‘I only feel truly alive when the chess clock is ticking and the patterns on the squares in front of me are dancing in my head. Very little else gives me the same feeling. Nothing else, that does not involve a flame.’
Tennessee Greenbecker is bravely optimistic as he sets out to claim what he sees as rightfully his – the title of world chess champion. But who is he really? Is he destined to be remembered as chess champion or fire-starter? Either way, might this finally be his moment?
Good news. This book is fantastic. I love that I didn’t need to understand chess to enjoy this novel. The author explained enough so that I wasn’t confused at all.
This is a really intriguing look at mental illness and addiction. I was compelled to keep reading. I read this in one sitting.
I highly recommend this book. Absorbing and entertaining. I loved the mix of humor as well. I loved this. Great read.
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Ben Graff is a writer, journalist and Corporate Affairs professional. He is a regular contributor to Chess and Authors Publish. He is not a grandmaster but did draw with one once.
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