The Greenbecker Gambit
‘I only feel truly alive when the chess clock is ticking and the patterns on the squares in front of me are dancing in my head. Very little else gives me the same feeling. Nothing else, that does not involve a flame.’
Tennessee Greenbecker is bravely optimistic as he sets out to claim what he sees as rightfully his – the title of world chess champion. But who is he really? Is he destined to be remembered as chess champion or fire-starter? Either way, might this finally be his moment?
This was a strange novel. Multi-layered . Dark, disturbing and comedic in turns. A book that entertains and makes you wonder at the same time.
The main protagonist is Tennessee Greenbecker. A chess master? who is down on his luck and just needs one more shot to get back in the big time. Meanwhile he is resorted to begging for money from his younger brother Gabriel. He is convinced that his brother is controlling the purse strings of his late mother’s estate. Well a lot of things are against Tennessee, in his mind anyway and nothing is his fault and everything and everyone is conspiring to bring about his downfall. His brother and his girlfriend, the chess authorities who he refers to as the State. Yep nothing is his fault. As well as being a great chess player, well in his mind anyway, he is also a pyromaniac! He delights in starting fires in random places. When out for a meal with his brother and in the down and out hotels he is staying in.
A book that disturbs and gives an insight into the delusional . He is wandering the labyrinth of a fragile and broken mind. The writing is of a quality that drags the reader along with Tennessee and his chaotic world.
Thanks to Ben Graff for the tale and Rachel Gibley for the tour and the invite.
Author Bio – Ben Graff is a writer, journalist and Corporate Affairs professional. He is a regular contributor to Chess and Authors Publish. He is not a grandmaster but did draw with one once.
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