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Blind Luck [Paperback]

Scott Carter
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March 29 2010
Dave Bolden’s life feels like it’s on repeat. He works his eight hours at a boutique accounting firm, goes home, gets drunk and wakes up the next day to go back to work with a hangover. But his life changes when an eighteen-wheel truck crashes through the front windows of his workplace, killing everyone except him. Shortly after the accident, he is approached by an eccentric businessman, Mr. Thorrin, who interprets Dave’s survival as luck and sets out to exploit what he perceives as a gift. Mr. Thorrin wants Dave to participate in gambling, stock manipulation and extreme betting, all based on this belief. Complicating Dave’s life further is his strained relationship with his father, a lifelong compulsive gambler. The more he interacts with his father, the more he realizes a series of events from his childhood support the theory that he is unusually lucky. What transpires is a series of extreme tests of luck, orchestrated by the very mysterious Mr. Thorrin. The more Dave denies that he is lucky, the more he finds himself in situations that make it appear that he is. As the stakes rise both financially and personally, Dave is left to decide whether his run of good fortune is a gift or a curse.

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Quill & Quire

Would you bet your life on luck? Risk your fortune on a coin toss or wager? In Toronto screenwriter Scott Carter’s debut novel, Dave Bolden could plausibly answer yes. When the driver of an 18-wheel big rig has a seizure and crashes his truck into an office building, Dave is the lone survivor. Dave himself would have fallen victim to the catastrophe, but the mother of all hangovers had driven him from his desk to take refuge in the washroom.

Multi-millionaire investor Mr. Thorrin, who views Dave’s fortuitous survival as an omen, badly wants Dave on his payroll. Dave is sceptical but, deep in debt and newly jobless, he accepts Thorrin’s offer of employment. Dave’s luck is put to the test in assignments that run the gamut from the obvious (picking stocks or predicting the point totals of football games) to the ridiculous (guessing a stranger’s name or the amount of money in someone’s bank account). Carter punctuates the narrative with scenes from Dave’s past, each of which illustrates the effect fortune has had on the man’s life.

Dave’s lucky streak holds, but as the rewards grow, so do the stakes. Luck and risk, after all, are two sides of a single coin, and as the bets become more extreme, pain or death could result if Dave’s luck eventually runs out.

Carter does fine work on the little details of his characters’ appearance and interactions. Dave Bolden is a likeable protagonist, the prose is engaging, and the novel’s pace leaves little time to consider the essential implausibility of its premise. Unfortunately, the narrative flow is broken whenever the author deviates from Dave’s point of view. 

And because Dave’s luck holds out time after time, the novel’s conclusion is never in doubt. If you buy into the premise of the book, the ending is satisfying. If you find the pileup of coincidences begins to strain credulity, neither the climax nor the denouement will prove effective.

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Scott Carter has delivered a wonderful debut novel, one that is fresh and original. The book weaves between what is happening and flashbacks in Dave's life that shows how lucky he is. The flashbacks are done in such a way that we can see why Dave doesnt view himself as lucky. These segments add a depth to the tale and a nice backing to make his non-belief in his luck that much more understandable. The book moves quick, is incredibly well written and exciting in a subtle way. I highly recommend this one. (Carl Isonhart Suspense Magazine)

Blind Luck is a well paced story, filled with twists and turns and the edge-of-your-seat nail biting thrills that many gamblers have experienced when testing their luck and leaving things to chance. Carters easy writing style and comfortable characterization makes Blind Luck even more difficult to put down. David Bolden is one of the most relatable, likable, and real characters Ive read in a very long while. (Renee Miller The Canadian Publishing Examiner)

...This page-turner of a novel is a treatise on family, fortune and fate, a fast trip into the world of chance. Couple it up with Russell Smiths Girl Crazy and you have two very smart, stylish works of big city imagination. (Andrew Armitage The Owen Sound Sun Times)

Carter does fine work on the little details of his characters appearance and interactions. Dave Bolden is a likeable protagonist, the prose is engaging. (Quill & Quire)

Lucky us, to have author Scott Carter among us. The Beach-bred and Riverdale-dwelling teacher and screenwriter has produced his first novel, Blind Luck, and its a terrific read. (Eric McMillan Toronto Reads)

The book I read is called Blind Luck by a Canadian Author named Scott Carter...its truly an amazing read (Todd Shapiro 102.1 The Edge)

Blind Luck is an extremely engaging novel. Carter, who is also a screenwriter (and English teacher), has crafted a book that craves to be made into a film. The action never flags, the characters are sharply drawn (especially Dave, whom I imagine played by John Cusak), and the scene shifts from Daves past to present are smoothly handled... (Bill Maclean The Beach Metro)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Blind Luck Worth Taking a Chance On. Aug. 17 2010
By Renee
Format:Paperback
Scott Carter's debut novel Blind Luck is a story about a man whose life changes after a horrific accident occurs at his work, leaving him the only survivor. David Bolden is unsure whether he is lucky or not, believing that the accident happened because it could and he survived because...well, he's not sure why he survived. Then along comes Thorrin, a powerful and wealthy character determined to exploit what he sees as Bolden's obvious luck.

This is a well paced story, with the edge-of-your-seat nail biting thrills that many gamblers have experienced when testing their luck and leaving things to chance. Carter's easy writing style and comfortable characterization makes Blind Luck even more difficult to put down. David Bolden is one of the most relatable, likable, and real characters I've read in a very long while. He's one of those characters you like so much, you don't want the story to end. Quite simply, it's easy for the reader (male or female) to put themselves in Bolden's shoes, and to understand his motivations and his actions.

I was impressed with Carter's comfortable and clean writing style, no purple prose here. I'd definitely recommend picking up Blind Luck. It's worth the read and I can't wait to see more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So excited for this debut novel! Feb. 14 2010
Format:Paperback
I've been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time. Based on what I've read from Scott Carter in the past, you can expect great characters matched with an intriguing plot. After all, who doesn't wonder if things like fate or luck play a role in determining our lives? What the main character, Dave, goes through in this novel is sure to cause readers to reflect and wonder about what turns their own lives might take.

So far I've only read brief excerpts of the book but based on Carter's script and screen writing credentials I have high hopes and expectations that I don't doubt will be met. Hopefully this is just the first of many novels from this great Canadian talent!
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