Crime Thriller

Cash Money – D. Ray Thomas

27 July 2018
Cash Money Book Cover Cash Money
Take It Back
D. Ray Thomas
Crime Thriller
Self Publishing

If you long to see the underprivileged in our society finally win out against the 1%, read Cash Money. It is the second book in the Take It Back series starring Douglas Gage; a man who is equal parts Robin Hood and vigilante, with just the right amount of sarcastic humor dropped in. Cash Money is full of riveting action sequences, on the edge of your seat suspense, world-class humor, unexpected thrills, and mysterious intrigue. In Cash Money, a group of corrupt county commissioners use eminent domain to wrestle land away from an innocent family under false circumstances. Gage takes a linebacker's approach to the case, putting his shoulder down and crashing ahead until he knocks the bad guys on their collective ass. But the criminals quickly get back up and turn the tables on Gage, and he finds himself literally staring down the barrel of a shotgun. The question becomes not if Gage can get the family satisfaction, but if he can even live to see another day.


Douglas Gage is back in this second book in D. Ray Thomas’ novella series – Take It Back. There is something enticing about these short stories. While I had planned to read this second book after a few others, I couldn’t get Gage out of my mind so I had to change plans and get my fix of Gage. I wanted the witty dialogue and the precarious encounters he has with his adversaries. Gage is like the Rock’s ugly brother, with a couldn’t care less attitude mirrored with his exterior appearance.

Since the first book, Gage’s friends are aware of his unique mission and one asks him to meet a couple that has been swindled out of their land by the county government under the guise of community benefit. However, they’ve reverted their intention and approved a casino in its place. The county commissioners have other ambitions in getting rich quickly, regardless of the innocent lives they ruin.

The prologue is great but there is little action in the story until we’re back at that point again. The action sequences are one of Ray Thomas’ strong points and it’s very easy to visualise almost cinematically how it is played out. It’s a pity only the one action scene occurred.

Overall, I felt this story lacked a bit more depth to the plot and the dialogues between Gage and the government fraudsters. While it’s a short story, there were too many jumps of acceptance required for it to flow properly. Such a shame as I love the Gage character and the concept of the series. I didn’t like this book as much as the first but I would still recommend reading it. I’m inclined to give this 3.5 stars.

I would like to thank Ray Thomas for providing me with a free copy of this book, in return for an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley

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