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Lost In Las Vegas
Reader Reviews
"John and Ludo, a duo of ill-fated, ass in-a-sling characters come to life in Avery Cardoza’s novel, "Lost in Las Vegas". Right from the first few pages, the old adage "If it wasn’t for bad luck, there’d be no luck at all" sprung to my mind. Cardoza paints a picture in this, his first novel, reminiscent of Pat Conroy’s style of writing -- such broad, descriptive images that one can’t help but feel as if one is experiencing every happening along with the character. A quirky, funny, hard-to-put-down read."
Mary W, Las Vegas NV
"Lost in Las Vegas, November 9, 2011

Lost in Las Vegas,

Now I have read a lot of book in my time, but I never had a book that made me laugh out loud like this book did. The scenes and characters the author paints in this book make you feel like you are there watching this all unfold in front of you. The two main characters right from start go on a wild crazy adventure that we keep you turning the pages and wanting to read more. Damm it!! I want to know what John and Ludo were thinking at the end.

If this book were a movie, you would have Quentin Tarantino & Ivan Reitman directing it. I got to give it up to the Avery Cardoza this is by far one of the funniest books I have read. I’m hoping he comes out with a sequel, cause I’m wanting to see what these guys have to do next. Bravo!!!            Amazon review link"
BigHouse, Amazon Review
"Amazing Read.....and a first time author!, October 23, 2011

I read almost everything that comes out with a Vegas theme, so it is easy for me to say that Cardoza has nailed it on the first try. The writing is crisp and fast moving. The character development is so well done that you feel like you are truly living the experience. I hope that this is not the last we hear from Avery Cardoza!         Amazon review link"
Cambkat, Amazon Review
"Fast and Funny, October 26, 2011

I had planned to read Lost in Las Vegas a few chapters a night, but the crazy plot moves so fast and the insane incidents are so funny that I couldn’t put it down once I started. Vegas is my hometown and I can tell you that I’ve seen most of the book’s characters over the years, from the two rubes who get themselves into one tangle after the other to the grizzled poker players who take them for all they’re worth to the Mafia-type guys who rip them off and the gorgeous gal who takes them for a ride on the wild side. On a more serious note, I’ve also seen the darker side of town the book portrays, the degenerate gamblers, the down and out, and the sleaze bags. I recommend this book and can see it becoming a movie in the mold of The Hangover.         Amazon review link"
Cardsmith, Amazon Review
"A Comedy with a Conscience,October 14, 2011

We all think we know Las Vegas--the glitz! the glamour! the girls! the gambling! the gangsters! But surely Vegas isn’t just what we experience during our vacations on the Strip, or what we see in movies, whether "Casino" or "The Hangover." Avery Cardoza’s novel shows us all sides of Sin City as we join New Yorkers John and Ludo on what they believe will be their dream vacation.

From the minute they arrive in Vegas, things just don’t work out the way they’d hoped, and their adventures (and misadventures) are what make this novel a laugh-out-loud read--and also make us think long and hard about how, behind the bright lights and million-dollar jackpots, there are real people living real lives.

While Ludo just wants to rest and relax, John is ready for action, and he finds it when he literally bumps into the beautiful but mysterious ZZ. She’s exciting, she’s excitable--and she’s the catalyst for the hilarity that follows. ZZ is trouble, but she may also be John and Ludo’s only hope for ever getting back home.

John somehow manages to stumble through three days and three sleepless nights, as ZZ’s influence leads to a Mob boss, a gang of poker-playing killers, the FBI, the local police, and countless others turning this dream vacation into one long nightmare for him and Ludo (while providing many good laughs for the reader). Never has the simple act of ordering eggrolls at a food court been funnier!

As his buddy Ludo becomes ensnared in John’s escapades, the discussions and quarrels they have make for some incredibly funny dialogue. In spite of everything that’s happening around them and to them, Ludo remains determined to do what he came to Vegas to do--sleep, eat, enjoy a beer or two, relax by the pool--even as he tries to extricate his friend from some unique yet believable predicaments.

While so much is going on (no plot spoilers here--don’t want to ruin the fun), Cardoza’s take on the visitors to the Strip won’t fail to make you double over with laughter. Anyone who’s ever been to Vegas will recognize the gluttons who are determined to get their money’s worth at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and the elderly couples with their oxygen tanks and wheelchairs mindlessly plunking their pennies into the slot machines when not seeming to be intentionally blocking every aisle you try to pass through.

"Lost in Las Vegas" also offers a modern twist on the classic illustrated novel (think "Treasure Island" or "Through the Looking Glass") with exquisitely rendered black-and-white caricatures interspersed throughout the text, offering us the author’s and the artist’s visions of some of the novel’s characters and scenes.

But what takes this novel to a level not usually seen in a comedy is that we get to meet the denizens of what may be the "true" Las Vegas--not just the hucksters and the card sharps, but the staff at a locals’ diner, the panhandlers, the clerk at the convenience store, the cabbies, the elderly cancer survivor who refuses to give up on life, the gambling addicts who mindlessly while their days and nights away in the casinos, beyond the point of even caring if their blackjack hand wins or loses. We get to see how life in a city like Vegas isn’t always about the headliners at Caesars Palace or a replica of the Eiffel Tower. We learn that it’s not necessarily the people whose job it is to make sure we tourists have a good time who are the ones who take that extra step to help out another human being in need. Instead, it’s those who one might never think of as the "good guys," people we might avert our eyes from so as not to take away from the image the city wants to project--the image we rely upon--who actually give us something to believe in.      Amazon review link"
ChainedMelody (Rockville, MD), Amazon Review
"Captivating Laugh Fest,October 21, 2011

Be prepared to lose yourself in Lost in Las Vegas. The story grabs you from the very beginning and takes you from misadventure to misadventure. The delightfully written descriptions, zany characters and plot twists will keep you engrossed and laughing from beginning to end. Keep some tissues nearby -- you will laugh so hard that tears will roll. If you need a good laugh, read this book!        Amazon reference link"
Jo Ann Comito, Amazon Review
"I completely lost track of time while reading the engrossing and super funny "Lost in Las Vegas." I was delighted by tears-rolling-down-my-cheeks laughter at the vividly written misadventures of John and Ludo as they try to find their way out of a Kafkaesque Las Vegas. The restaurant scene with John and ZZ and the phone booth scene were especially funny. A must read for everyone who enjoys a good laugh."
Jo Ann, Miller Place, NY
"Great Read!, October 14, 2011

I loved this book. It’s a laugh out-loud story of 2 of the unluckiest guys you’d never want to hang around with. From the moment the book starts, John and Ludo (our unfortunate protagonists) find themselves with a run of unimaginably bad luck....and it only gets worse from there. I highly recommend "Lost in Las Vegas" by Avery Cardoza for a read you’ll find yourself telling all your friends about. Lost in Las Vegas        Amazon Review link"
Mary e. wohlers, Amazon Review
"Best Vegas book in a generation!, October 26, 2011

This is one of those amazing works of fiction that moves so well, and creates characters and plots so memorable, that you can’t wait for the author’s next book. I understand that this is Cardoza’s first novel, which makes it even more incredible. Where has he been hiding? In Las Vegas, I guess, because the knowledge and background necessary to create this novel can’t possibly come from a few brief visits. Bravo, Mr. Cardoza!

The pacing, action, and protagonists cry out for this book to be made into a movie! Hollywood, where are you? Grab this one fast!     Amazon review link"
TravelPro, Amazon Review