@rararesources Blog Tour: The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff

The Greenbecker Gambit


Ben Graff

Genre: Myster, Thriller

Publication: April 16, 2020

Age Group: Adult

‘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?


As a follow up to yesterday’s rich, psychological novel, I have The Greenbecker Gambit on tour today!  This is another book with plenty of detail and a fascinating plot to get lost in!  This story follows Tennessee Greenbecker, a former chess child prodigy, who is plagued by the notion that there is a deep state conspiracy to prevent him from reaching his full potential in the genius department.  Ultimately, Tennessee is experiencing mental health issues that eventually lead to an incredibly poor physical and mental state.  The first couple of chapters are experienced in Tennessee’s head, rather than in reality.  Eventually the reader is brought into a wider view of the world and that “bubble” that we’ve been in becomes something entirely different.  I felt it was an interesting way to not only set up this character, but to frame the narrative around him.  I haven’t seen this done before and I really enjoyed it!

This book does not have a ranging cast of characters.  Those that do appear throughout the story are well written and have a depth of knowledge that is incredibly interesting!  Though I don’t know anything about chess, I didn’t feel like I needed a lot of in depth knowledge to be able to read and digest the content of this book.  The author gives Tennessee a unique voice and has an interesting writing style.

An intense book, but also a book that is particularly needed today!  The present in which I am writing this review needs more books like this.  Books that you can begin reading and not realize that it’s been three hours and you should have had a meal by now.  I found this book to be fascinating and would recommend to any reader looking for a psychological thriller in a modern setting!

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for having me on tour!  I was so happy to read and review this title!  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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