Here at Alphecca, I receive quite a few books for review. Most are sci-fi, mysteries, or about gun rights since those are my primary interests. When Joseph Badal kindly sent me a review copy of his new book, Shell Game and described it to me as “. . . the story from a borrower’s point of view about the impact that federal regulators are having on community banks,” I thought — well, I didn’t know what to think. I sure do, now!

Joseph Badal’s Shell Game is a first rate thriller and is one of the best novels I’ve read this year. I started it and read it straight through because I simply couldn’t stop. It has it all, from decades-old grudges to corrupt government officials. From a wife-beating, psychopathic investor, to killers for hire.

Along the way, you’ll also learn a thing or two about how government regulators aided and abetted the collapse of the commercial real estate market, took over some banks that were on sound footing, and contributed to the reluctance of many small businesses to expand and hire.

Joseph Badal knows how to write a suspense novel and keep the reader engaged right up until the end. His characters are realistic and well fleshed out. I was not familiar with his work prior to reading Shell Game but I assure you that I soon will be.

Here are the Amazon links to Shell Game: paperback edition and the Kindle edition.

Shell Game is a great read.