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Ross Cavins is author of the award-winning and often ridiculed book, "Follow The Money" (you can find it here on A self-appointed disciple of Elmore Leonard, he writes from his home in North Carolina where he pretends people pay him to do what he loves. His sense of humor is sort of like Disco; you dance to it even if you don't admit it. After recently signing a literary agent, he's been hard at work readying two novels for submission. You can find him toiling away at,, and

Story: Bobby Joker, Professional Poker Player


Lisa Rose

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This is a good story. The characters are memorable; Bobby Joker, professional poker player. I really liked Starky also. It reminds me of the movie A Simple Plan. Whenever there is a possibility for something to go wrong, it usually goes wrong in a big way. But Bobby wanted to go to Vegas... does it really matter how he gets there? I loved your use of dialogue. The part I liked the best? Bobby's eyes widened, and he was about to say something when two shots rang out and blood spattered all over his face. He pushed away from the table and jumped up as Blue collapsed to the floor beside him, half his head missing. There stood Starky on the other side of the table, holding his Glock in an outstretched hand. Great imagery! The excuse for the second murder? "They killed my dog," Starky said. Sounds like justifiable homicide to me. Again good story. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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easy company

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To draw a relative comparison, RC is the equivalent of Eminem's arrival on the hip hop music scene! Smart, witty, passionate...big things are in the works here!!


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Hysterical...surprisingly not predictable... I got a free e-book that was GOOD??!! YAY ME!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!


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Absolute genius, great real page turner!


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Great book!

HF Today

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Absolute genius, A real page turner!


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Wow, this was an awesome read with a lot of suspense. Definitely worth anyone's time!

Carl HF

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"Truley inspiring story" I love it


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Wow, your story is amazing. You are truly inspiring, and your talent is phenomenal. I hope you go far.


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As a fan of "Follow The Money", I was very pleased to read this short story. A little bit of The Cincinnati Kid with the edge of Reservoir Dogs. This story is a Southern Noir with Ross's humor sprinkled through out in appropriate doses. I am looking for more from Ross!


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A great story in the Ross Cavins style. Bobby Joker wants nothing more than to go to Vegas to play in the big tournament. He has a potential backer, but the backer wants to see him play and sets up a private session. Events start going bad in a big way, but there is more than one way to get to Vegas. Bobby Joker is one those characters you would like to see return.


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Normally I don't like these kinds of stories but this one had me from the moment Bobby sat up in the kitchen chair. The beginning started out a little slow but I guess that was to give us some sort of baseline for the character of Bobby. It finished strong and in the end...that's what matters. So well done!


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I enjoyed Follow the Money, so I was glad to see a new story by Cavins. Being a former professional poker dealer, (and my favorite hand has always been jack-six) I really liked the story.


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From a man in the trenches who plays poker all the time you certainly captured the look and feel of these characters. I can give you real names for some of them! You nailed the tension of the game and what goes on in the character's minds. Great job! Love the video too!


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This held my attention and was interesting to read. it isn't my usual subject or language but I thought the writing was very good and creative


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Enjoyable little story with lots of suspense.


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"Bobby Joker..." is an excellent return to the tone of "Follow the Money," of which I am a fan. This story has the tone and sense of humor that Cavins fans expect, which the memorable characters to match. It was full of action, yet left me wanting more as I contemplate Bobby's next move.

Chuck Craddock

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I've read material from Cavins in the past and I have always enjoyed his style. I was very quickly whisked away to places which I would not voluntarily go and was placed near people with whom I would not usually associate. The uneasiness and tension in the story grabbed and held me, the ending shook me and threw me to the floor. I will continue to read his work and look forward to future offerings.


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I agree with previous reviews (except for PaperbackWriter who needs to put down Cavins and go pick up some Bronte). The story has an economy of words, yet all moods and tones are conveyed clearly. I was also sad about the dog, and thought someone needed to be shot for it. I thought the ending--hinting at what's to come without belaboring the point--was unexpected though satisfying.

loved it

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lots of action, lots of humor, lots of surprises. and love the video too. i'm liking your fb page now.

Leonard Fan

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I'm an Elmore Leonard Fan also (can't get enough of Justified) and I have to say, I felt just like I was plopped into one of those episodes right before Raylan busts in the door. Very well done. Economic on words without getting too descriptive, with surprises around every corner. Will this turn into a novel one day?

rapid reader

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fast slick and quick


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I've read Cavins' work before (e.g., Follow the Money), so I looked forward to Bobby Joker. Ross did not disappoint! Having spent some time in the South during the '60s while doing seismic work in the backcountry of Arkansas, Missouri, and North Carolina, I met people like Bobby and the others in this story. I once saw a grown man weep when his puppy was run over by a truck after the dog ran into the road. And then again, I remember one Moonless night when a dog would not stop barking (we worked at night when nothing was moving, and the dog obviously sensed our presence) until a shot rang out and the barking ceased. (Obviously, the farmer had had enough.) Bobby and the others we met in this story are just as real as any other people you were likely to meet then and still may meet today...which is what made the story all the more interesting and fun to read. And of course the suspense leading up to the end of the card game is to die for (no pun intended). A superb story! Five stars!

KC Pearl

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This story is not only engrossing but displays precision writing, with minimalist prose that somehow manages to provide the necessary details about the characters. It is obvious to see the inspiration from Elmore Leonard and yet the story is not mere imitation. PaperbackWriter totally missed the point. To read and story and review it is not simply about suspending disbelief. It is about being objective, entering into not only the world of the characters but their mentality as well. **SPOILER-ALERT** So what if you, as a reader, do not like the gratuitous killing of the dog? This is not an issue for the character, and calling 911 would totally be out of the question for hardened criminals! That would be something a 'normal' person would do, but not Blue or Willis! I thoroughly enjoyed this. The characters are so clearly written, and the story is very, very engaging! Thank you for a half hour well spent...Time I would have otherwise wasted watching the Sneezing Panda on Youtube for the seven millionth time! The only reason I didn't catergorise it as a MASTERPIECE was because I thought that the first part of the piece, about the boot sale, was not a necessary contribution to the plot at all. The words could have been saved maybe for more of Bobby's story at the end? But that's just me...

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