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Border Crossings: A Catherine James Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Michael L. Weems
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Caution: Book contains adult content including violence and language on par with a cartel crime thriller. Reader discretion advised.

Two worlds collide when the corruption and crime from one of Mexico's most violent cartels spreads over the border. Taylor Woodall, a sophomore at the University of Texas, has been kidnapped in Cancun while on spring break. Private investigator Catherine James is on the case, but when the evidence begins pointing to a violent drug gang and the cartel puts out a hit on our heroine, she turns to the only man she knows she can trust . . . her former flame Matt, a war veteran with whom Catherine shares a complicated past.

Meanwhile, Yesenia Flores is a young, adventurous woman from Mexico who seeks a better life across the border. But no sooner does she set out on her trek than she becomes entangled in a web of violence and crime. Escaping the cartel's clutches but a witness to a murder, Yesenia is running for her life.

North and South, their stories run parallel until their dramatic collision and conclusion.

Also available from this author: The Ghosts of Varner Creek

Editorial Reviews


"Couldn't put it down!!  Timely and terrifically exciting."  -Patricia C. Doerner, rancher, professor, historian, and co-author of The Judge . . . the critically acclaimed biography of William P. Clark which earned accolades from former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

"Nail biting - exhilarating - intense - adventurous - sincere - wow! what a ride!!" -Liane at Yada Yada Books blogspot

"A tightly scripted thriller with an unusually well-developed main character."  -Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

Recommended 18+ for violence and language.

Product Details

  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!! January 18, 2012
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Bought this at the "special price" of .99 and cannot imagine that it has not been handled by a publishing company. It is timely and terrifically exciting, with alternate scenarios vying with each other for first-place interest. There are a few errors (grammar, etc.) that an editor would have caught, but this ex-English prof. found them almost inconsequential. More Weems, please!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a part two??? January 1, 2012
By S
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first chapter, I could not put it down and read it all the way to the end in one day. It has a sort of 'Crash' feel to it but yet it is not quite that. It's a lot more! The writing is excellent and character development is very well done (in my opinion). Descriptions are vivid and I was immersed in the characters' feelings, fears, joys etc. Quite a ride from start to end! That's all I will say since I don't want to spoil it for others who have not read it. Highly recommended!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good job.... March 21, 2012
By Aldown
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Michael Weems does a good job of writing an action-packed, can't -put-it-down thriller with characters with believable motives linked to slightly unbelievable actions.

Weems weaves together several plots about Mexican cartels and their murderous effects on a number of characters.

Caught some proof reading/ editorial errors, but I thought that as a "free" book this was well above the norm.

As a reader I became caught up in the protagonists desire for revenge, but I thought there were way too many dead bodies to make the narrative a completely believable story about a tourist kidnapped, tortured, and raped by members o f a Mexican cartel, and the ensuing consequences. Side-stories include a love-interest between the two heroes (of course) but also an interesting look at the border sex trade and the fate of the prostitutes involved.

Although I gave this novel only three stars because of plot and editorial flaws, I admit it compelled me to "read the whole story" because I wanted to find out what happened, in a twenty-four hour period.

All in all, a good read. I was impressed by the ability of Weems to tell a story well, and happy to get this as a freebie.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOSH ! March 17, 2012
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I am only half way through this book. I shouldn't be here typing, I should be reading. This book is excellent. You can read the other posts for their input but you must read this one. The characters, the story, everyting is riveting. I LOVE IT. I don't want to finish it since then it will be over. I want this read to keep going and going. I'm telling everyone about it !

The grandkids left after being here three days and I just finished this book. The second half was better than the first half, which is hard to believe, since the first half was excellent.

I hope there will be more to come with Catherine and Matt. In any case, I read Ghosts of Varner Creek and now Border Crossing and I will absolutely read anything and everything Mr. Weems pens. He is brillant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a pretty good novel. July 15, 2012
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This is obviously a self-published, self-printed, self-edited book. But it is not bad. Physically, the book is excellent. I took one star away because the editing should have been done more professionally. Not just the misspellings which were irritants more than anything else, but some grammar flaws and some similes and metaphors that went on and on. The first couple of chapters are full of annoying similes that really detract from the story. A professional editor would have toned that down. Also the software that was used to print my copy of the book was terrible. It never right justified, left words dangling into a new sentence, and the sentences were jagged...which does affect the eyes when speed reading like I do. And rebar is not ribar! And using "to try anything" is very poor grammar. Always it should be "to try something."

That said, this book read very fast. Basically two story lines that eventually intersect somewhat. I never felt I knew the James character well enough. What was, consultant, PI...? All were mentioned. Why was she so knowledgeable about guns? Her partner's character was much better developed. The prostitutes and the madam were well-sketched. Unfortunately, the first girl killed in this novel was just ignored throughout the book. I wonder why?

I do recommend this book and I am about to order another by Mr Weems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action July 21, 2012
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Mexican drug cartels and prostitute rings are not my favorite subjects. But I do like to mix up my genres and try new authors. Once I got through the college kids gone wild scene in the beginning, I found the rest of the book to be rather well crafted, with some wonderful, intensely written scenes. I would read more by this author, as I see great promise in his style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! March 7, 2012
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Michael Weems is sure to get bombarded with requests for more books! After reading "The Ghosts of Varner Creek", I knew I was going to read "Border Crossings" and was blown away once again. This author has a true gift for bringing his characters to life. He gives each of his characters personality and depth effortlessly. The plot is very engaging, exciting, and real. Many of us know about the cartels in Mexico but through his descriptions, Michael Weems lets us "see" these cartels and the horror they havoc not only in Mexico but in the US as well. The female protagonist was fantastic and I was completely on her side when she decided to "fight fire with fire".
I can't believe a publishing house didn't snatch this book up. It's their loss! Highly, highly recommend!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Techical problems precluded my reading this book...
Couldn't even begin to read it... formatting was terrible! Locked into a tiny typeface and into a sans serif typeface—I believe it was futura bold which is always difficult to read... Read more
Published 2 days ago by K. O'Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Like two books in one
There are two interesting stories going on in this book. The writer balances the transition from one to the other very well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by carsusie2
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading
I really enjoyed this book. there were so many characters in this story and their stories all intertwined to make a very good read.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Current situations!!!!
Something for all women especially to think about! Tragic situations for these people. Story kept you wanting to turn those pages!!!
Published 1 month ago by Husky
5.0 out of 5 stars intriging and current
great book - characters well defined, needs a follow up on lives afterwards. especially the agents who looked for the girls and their department.
Published 1 month ago by D. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I enjoyed this book for it's believable story,excellently written and edited by the way (except the epilogue). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carrie James-Svensson
4.0 out of 5 stars one to read
two stories intertwined culminating in an anticlimax ending. i recommend a story for both genders. looking forward to future stories.
Published 1 month ago by Henry P Zysek
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it
This review isn't worth much since I didn't read very far. I was bored by the set-up and the leaps from point to point with little or no connection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Retired Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi Jurisidictional Thriller *****
This story begins with a bilateral plots. The first is about desperate people from Mexico who pay Coyotes to get then across the Rio Grande and desert into the United States of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by marilyn sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I'm not a big reader but this book had me sucked in I didn't want to put it down I do wish it said more about Yesenia and her part of the story
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Heredia
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Michael Weems is a practicing attorney in Houston, Texas. He is currently a "hobby" author with two novels to date.

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