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Friday, October 25, 2019

BLOG TOUR & Review: The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg @blackthorntours @fahrenheitpress @LeeMatthewG

The Desire Card 
by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Publish Date: February 21, 2019
Kindle Edition
311 Pages
Genre: Thriller

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That's the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients - but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine. Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he'd ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what's right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn't always enough to get everything he desires.

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at

 My Review:

What a very interesting read!  Imaging gorging yourself on alcohol, pills and sometimes women (who aren't your wife - oh the typical life of a high level exec or a man who has a lot of money and feels entitled...)... but your bad habits catch up with you, you get let go from your job and part of your severance is a card that also acts like a phone and is called 'The Desire Card'.  Not only is your work life kaput, your home life is beyond terrible and now you've found out you are going to die soon (all because of your own doing).  So what do you do? Why, use the card of course!

Oh poor, poor, rich Harrison.  How terrible your life has become and how thankful it is that you have enough money to potentially do something about it.  Oh his character is completely deplorable but I was riveted throughout the pages to see if he was ever going to veer in the right direction.  I was equally fascinated with The Desire Card and how any desire could be fulfilled... as long as you can pay the price.  The rich get richer, the poor are used and just wow.  It's a fine showing of the different classes and what people may go through. 

The detailed somber tone of the his trip to Mumbai was superbly written by the author.  Very harrowing. Very sad but the visuals the writing gave certainly made me FEEL. Uff.  And the subject matter the author touches on for the reasoning of the trip, is all too real of thing that happens.  It's terrifying and unfortunately a part of life that happens.  You'll have to read this to know what I'm talking about.  

In any matter - I really did like seeing Harrison's character go through everything that he did.  How his wife reacted towards him.  And honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed how it ended because I was going to be mad if it went in the direction I thought it was at first. Definitely would recommend this read.


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