, his son, and his closest friends, which are handled nicely and with real depth. Well done. Very strong story.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2021
Not a genre I usually choose, but being a fan of The West Wing, figured I'd check it out. It was most definitely an interesting read. I don't like summarizing stories because I'm afraid I'll slip in a spoiler, so I'll simply say, don't pass it by, because you don't think it's your thing. It's great storytelling, and a very interesting premise.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2021
I purchased both the book and the Audible version of Fool’s Luck. I LOVE the narrator of the Audible version. His take on the accents for different parts of the country is fabulous. The story is very intriguing because it could happen to an everyday person. I found the book to be riveting and it kept me reading and listening to the very end. Dave Milbrandt’s latest book is a hit in my opinion. I can’t wait for more books by this author.
I have read all of Dave Milbrandt's novels, and I think this is his best one yet. When high school teacher Myles Bradford buys a lottery ticket on a whim, he has no idea that it will change not only his own life, but also the history of the United States! This novel is an enjoyable ride for readers and also serves as a commentary on modern politics. I really enjoyed it.
Although I have zero interest in politics, the premise that someone could win a huge lottery & decide to spend it running for POTUS was intriguing. This unlikely scenario was written with the common citizen in mind, with snappy, humorous dialog. The author happens to be a former coworker of mine. Way to go, Dave!
An enjoyable page turner with a refreshing look on political fiction. Hard to put this down as you want to know what happens next with Myles. A very relatable protagonist and setting for me, as an educator, so cal resident, and elected official. I wish this book kept going to see what happened next. An easy fun read and one I would highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 starsA very interesting look a the part of the political world that people don’t usually see.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2021
I really enjoyed Dave Milbrandt’s latest book “Fool’s Luck”. It was a page turner for me because I kept waiting for Myles Bradford to do something “unpresidential” and lose everything. But he came through! This book also had many different emotions flowing through it which I really like in a book. I don’t usually read many political books but this was well done. Good job, Dave.
What would you do if you won the lottery? I think a lot of us would say pay off bills, buy a new car, take a vacation or maybe give some to a charity. For Myles he had a very different plan when he won. He shocks his family when he tells them he is going to run for President of the United States. Okay now there are many thoughts rushing through my head. Is he qualified? Does he know what he is getting into? Is he crazy?
I was very engaged in the story as this unknown decided he wanted to make a difference. Being a teacher for many years , he has loved every minute of it. Myles is ready to change the world and being President will give him the opportunity to take his ideas and watch them improve our nation. Okay I did laugh as I read that this virtually unknown man thought he could actually win the race.
The story follows one man as he puts his name in the race. I liked learning all the ins and outs of running for office. Your life is now very public and everything is open season to the media. It did have a hint of realism as one story came out that was definitely a smear campaign. The author does a good job of tackling this issue and delivers a nice way to stop the rumors.
I did like the story but for me the behind the scenes personal story where the author shined. Myles must convince his wife that this is the right thing to do. He is willing to use every cent of his winnings to be the President. I thought his wife was wonderful and supported him every step of the way. Of course there was that moment of “Are you kidding me?” that she thought but wouldn’t you ask the same thing?
There is a part of the story where Myles struggles with his faith. He has the same question that many of us have. Why does God allow things to happen? We may not get the answer but Myles will face a crisis that will not only test his faith but what his priorities are. This was the best part of the book for me. We witness real emotion, see Myles struggle with what he should do and watch him tackle the very basic question. Is being President more important than family?
Be prepared to laugh, cry and rejoice as one man sets out to change the world in this emotional journey. I really enjoyed the book and loved how believing in yourself gives you confidence to see your dreams come true.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.