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The Vegas Transactions by Jack Kregas
Set in the early 70s when Las Vegas was growing, Elvis, Sinatra, and Liberace were its star performers. The mafia-controlled casinos were fighting new laws to keep their illegal operations alive.
Jack Ross, a renowned mob boss ousted from his previous position of power following his release from prison, is exiled to Las Vegas after reluctantly agreeing to an unprecedented business transaction arranged by his friend Willie Shinronski.
Willie’s brother, Albin Shinronski, a discharged Vietnam combat-chopper pilot is befriended by Jack Ross. A profound friendship and trust develop based on a ‘do what you have to do’ attitude.
Luca Lorenzo, the East Coast Mafia Capo, fears Jack Ross may return. He instigates a plan to retire Jack once and for all.
Two fictional families entwined in the history of one of the most unique places in the world, Las Vegas, is as much a study of individuals as it is a page turner.
Review by Eva Pasco: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A Sure Bet!Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021. Verified Purchase.Having read ‘Club Cargo,’ the first book where Jack Kregas introduces his key players in Boston, it was a sure bet I’d love the action in ‘The Vegas Transactions’. If you haven’t read Book 1, which I highly recommend, the author does a fine job apprising the reader of what went down in Boston.
It might appear that Willie Shinronski takes a back seat in this story. However, he is the mastermind behind keeping Jack Ross, a renowned mob boss ousted from his leadership position in the Irish Mob, safe from getting whacked by the Italian Mob following his release from prison.
Hence, the move to Vegas, where the Global Hotel & Casino provides much of the story’s backdrop. Then, there’s one of the new key players, Willie’s brother Albin, a force in his own right and my favorite character this time around.
Besides holding the reader’s interest with superb plotting, the author is in command of his cards throughout the story. Without getting off track:
He sprinkles historical tidbits of what Vegas was like in the early ‘70s, as well as the mindset of the Mob during business transactions and transitions. A time when Mafia-controlled casinos were fighting new laws to keep their illegal operations going, this provides realistic cannon fodder for the book.
He provides plenty of interesting and plausible character backgrounds.
You’re going to love the exit strategies he incorporates.
As Jack Ross said, “We all do what we have to do.”
If you’re looking for a sure bet of a book, you know what you have to do to acquire it.
Print Length: 297 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (June 16, 2021)
Global Library: Thrillers (Historical)
Global Library: Fiction (Action Thriller)
About Jack Kregas: Jack Kregas was born in New England in the north east of the United States. After a stint in the US Army, he was discharged in Europe and the next forty years were spent skiing and living life to the max as well as creating several successful businesses.
Winters in the Alps and summers windsurfing on Maui, Jack departed Switzerland for Maui full time with his Australian wife and small daughter. After five years he moved the family to Australia and became an Australian citizen.
Jack now lives in Brisbane and plays golf and tournament poker. After having published his first book in 2015, an autobiography of his adventurous life, It’s All About Me and a few others he has written another seven books.
Available Books by Author Jack Kregas:
- The Vegas Transactions Jul 7, 2021
- CLUB CARGO Jul 2, 2020
- Choice Cruise Lines May 6, 2017
- It’s All About Me and a few others Dec 5, 2015
- The very best of Tall Tales Dec 22, 2020
- It’s All About Me and a few others Box Set: Two book autobiography Aug 31, 2020
- Sinner Sid: A novelette Jul 6, 2020
- Slick Justice Oct 8, 2018
- Tall Tales Aug 11, 2017
- Contested Ransom Mar 17, 2017
- Innocent Retribution Dec 24, 2016
- Mystical Glasses Aug 7, 2016
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