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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Scambait by Ryan R. Campbell is a well-written novel about one man’s preoccupation with scambaiting. Eric Amundsen is all about the mission, as he made a promise to Grandma Amundsen to keep what happened to her from happening to others. It’s ironic that his grandma was the first to tell him not to trust strangers on the street, yet the second she gets unsolicited phone calls from an alleged company or government representatives, she couldn’t say no. Eric has dedicated a huge chunk of his office hours posing as a potential victim to waste the time and resources of online scammers. He starts receiving a plethora of emails from his father who is already dead to him. His father is giving him instructions that run in the same vein as that pesky Nigerian prince that has flooded everyone’s spam folders. Although Eric is good at what he does, this case makes him careless, and he will find himself getting arrested for unauthorized access.
I took the opportunity to review this work, because I know I will be able to relate. I've had my share of emails from that Nigerian prince asking for my bank account details in exchange for a portion of that life-changing deposit. Considering its pursuit of the subject of scammers and the gullible creatures who fall prey to them, Scambait has a humorous and idiosyncratic tone in all the right places. Over the course of the chapter when Eric’s supposedly dead father appears on the scene, it begins to have a dark foreboding sense that goes well with Eric’s crusade against scammers. Ryan R. Campbell then pushes the button for what becomes intriguing and powerful material in the context of realistic fiction, and he has sure figured out a way to craft a novel that appeals to anyone who has ever received spam emails or messages from that Nigerian prince. Speaking of that prince, if he ever found out that this book exists, he would absolutely read it and, just like everyone else, would find it entertaining.