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Published by No Exit Press, July 2015. ISBN: 978-1-84344-559-3
In Brownsville Mexico, we are introduced to Rudy and
the Wolfe family with a bang. There are two killings in the first pages and
this sets the scene for further carnage throughout the book.
The Wolfe family are notorious outlaws and learn of
the kidnapping of ten members of a wedding party which includes Jessie one of
It is a big society wedding complete with bodyguards
and these are overpowered, taken away and “disposed of”.
With the kidnappers driving the cars, the wedding
party members are taken away, divided into two groups, and put in separate
holding houses named Alpha and Beta.
The parents of the bride and groom are released with
instructions to pay a ransom of five million dollars within twenty four hours
for the release of the two parties. They are threatened not to inform the
police or everyone will be killed.
Back at the Belmont family house where the kidnapping
took place, a friend of Jessie's who was also at the wedding but not taken with
the main party, overhears the parents talking about the kidnapping and
discussing how they are going to get the money. She informs members of the
Wolfe family which includes Rudy. There follows a desperate attempt to find the
kidnappers quickly as the Wolfe family are pretty sure that as soon as the
money is paid all the hostages will be murdered.
Can they rescue them all before the deadline is
reached? Can El Galan the gang leader really be trusted to free the two
Once I became used to the unusual tense the book is
written in, I enjoyed it. It certainly is full of blood, gore and mayhem! The
race to find the hostages makes for really exciting reading and culminates in a
nail biting finale.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Carlos Blakeis the
author of twelve novels and numerous short stories. He is a member of the Texas
Institute of Letters and a recipient of the "Los Angeles Times" Book
Prize. He lives in Arizona.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.