- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Rogue Books, LLC (May 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985549203
- ISBN-13: 978-0985549206
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,132,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author
Derek graduated from Duke University and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. His new novel, The Room, was just released and he is working on the sequel, The Church.
Visit his website at www.roguebookspublishing.com. Check out his blog on writing at derekblass.wordpress.com. Friend him on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter (@DerekBlass). You can also email him at email@example.com.
Why did you write this book?
Stories are often born from tragedy. Just look at all of the news inundating us on a daily basis. In my case, I came to Denver, Colorado in 2003. Pretty immediately, I got involved in the Denver Latino/a community by serving on Mayor John Hickenlooper's Denver Latino Commission. While on the Commission, we dealt with several cases involving allegations of police brutality. Just in the Latino/a community, Frank Lobato was shot and killed, Juan Vasquez was beaten to the point he suffered severe internal damages, and Michael DeHerrera was violently arrested for standing on the sidewalk. In the African-American community, Paul Childs was shot and killed by Denver police, and Marvin Booker was tazed while in custody in jail to the point that he died. These are the events that catalyzed me to write Enemy in Blue.
It should be understood that Enemy in Blue is not an indictment on all cops. There are certainly good cops. There's simply no room for ANY bad cops though. These people have the right to carry a deadly weapon and use it against us if they see fit. They have the authority to arrest us, thereby taking away our freedoms, based solely upon their discretion. So, they need to be held to a higher standard, and in many instances, they are behaving worse than normal citizens.
How did you come up with the title?
That's a fun question. There was one working title, that ended up not working by the time the book was done. Things change, A LOT, over the course of writing a book! Once it was apparent that a new title was necessary, I enlisted my wife and some of my readers to help me find a new title. Through countless brainstorming sessions, one of my readers came up with "Evil in Blue." I liked it, but not 100%. I was grabbing the mail one day, and "Enemy in Blue" just came to me. Funny how things happen!
How did you choose your genre?
Hard to explain, but I can see action in my head. Fight scenes. Car chases. Torture, kidnapping, etc. (Honestly, I'm not a violent guy in real life!) It was as natural to me to write thrillers with a heavy dose of action as it would be for Christopher Moore to write cheeky fiction.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I've written a lot since I was young, and started on many novels but never followed through to finish one. It's really a labor of love, and with a full-time job that I am committed to (attorney), it takes substantial discipline to keep writing. That being said, there is nothing more beautiful than writing a story, or more appropriately put, to having characters write a story for you. When I write, I'm just as surprised by their decisions as my readers. My characters drive my story and that is an amazing aspect of writing that everyone should try! If people are interested, I started a blog on writing a while back (www.derekblass.wordpress.com) that describes many of the fun, and tedious, nuances of writing.
With all the other thrillers out there, why buy Enemy in Blue?
It's a no nonsense book, full of action and entertainment. I wrote the book for my readers, not for myself. I promise you will be captivated by the action over the course of the book. At the same time, the book invites you to be introspective on issues of illegal immigration, police brutality, and political corruption. It's not just mind candy, but it's also not a book that will club you over the head with principles. From a purely cost/benefit analysis, both versions of the book are very competitively priced, and the Kindle version is less than a dang cup of coffee at Starbucks! I promise it will deliver more lasting enjoyment than that cup of joe!
Top Customer Reviews
The story draws a complex thread around the debate, intertwining the poignant story of El Santo with the abused drifter, Tyler, and the mafia boss, Tzompantli, whose rite of passage was the fire beard, a network of burn scars where his beard would have been.
The action escalates when the unlikely alliance hits the militia compound with nonstop fighting, tension and violence.
Hard hitting, Allegiance includes bad language, worse attitudes, and gruesome images. Be prepared to have your gut wrenched and your heart broken, as there are no winners in this relentless border war.
With writing reminiscent of John Grisham, Blass takes the reader through the world of illegal border crossing, torture, and fast paced action that will make you sit up and take notice. I found the development of Cruz's character particularly well done as he went from (trying not to give away the spoilers here) his life as he knew it, through extreme torture and then the person he came out the other side as, and where that brought him by the end of the book. Realistic, gritty, well done.
To the very end, "Allegiance" pulls you under, Blass' talent is obvious and I have no doubt that he'll be around a very, very long time.
For readers of John Grisham, this is SO your next fix!
The story begins with Cruz and his wife being tortured by an extremist group. The rest of the book is the story of how they "take down" the organization.
The first book was non-stop action. Allegiance seemed to have a bit more character development and details. In fact, I had to put the book down quite a few times and read something else before returning due to the dark and graphic nature of the story. It's a story about drugs, immigration issues and deceit. Quite a few of the incidences are unrealistic, but the issues that the story deals with are a very real issue in our country. It's a good book and definitely worth the read if you enjoy dark, detailed stories that tackle political and racial issues.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good ending. Some violence. Enjoyable. Bit long for my reading style. Wished I had read his first book. Will recommend to others.Published 4 months ago by Karen Teslia
Somewhat disappointing after reading Book 1 of this series - "Enemy in Blue".Published 17 months ago by Labrahound
I absolutely love this series! Each book is more of a page Turner than the last! I highly suggest this book for anyone who is a fan of edge of your seat action.Published 18 months ago by Andy
I can't wait for the next book. There has got to be more from Cruz and Sandra. And Martinez, of course.Published 20 months ago by Gloria
Difficult to follow...characters popping up here and there and not always clear how there were related. Got about half way through and quit. It was too much work to follow.Published 22 months ago by Tigger
I enjoyed the previous two novels in the trilogy, so naturally I took a liking to the third book, dealing with issues like immigration.Published 22 months ago by Jeremy Michael Gallen
It went back and forth a lot, I found I was getting the characters mixed up. And it was a little too gruesome and depressing for me.Published 22 months ago by Shelley Eleson