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Reviewed by Richard Allan Jones for Readers' Favorite
Lucky or Not, Here I Come covers eighty years in the life of John Wilson, the luckiest man in the world, as told by his sister, Jenny Will. This book is truly a saga and almost unbelievable that it was written by Gerry Orz, a fifteen-year-old writer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. The story and scenes displayed knowledge of business, boardrooms, emotions, and relationships far beyond the author's actual age. At first, I was bothered by the leaps in time, but if Gerry hadn't done that, Lucky or Not, Here I Come would be 900 pages long. Is it likely that one man could survive so many tragedies -- plane, boat, train, car crashes -- and be the sole survivor? Yes. Smashed by a falling tree, win a multi-million dollar lottery, find love twice, and live in Hawaii…maybe. Having people blame John as the cause of all these accidents, not so much.
The action scenes are very well done in this novel, as are the character and location descriptions. The rest of the scenes are like a soap opera, a slice of life, ordinary happenings, somewhat interesting. The one constant, besides John, through the book was “the business.” In the last part of the book, the business included an entrepreneurial incubator and the recovery and re-purposing of a Los Angeles landmark. The ending tied up all the story lines neatly and even set up a sequel with John’s son, Eric, prepared to take over the reins. I don’t know if this is Gerry’s first novel or not, but there were many things I liked about this story and his writing shows a lot of promise.