The response to Glen David Gold's debut novel, Carter Beats the Devil was extraordinary. He hypnotized us with his portrait of a 1920s magic-obsessed America and of Charles Carter -- a.k.a. Carter the Great -- a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeded even that of the great Houdini.
Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of Roaring Twenties pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is a complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical and sometimes dangerous world, where illusion is everything....Continua
What a charming historical fiction about a famous magician in the golden age of magicians and vaudeville. Even when Carter's not on stage, the story is full of misdirection and illusions. I thought I had the ending all figured out, but I was magically misdirected and was surprised at the actual ending. If you were a magic fan as a child, enjoyed that wonderment, this is a must read. Reading this ficitionalized story, got me interested in Carter the Great, Philo Farnsworth, and Borax Smith, and so led me to reading non-fictions about them. That's a great historical fiction, one that gets you so hooked you have to find out the truth of their lives and stories....Continua
At times a fairly exciting story but not enough to make it a page turner for me. Everything was predictable starting from the first 200 pages continuing to the last 400 ones. Secret service conspiracies were dry and the writing not so captivating. Would recommend this as a summer read if it wasn't so long....Continua