“Capital Games” by G.A. Hauser— Under the Radar But Not Out of Sight

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Hauser, G.A. “Capital Games”, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010.

 Under the Radar But Not Out of Sight

Amos Lassen

“I try to stay under his radar, and luckily have not been skewered by him”. This is a quote made by G.A. Hauser recently about me and I need it to challenge because she has never been under the radar and in fact has been reviewed by me several times. Actually she has received good reviews from me. Having seen the new film, “Capital Games” which is based on Hauser’s book of the same name prompted me to go back and look a the review I wrote back in 2010. The film was quite good and I wanted to see how close it stayed to the original. So many times we find ourselves saying that the movie was not as good as the book but that can go the other way as well as it did here.

In the book we meet two men, Mark Antonious Richfield and Steve Miller who are after the same job at a top Los Angeles advertising firm. They hate each from the moment they meet but of course that they are competing for the same job has a lot to do with that.

Steve quit his job with the police department to work in an office but had no idea how competition in advertising works. All is okay until the firm hired Steve, a British import who does not hide that he is driven to succeed. Mark Richfield is smooth and good-looking and soon is everyone’s pet causing Steve to become jealous. But then after a night of work in the desert outside of Santa Fe, the two men enjoy each other sexually. Steve naturally assumed that Mark is gay and is broken when he finds out that he is getting married. Mark’s life then takes a turn for the worst as the date for the wedding grows close and he realizes that his fiancée is demanding and he no longer loves her. Both men have to find a way to face themselves and each other.

It seems that we are to understand that Steve is ex-cop loaded with machismo. Mark, on the other hand, is to come across as sensitive. Unfortunately Steve comes across almost as nondescript and that could be because he is really not described. Mark is sensitive—is that because he is British? (I have known many Brits who can “give a damn”). His speech is not upper class British and is from a wealthy family but from the way he speaks it is impossible to know that.

 There is something missing in the narrative and I am not sure what but whatever it is, a good editor would have caught it.

This book just did not do it for me and that is surprising because Hauser is such a popular writer but then we all mistakes once in a while. I was not aware of character development and everything happened as expected. I am not saying that this is a bad book but I am saying that it is not a very good one.

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