The Other Side of Horse Racing
By Philip Nork
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
The prologue immediately sets the scene by
introducing Ben, the leader of a Gamblers Anonymous chapter for 30 years, and a
former gambler himself.
“To most of these people, it started out as an
escape and turned into a nightmare they never could. This is the story of one
As readers meet Bobby Tucker when he is sixteen
going to the horse racing track for the very first time, they will easily
connect to the young protagonist, with the foreshadowing of the prologue in the
back of their minds.
“…his story can be anyone’s story…and it needs to be
Readers will follow Bobby from sixteen to his
manhood, with all the ups and downs of his life as his gambling habit takes
hold. They will alternate from being
sympathetic to getting angry at him, witnessing what a gambling addiction can
do to a person, but throughout they will never stop rooting for him to turn his
The author skillfully keeps readers never quite sure
if the conclusion will be a positive one or not for this young man, which holds
their involvement in this compelling story to the very end.