A prologue that sets the dangerous stage for the events to come. Meet Jake who gets swept into a dark world of deception and has to make moral and ethical decisions in order to help his brother survive and gets trapped by the lure of the Desire Card.
Jake never realizes that as he takes the journey of his life as part of The Card, his every move would be manipulated and orchestrated by not only Gable but Marilyn too two main people I’m his life. Simple jobs at first and then facing off with Georgie and Maggs as he learns the meanings of deception, lies and deceit. Jake starts out in Hell’s Kitchen snd moves on to taking jobs with Gable and the Desire Card. As Jake becomes part of the card and is tasked to kill his first person as it’s the wish of a client, he justifies his actions, takes aim at the victim and uses it as a reason for what this mark did to his father. But, one death leads to more and the money pours in but he never really sees just who or what the Card really is. Gable is not who he thinks and his history about his life what’s true and what’s false, just what is Marilyn’s relationship with Peck? Why is Jake so sure she cares for him and why is his life in jeopardy?
As each interaction reveals more and Bette Davis types away to document it all, why does she wind up dead? What happens when Spencer Tracy comes after Jake? Why is he so blind about Marilyn and the final scenes with his parents are sad and revealing as Jake and his father reveal truths and his mother cannot deal with the result. When he thinks Marilyn is going to meet him at the boat, author Lee Matthew Goldberg throws readers and Jake a harsh truth and reality.
The lines are crossed and the fear runs high but Jake won’t see it coming.
Marilyn is the catalyst who introduced Jake to Gable and he understands about the masks but he does not see through the facade of The Card or how he’s being used . Gregory Peck is ruthless and demands his do and convinces Jake that he has something over Gable and he yields the position of station manager. Crude, cruel and manipulative, Jake thinks he knows the truths bit the lies are so well crafted at times he does not see the truths.
The Desire Card fulfills the every wish of the client but in reality it’s power everyone is after, Kathryn Hepburn and Olivier are from another branch, Jake is Errol Flynn as true identities are not allowed. No one from the outside world is to know who they really are. Jakes wish is for medical care for Emile his brother and but wishes are granted at a high price thefts, deaths, murders, drugs, products and enforcers. Power is paramount and Jake gets more embroiled into the Desire Card and the final takedown you won’t believe. A petty crook, a thief who robs stores and the perks, money, high priced shopping and events plus then the darker side comes out and Jake realizes too late he trusted too freely. Everything he does has a price and Jake loves the protection he thinks he’s getting until he faces what would shock him, the one person that had him fooled.
Does Gable have a family as Jake is told? How does he uncover each person’s pasts and secrets? Does he have a mole or informant?
Power without remorse or conscience or fear of reprisals. An ending that changes the structure of The Card as we wonder what is next for those who survive the power struggles and greed wars. Would you want you every wish filled?
Fran Lewis just reviews