Bluff

Bluff

Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she started touring at seventeen, took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen, and never reached such hei Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated perf...

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Bluff Reviews

  • Wesley
    Mar 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

  • Zach
    Jun 08, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

    The idea of magic got me intrigued and so got the book. It started fine and had some interesting parts like Nat?s sleight of hand and Poker(of course!) and it was gripping too. But, somehow, in the end things didn?t all fall into place like it should have. Characters were not too w...

    Kardos is great at misdirection and twisty endings you don?t see coming. This time we see magic and card tricks through the eyes of Natalie, a young prodigy that has hit some hard times. And an ending I didn?t see coming. Great read!!! ...

    One of the best books I've read in years. I never thought a book about a magician and a game of poker could hold my interest this much, but it did. ...

    3.5 stars. A fun read with a plot I could not predict - hooray! Read this one in a couple days. I wonder if there will be a sequel? ...

    You want a fast-paced read with twists and turns and misdirection. Sometimes. This is a winner. ...

  • Laura
    May 22, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

    The idea of magic got me intrigued and so got the book. It started fine and had some interesting parts like Nat?s sleight of hand and Poker(of course!) and it was gripping too. But, somehow, in the end things didn?t all fall into place like it should have. Characters were not too w...

    Kardos is great at misdirection and twisty endings you don?t see coming. This time we see magic and card tricks through the eyes of Natalie, a young prodigy that has hit some hard times. And an ending I didn?t see coming. Great read!!! ...

    One of the best books I've read in years. I never thought a book about a magician and a game of poker could hold my interest this much, but it did. ...

    3.5 stars. A fun read with a plot I could not predict - hooray! Read this one in a couple days. I wonder if there will be a sequel? ...

  • Brian
    Mar 25, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

  • Annie
    Mar 06, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

  • Ashley Rae
    Mar 23, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

  • Lesley
    Jun 05, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

  • Mike Alber
    Apr 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

  • Pratibha
    Apr 13, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

  • Bandit
    Nov 21, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

  • Kristine
    Apr 06, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

  • Paula Lyle
    Mar 28, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

  • -RadioActiveBookWorm-
    Apr 02, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

  • Justin
    May 13, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

    The idea of magic got me intrigued and so got the book. It started fine and had some interesting parts like Nat?s sleight of hand and Poker(of course!) and it was gripping too. But, somehow, in the end things didn?t all fall into place like it should have. Characters were not too w...

    Kardos is great at misdirection and twisty endings you don?t see coming. This time we see magic and card tricks through the eyes of Natalie, a young prodigy that has hit some hard times. And an ending I didn?t see coming. Great read!!! ...

    One of the best books I've read in years. I never thought a book about a magician and a game of poker could hold my interest this much, but it did. ...

  • Gale
    Apr 23, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

    The idea of magic got me intrigued and so got the book. It started fine and had some interesting parts like Nat?s sleight of hand and Poker(of course!) and it was gripping too. But, somehow, in the end things didn?t all fall into place like it should have. Characters were not too w...

    Kardos is great at misdirection and twisty endings you don?t see coming. This time we see magic and card tricks through the eyes of Natalie, a young prodigy that has hit some hard times. And an ending I didn?t see coming. Great read!!! ...

    One of the best books I've read in years. I never thought a book about a magician and a game of poker could hold my interest this much, but it did. ...

    3.5 stars. A fun read with a plot I could not predict - hooray! Read this one in a couple days. I wonder if there will be a sequel? ...

    You want a fast-paced read with twists and turns and misdirection. Sometimes. This is a winner. ...

    Bluff is an energetic page turner, and with it, Kardos draws a straight flush of a romp through the underworld of poker. I couldn't put it down. ...

  • Suganya
    May 22, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

    The idea of magic got me intrigued and so got the book. It started fine and had some interesting parts like Nat?s sleight of hand and Poker(of course!) and it was gripping too. But, somehow, in the end things didn?t all fall into place like it should have. Characters were not too w...

  • Clare Fitzgerald
    Apr 02, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

  • Michelle
    May 09, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

  • Randal
    May 24, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

  • Mandy
    May 31, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

  • Dorie
    Nov 21, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Mar 21, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

  • Andrew
    Jan 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

  • Jane Goldberg
    May 11, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

  • Lara Hilton
    Apr 18, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

  • Stephanie Crowe
    Dec 04, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from a thriller featuring a magician, but I was pleasantly surprised! Natalie is a really likable character, anyone who has every worked in retail/customer service will instantly feel her pain. It is a quick listen (only 7 discs long) and towards the last t...

    Magic and poker games! My first reaction to Natalie was that no 27 year old is washed up as a magician or anything else - there's always something out there. Well, she finds that something. Natalie doesn't make the best choices, that's for sure, but she makes for an entertaining charac...

    The idea of magic got me intrigued and so got the book. It started fine and had some interesting parts like Nat?s sleight of hand and Poker(of course!) and it was gripping too. But, somehow, in the end things didn?t all fall into place like it should have. Characters were not too w...

    Kardos is great at misdirection and twisty endings you don?t see coming. This time we see magic and card tricks through the eyes of Natalie, a young prodigy that has hit some hard times. And an ending I didn?t see coming. Great read!!! ...

  • Dave
    Nov 09, 2017

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

  • Sarah Varney
    Jun 12, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...

    The whole point of this book is in the title. You know that someone is being bluffed and you should know it's you - the reader. That's OK as long as it's well done and this is for the most part. The sense of tension is awesome and builds throughout the story. The ending is a letdown in...

    I received this as an audio book and let me say Julia Whelan was awesome. I?m not a fan of many women narrators. I know that?s earful but it?s true. But Julia Whelan is just awesome. Now the book. Wow. I don?t want to give away any spoilers so I will try to give my review witho...

    A magician particularly adept at card tricks finds herself at a high stakes poker game. This was more of slow-burn for me, definitely not a thriller (I've seen it incorrectly categorized as such). It's a spin on a heist story, a gambling story similar to Bringing Down The House. (A ...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a free NetGalley ebook that I finished in early April. Witty, hardnosed, storytelling with a didn't-see-that-coming ending. A practiced female magician, Natalie, strikes out against a client at a corporate gig and needs her case handled at a cut rate by an...

    This book was incredible. Action from start to finish. I was immediately drawn in and couldn?t put it down. The last few chapters actually made my heart pound. Everything was expertly woven together - nothing felt out of place or awkward, and all my questions were answered by the end...

  • Jeff
    May 02, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

  • Christopher
    May 28, 2018

    Ok, this book had me at magician. I'll read just about any story with magic or magicians, however that is something of a (to use professional jargon) misdirection. One of many. This really is a story of a con, a gamble and a larceny. And it's done via cards, sort of appropriate, goes w...

    Magic tricks, sleight-of-hand, card sharks, high stakes poker, short cons, cheaters, and the big con are all featured here. Bluff is a lesson in storytelling. It's a story that doesn't seem like much at first, but you can't put it down. There's no walking away till this tale is told. A...

    Bluff by Michael Kardos is a fast-paced adventure of magic, poker, and card cheats. Just when you think you know what's going on, the novel turns you upside down again. Now you see it. Now you don't.  Wow! What an awesome book! I was hooked by the description, and the book deliver...

    Drop what you're doing and read this book immediately. Like a magician (or maybe a cardsharp?) Kardos lures us in and just when we're most enthralled, pulls off a trick that leaves us delighted, horrified, and stunned. Bluff shows us what happens when the worlds of magic and cheating a...

    What a well written and well researched book. This book was so fresh in the character detailing and the way it pushed forward , the boundaries between magic and reality fading in every chapter . Natalie is a good magician who is pushed to a bad corner due to her circumstances. She is t...

    I truly wanted to like this book a lot more than I ended up doing so. Natalie is a young magician who is falling on hard times. During a magic show, an incident occurs that leads her scrambling for money and for an option for more fame. She enters the world of competitive poker, in hop...

    Certainly not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this is a phenomenally gripping yarn. It?s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters? motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel. Kardos?s obvious delight in the telling is infe...

    They say there is honor among thieves, but that honor is thin on the ground in Michael Kardos? Bluff. This is unfortunate because magician Natalie Webb could use all the help she gets after a trick goes wrong at one of her rare gigs. Her bright idea to make some money to pay her lega...

    OMG! What an incredible con (as in con (wo)man. Firstly, I've been as naive as Natalie and believed a big bunch of lies a guy has said (when I was younger, seriously) just to get with me. Poor Natalie; he naivety destroyed her career. As young adults, as much as we hate what our parent...

    Once I was hooked it was hard to put down! I was kept guessing right to the end! ...

    I thought it was a good Book. Maybe I was a little amped up for more sleight of hand. ...

    Goodreads Synopsis: Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment. At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she starte...

    I?ve seen a few reviewers write that Michael Kardos?s BLUFF ? a book about a sleight-of-hand magician who gets sucked into the world of card sharps ? is itself a magic trick. And on one hand, I totally get that: it draws you in with a fun premise, hooks you with sharp writing, ...

    Bluff is a highly readable mystery with a likable main character (who undergoes real character development) that has some excellent turns and misdirections. Be forewarned, the last few chapters do get a littler darker than the initial tone would suggest. ...

    A wildly fresh caper novel, which is rare. The lead characters felt real even if Victor the mark & co. were a little two-dimensional. Readers who like magic / cards / card tricks will like the book more than others. The plot is what poker players call a slow play, with no hint as ...

    When you sit down at a poker table, you want the game to be clean. The poker industry is, justifiably, a bit obsessed with shedding its historical image of disreputability, because players want a fair shot at winning. But when you sit down to read a poker book or watch a poker movie...

    I just finished reading BLUFF to John this morning. I happened upon it in a "Summer Reading" article and after some further research decided it should be read. John picked it up on the New Releases shelf at the Santa Monica Public Library last week, and that was that. I must say that I...