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Border Crossings: A Catherine James Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Michael L. Weems
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)

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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

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"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

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Recommended 18+ for violence and language.

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  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RPASJK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free 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
By PAT
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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 and...do anything" is very poor grammar. Always it should be "to try to...do 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 she...lawyer, 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful November 21, 2012
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I enjoyed the beginning of the book a lot. After that, it was all downhill. An American girl on spring break is kidnapped in Mexico. The Mexican police seem less inclined to find out what happened and who was responsible, so the parents ask a lawyer friend of theirs, Katherine, who has friends in high places in Mexico, to help them find the truth. Things get difficult, so Katherine calls in an old boyfriend who is in special ops, or special forces, or something similar,to leave the jungles of South America to come to help her. From there on foward, the story devolves into torturing and killing the bad guys, with great justifications for doing so. This story has no subtlety, no cleverness, no detecting, and no point except that taking justice into your own violent hands is terrific, especially if those you are torturing and killing are from across the border. If you like pages describing torture, killing, and gun fights, this is a book for you. If you like some depth and finesse, I'd skip it. Having visited Mexico a number of times, I was offended by the denigration of the Mexican police with no recognition of where cartels get their weapons in the first place. The book presents an entirely superficial picture of very real, and serious issues. It's a good story line ruined by endless blood and guts..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the book
Full of mystery and plots. Not a read for the faint of heart so will not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm recommending it!
Published 1 day ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the haters...
I have to say OMG! Both for an amazing book and for the people who wrote negative reviews. I know we all have different opinions but OMG! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book
From spring break tragedy to illegal immigrants crossing the border, this book weaves a story about girls who believe they're going North to jobs and housing only to find they have... Read more
Published 7 days ago by R. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Border Crossings Review
More a treatise on the evils of human trafficking than a mystery. It is still a good tale and the mystery is wound around the brutal facts. Read more
Published 7 days ago by jbshorses
5.0 out of 5 stars Book was amazing
If you are looking for a book that just won't let you put it down then you have found it. The characters are capturing your attention from the first page to the last. Read more
Published 8 days ago by soniaisbad
4.0 out of 5 stars The author showed a good ability to develop characters that I cared...
I found this book to be a tightly-scripted suspenseful thriller. It was at times a bit difficult to read as it vividly shows the underbelly of life and some horrific details of... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this so much because there's so much truth that happens at the border.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and Relevant
This thriller is about human trafficking, cartels, drugs, prostitution, and the porous US border. There's lots of characters doing evil, but there's lots of characters doing good... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars thrills and spills
It didn't take long to get wrapped up in this book. From the start it was full of adventure, alas mostly based on truth. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. Seema M. Alwi
4.0 out of 5 stars Border Issues Galore
well written story that winds together the many issues related to the interplay across the Mexican borders. Read more
Published 12 days ago by ozlawyer
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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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