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Escape from Venezuela’s Deadliest Prison

by Natalie Welsh (Author), Shaun Attwood (Editor)

After getting arrested at a Venezuelan airport with a suitcase of cocaine, Natalie was clueless about the danger she was facing. Sentenced to 10 years, she arrived at a prison with armed men on the roof, whom she mistakenly believed were the guards, only to find out they were homicidal gang members.
Immediately, she was plunged into a world of unimaginable horror and escalating violence, where murder, rape and gang warfare were carried out with the complicity of corrupt guards. Male prisoners often entered the females’ housing area, bringing gunfire with them and leaving corpses behind.
After 4.5 years, Natalie risked everything to escape and flee through Colombia, with the help of a guard who had fallen deeply in love with her.

Quite the true story! A quick read keeping you wanting to read more!

 

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In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless Book 1)

by Dean Koontz

A bloodthirsty sheriff is terrorizing a small Texas town where justice has been buried with his victims. Until Nameless arrives—a vigilante whose past is a mystery and whose future is written in blood.

Anyone who crosses Sheriff Russell Soakes is dead, missing, or warned. One of them is a single mother trying to protect her children but bracing herself for the worst. Nameless fears the outcome. He’s seen it in his visions. Now it’s time to teach the depraved Soakes a lesson in fear. But in turning predators into prey, will Nameless unearth a few secrets of his own?

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes In the Heart of the Fire, part of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

Good  read. About an hour or so quick read.

 

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Becoming a Man in Thailand

by C. J. Fawcett

Nathan Foster was a coward. Kicked out of Marine boot camp and afraid to face his high-ranking Marine father, he stole his father's frequent flyer miles to run away to Thailand until he could figure out what to do with his wreck of a life.

Socially inept, Nathan quickly gravitated to the bars where, for once in his life, women seemed to like him. And at 19 years old, he liked them right back.

Between bargirls to university girls interested in farangs, Nate is able to forget his failures back in the States. With expats from around the world, he finds an interesting mix of men trying to find a new life.

But has he really changed? When he's faced with a dangerous situation with someone in the Russian mafia, would he simply run away again, or could he actually take a stand for the first time in his life and become a man?

About C. J. Fawcett

Not too much to say about me. I'm ex-Army, ex-Marine, ex-married, now living my retirement in Thailand.

I'm a whale reader, constantly in a book, and I wanted to see if I could write a novel. They say write what you know, so I wrote BECOMING A MAN IN THAILAND. The book contains some nightlife scenes, and the Thai government doesn't always take kindly to that, so to protect my retirement visa, I chose a pen name.

I'm also a beta reader for several other authors, and that opened up the chance for me to write with Michael Anderle and Jonathon Brazee in THE BOHICA CHRONICLES.

Fun read...progresses nicely...so many memories! A quick read.

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Spilled Milk: Based on a True Story

K. L. Randis (Author, Narrator)

Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home.

When social services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit of safety and justice, Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.

When jury members and a love interest congregate to inspire her to fight, she risks losing the support of family and comes to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved.

Spilled Milk is a novel of shocking narrative, triumph, and resiliency.

Excellent writing of a brutal and tragic story! Well written!

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The Dove

by Michael R. Davidson (Author)

It’s 1987, and Harry Connolly is in Paris when he is ordered to Moscow. His mission is to contact a KGB officer who has offered information with devastating significance for the security of America and her allies. What he finds may well be the key to ending the Cold War.

Good read!

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Retribution: Caliphate Book 2

by Michael R. Davidson (Author)

Six hundred years is a long time to harbor a grudge.

RETRIBUTION is a thriller about nuclear blackmail with its origins in a dark period of Spanish history. A secret Islamist cult has acquired a nuclear weapon and with the assistance of a ruthless Iranian intelligence officer threatens to destroy a city and shake the foundations of Western Civilization. A CIA officer and a resourceful Spanish cop must now risk their lives and careers to prevent disaster.

Good read! An action filled story!!

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Thieves Hamlet: A Novel of Hong Kong

by Dean Barrett

Thieves Hamlet, the sequel to Hangman’s Point, is set in Hong Kong in late 1857 less than a year after the closing of Hangman’s Point. As in Hangman’s Point, although a few chapters are set in southern China, and a brief opening in Peking, most of the novel takes place in British-ruled Hong Kong.

Thieves Hamlet will once again involve Andrew Adams and his girlfriend, Anne Sutherland, and his friends at the Beehive Tavern. There will be other characters who first appeared in Hangman’s Point including Charles May, Police Commissioner; Ian McKenna, the Bee Hive tavern concertina player; Duck Foot, the leader of a rebel band in southern China; Yuen Wai-Man, Triad leader and friend of Adams; Peter Robinson, aging seaman and friend of Adams; Sir John Bowring, fourth governor of Hong Kong; William Bridges, solicitor, and, Mathew Drinker, harpooner. As with Hangman’s Point, various subplots will affect and reflect upon one another as well as link to the principal plots.

There are three intertwined plots in Thieves Hamlet. The first is the gruesome realization by Police Commissioner Charles May that someone is systematically killing British prostitutes in Hong Kong. He has on his hands what we would in modern times call a serial killer. The serial killer paints romantic poetry and beautiful ships in full sail on the whalebone stays (busks) that he gives to his victims shortly before he kills them. Commissioner of Police May is trying to track him down while not alarming the community. Adams’s own girlfriend will be abducted by the killer and placed in great danger.

The second is the discovery of a plot by an Englishman and his Chinese workers to tunnel under the Union Chapel to kill the Hong Kong-based cousin of the rebellious Taiping leader in Nanjing. They will partly use the existing drainage system. This plot is based on various bank robberies and one jail escape successfully carried out through drains in the early 1860’s. The Chinese cousin is a student of and assistant to Rev. James Legge (as he actually was in history).

The third plot involves a woman purporting to be escaping the wrath of Manchu government assassins sent from the Forbidden City. She is a Chinese who killed a vicious but high-ranking Manchu (she says) and had to flee to Hong Kong. Adams will become romantically involved with the woman while remaining in his prickly relationship with his girlfriend. But the woman is actually a former inhabitant of the Forbidden City who has escaped with the real child of the Hsien Feng Emperor; a girl who was destined to be killed and has been replaced by a male-child. Her cover story is false but that is because she is trying to protect the baby. (Chinese speculated during this period about exactly this kind of substitution.)

Adams will get involved in all this because of the actions of a hapless Chinese thief who steals slippers of bound feet women for his sexual pleasure. When the thief stumbles upon bodies, he flees in panic but is caught by the police who suspect him of being the murderer.

Adams is still living over the Chinese medicine shop in the notorious area known as Thieves Hamlet. Adams’s landlord is Dr. Chang who is also the brother-in-law of the thief. Against his will and at his wife’s urging, Chang finds it necessary to enlist the aid of Adams. Adams is several months late with the rent and when his landlord is willing to forego payment for many months if Adams can clear his brother-in-law, a hard-up Adams has no choice but to try to help. This decision will involve him in far greater danger than he realizes.

Excellent! So much of the story resonated with me from my years in Hong Kong!

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Krystal: A Krystal Murphy Mystery (Krystal Murphy Mysteries Book 1)

by Michael R. Davidson

A controversial Miami judge is murdered in a Washington hotel room. Homicide detective Krystal Murphy identifies an ideal suspect, a person with motive and opportunity. Following the suspect’s trail to Miami, she is confronted by an unspeakable tragedy. Convinced her initial instincts were wrong, she teams with a Miami detective. When more people associated with the case begin turning up dead, Krystal finds herself in a race against time before she herself becomes the next victim of an increasingly desperate killer.

Great read! The story moves along with a few twist and turns.

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Pablo Escobar's Story 3: Narcos Fall

“Finally, the definitive book about Escobar, original and up-to-date” – UNILAD
Pablo Escobar was a mama’s boy who cherished his family and sang in the shower, yet he bombed a passenger plane and formed a death squad that used genital electrocution.
Most Escobar biographies only provide a few pieces of the puzzle, but this action-packed 1000-page book reveals everything about the king of cocaine.
Mostly translated from Spanish, Part 3 contains stories untold in the English-speaking world, including:
The terrifying details of how Pablo slaughtered some of his friends.
The Cali Cartel’s attempt to drop a bomb on Pablo’s prison.
His final dark desperate days with his family.
Who really hunted him and how he died.

Kindle edition available for FREE on Amazon!

Excellent! Really exposes the tragic events in Columbia!! Murders, tortures, people going missing...absolutely terrible!!! I am eagerly awaiting book 4 in this series!!!

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