As head of security for the recreated Saints and Sinners, it’s Luca “Lucky” Luchazi’s job to keep the brass and the clients alive when a series of mysterious accidents befall the casino, starting with the death of his friend and mentor, Charles Vega, the previous owner of Lucky Sevens. But Luca isn’t feeling so lucky anymore. The casino has changed hands, changed its name and changed everything, the woman he loves won’t speak to him, and if things don’t change, he’ll be out of a job, or maybe out of his life.
Many of us have visited Vegas and seen Sin City with the cast of neon to dazzle our view. Lucky Sevens, by Cynthia Vespia, tells the story from the inside view, the angle few of us ever see. It’s the story of those that make keep the cogs moving any way they can and try not to get caught up in the machinery. When it was Lucky Sevens, run by his friend and mentor, Charles Vega, it seemed like a pretty good place to be. Now, he’s not so sure. The new boss is connected and has big corporate money behind him, the mysterious deaths that have occurred in the hotel lately all seem to be connected and black magic seems to be in the air. It’s up to Lucky to uncover what is really going on, but the question is whether he can do it before his luck runs out.
Lucky Sevens is an entertaining read that offers a different perspective on the Vegas scene, showing that it isn’t all bright lights and cash flow. Everyone wants to come out with the winning hand, even behind the scenes where the stakes may be higher than anyone realizes. Take a walk through the Vegas underworld with Lucky Luchazi, but tread carefully. You never know who’s lurking around the next corner, who can be trusted or who’s going to come out on top.
Dark fiction fans who have found pleasure in the first two books of the Demon Hunter: Saga, by Cynthia Vespia, will surely enjoy Heroes Call, the third and final book. Costa Calebrese questions who he is in The Chosen One and he learns his lessons as he faces evil foes of supernatural origin. In Seek and Destroy, the lessons learned involve true love and the battles are even tougher. In Heroes Call, Costa once again finds himself with doubts about his path in life. Once again he is called to the aide of those that he cares for, but when he thinks that he has lost everything, he doubts not only his calling, but his own abilities. He begins to make a new life, only to discover that his old life will not be left unresolved. The opponent he faces this time may not be beaten with fighting skill alone, and he must rediscover his faith in himself and who he is to win. The lesson he must learn this time may be the hardest lesson of all. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Vespia’s books, all three may be purchased together as Demon Hunter: Saga at Amazon: