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Enemy in Blue Paperback – May 28, 2011
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From the Author
Look for Derek's next thriller on May 1, 2012!
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 author successfully introduces very topical issues throughout the book to raise the consciousness of the reader. That in itself makes this book more than a work of fiction -- a fast summer read. The content makes one think of social issues pertinent to today's world. The author is brave to take several difficult topics and weave them into a first novel.
I agree with other reviews that claim that this novel could be made into a movie. I saw the movie in my head while reading it! If you like fast paced books that are not run of the mill, pick this one up. You won't regret it.
Well here we have one example of the supervisors of the greater good of the citizens going sort of against their ethic porpoise. And if you want the simpler, clearer version of my reaction to reading this novel I'll give it to you straight up and clear: it freaked the hell out of me in a major way!
I felt everything about the novel was well to greatly done, the writing, the weaving of the plot, the characters and their personalities, all great. The ending was gutsy and daring, in my opinion, sort of positive-ish maybe (haven't decided yet, lol) and open to sequels. I feel a sequel coming after this, totally, one because the story deserves it (hint, hint, hiiiint!), and two because this book has been received well - that generally spurs on the creative process of authors, I'd say.
My soft spot in reading, as in life I guess, is character. Man, the characters in this story blew me away! For one thing, there were several of them that I desired to personally shoot in the toe. Or in the pinky, I'd take either option if they were available, lol.Read more ›
The writing and twists are fine; the character backstories interesting, but superficial. The plot line has merit, but was born from the thriller-in-the-vacuum of reality hatchery. That's why you need to read it fast. Just like Steve Martin's movie "The Jerk" where you mumbled, "What a jerk," at his antics, I kept mumbling, "This is so stupid," with regard to some of the action. Example: the reporter, kidnapped, beaten, and face blistered from burns, is thrown into a car with the "good guys" for a long drive to Mexico to help fight the bad guys. This is so stupid. She wasn't capable of fighting anyone! She needed medical attention, but I guess the author needed to create a romance angle with the lawyer. And depending upon who was doing the driving in this story, different desperate drivers drove to the same spot in Mexico anywhere from 8 hours (police chief) to 4 days (the wives).
But even for thriller lovers, I don't understand all the 5 ratings. Four maybe. As I read to the end of the story and the unbelievable (not in a good sense) trial, I kept wondering if the author was ever going to bring back the seventh cop at the initial opening scene as a surprise gotcha witness. Sadly, another loose end.Read more ›
I so much wanted to read the last page as the story became more suspenseful and exciting! However, I'm glad I waited....The ending was mind blowing!!
Lucille RiveraEnemy in Blue
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of good action. Sad turn say there are some bad in many things. Greed seems to bring out the worse in some peoplePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
DB has written a police story that begins with the SWAT team shooting an unarmed man. The came man taped it all and substituted a blank tape. Then he tried to sell it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great reading held my interest all the way though. Don't like the way it ended so assume other book coming.Published 3 months ago by dee
Sorry, not that good. Weak character development and a lot of characters creates too much confusion.Published 4 months ago by Fred Garvin
A little light on character development, but otherwise pretty entertaining.Published 5 months ago by Michelle Bickman
This book is a teaser with no final ending. This was obviously written by someone who is motivated by sales rather than the love of writing. The author's explanation? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike in Pa