Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
Winning Numbers: An Introduction to the Riley Family is an action-packed yarn about a tightly knit family of savants bent on a unique plot to obtain the money they need to fund their philanthropic deeds. Set in locations all over the world, Randall Jarmon's fast-paced tale shows that thrillers about geriatrics can be captivating and immersive, and can teach a moral lesson or two as well.
I loved how Jarmon crafted each character, villain and protagonist alike. No amount of detail was left out to fully create multifaceted and complex characters that are each a product of their own distinct experiences. With these characters, Jarmon manages to vividly portray enjoyable interactions and witty dialogue that are all a welcome break from the swift and brutal action scenes packed into the novel. The flashbacks and exposition that serve to flesh out each character are very well-written and contribute significantly to the overall arc of the novel.
Technology plays an integral part in making the reader believe the novel's central premise. Through the detailed action scenes and the twists and turns along the way, the core of this thriller isn't about guns or death, but about relationships and how they can make an individual better than they currently are, and help them realize their true potential. Winning Numbers: An Introduction to the Riley Family is a good stepping stone to the future adventures of this eccentric, brilliant, and fascinating clan, and gives readers a promising look at what Randall Jarmon has in store in the future.