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Strays of Rio [Kindle Edition]

Edith Parzefall
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Book Description

Lisa Kerry witnesses a private death squad attack street kids close to her bookstore. When the police take no action, she vows to purge Rio of the ruthless killers. To keep him out of the line of fire, she must quell her affection for the one man cut out to exorcise the demons of her past. Drawing strength and rage from the abuse she suffered as a young girl in a juvenile detention center, Lisa closes in on her marks.

Unable to get to the rich and powerful leader of the recreational killers, she enlists the older brother of one of her street urchin friends—a drug lord. Lisa's pursuit of justice spirals into a violent struggle to survive, for herself, her young charges, and the man she loves.

Editorial Reviews


Strays of Rio won Global Ebook Bronze Award:

"You can tell this author did her research. The depiction of the plight of the street children in Brazil, how race plays a role, corrupt officials, drug lords are woven into a well layed out plot. Care is taken to give all the characters a two dimensional personality. From the protectiveness of the drug lord for his little brother, the care the street children have for one another, to the new Captain determined to clean up corruption in the police dept and the drug trade. A real page turner and thoroughly enjoyable read." - Global Ebook Awards Judge

About the Author

Edith Parzefall studied literature and linguistics in Germany and the United States. After graduating with a PhD, she worked as an editor, technical writer, team leader and project manager. Now a full-time writer, she strives to combine her two passions: writing and traveling.

She supports a street kids project in Recife, Brazil, and visited Grupo Ruas e Pracas, where she took part in a music and crafts workshop with the children. During her stay in Rio de Janeiro, the idea for Strays of Rio was born.

Product Details

  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (September 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009E52EAQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-stopping adventurous glide over Rio. September 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great story. I think a man would enjoy this just as much as a woman. The down-to-earth writing style of this novel makes reading a pleasure. No stopping to work out what something means--just let the story whisk you away to Rio de Janeiro.

More or less at peace with her life, Lisa Kerry runs a bookshop. When a group of street kids slip into an old workshop at the back of her bookstore, their plight forces her to take a fresh look. Locals don't want the strays around their properties and killers take pot-shots at them for sport. Amongst the tourists, a rugged American wanders into the shop. She agrees to guide Tony around the city and takes him to the top of Sugar Loaf for a spectacular view.

Memories of past abuse rise to haunt her while she battles her attraction to Tony. When the corrupt police show no interest in preventing the death of the street kids, Lisa takes up arms to protect the youngsters. She faces a choice: stop the killers at gun point or let the annoyingly determined American heal her troubled mind.

This adventure carried me through the beauty and degradation of Rio de Janeiro in a wild ride akin to Lisa's jump off the cliff with Tony to paraglide in the uplift beneath the stretched arms of the Christo Redentor statue.
The ending is fantastic. My chest is still tight from tension.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarred, Scared, Stalked. A Social Statement. September 20, 2012
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Strays of Rio is an action packed thriller in which homeless children are targets of a private death squad, and their protector is at risk from an unknown stalker.

Scarred by her own abusive childhood, bookstore owner Lisa Kerry shelters a group of homeless children in fashionable Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, from the private death squad hunting them down. Acting on her vow to protect the street urchins and rid the city of the killers, Lisa is drawn into the terrifying world of drug lords and corrupt officialdom, and she takes us with her.

Lisa is a tortured young woman who resembles Lisbet Salandar, but with a softer side. She finds her purpose in life, but the purpose could destroy her body and soul at the very moment she is discovering love for the first time, awakened in her by a handsome, persistent American. Her determination to avenge the street kids threatens to compromise her integrity and her chance for happiness.

As we ride through the streets of Rio, frozen in fear with Lisa, the author, Edith Parzefall, makes us question our own values. Faced with the terrifying plight of street urchins, how far would we go for a principle? Would we turn a blind eye or, like Lisa, become vigilantes risking our own morals and safety and those of the one man who loves us, in our quest for retribution? With moments of incredible warmth as well as edge-of-the-seat horror, Strays of Rio is a novel of striking contrasts: wealth and poverty; the powerful and powerless; the honest and corrupt; hunter and hunted, but what is most shocking is that these opposing forces can be switched on and off in the same person, good or bad. This is a violent book right from the beginning and it is unnervingly real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Author to Watch. Strays of Rio is Exceptional October 25, 2012
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Strays of Rio is one of the best written suspense novels I've picked up in a long time. It flows seamlessly, the pace is excellent and I can't get the characters out of my head. The realism is frightening, the love shown for others as wonderful as the horror of those who kill and torture so easily is gut wrenchingly factual.
The author throws wide open the curtain to show the darkest parts of humanity without a single misstep into lecture or spelling out things the reader gets by the tight dialogue and heart pounding action. Every line, every word pushes the plot forward so the reader follows along while flipping pages frantically to see what happens.
The evil side of those who prey on children forced to live on their own, in poverty and neglect in such a corrupt society, is shown with such realistic setting you can't help but hate this world, but then the good shines through taking the story to the level of an unforgettable romance that has a genuine heroine who gets the job done the best she can without hesitation, making Lisa stand out as a character I find tops the list of one of the best female characters I've read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read.. Gritty Gutsy Edge of Seat Thriller. September 20, 2012
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Strays of Rio is a FIVE STAR `must read' thriller.

From the first page the tension begins to wind up. The gritty, gutsy heroine Lisa Kerry has a dark past of her own. Now she offers a better future to a group of kids making their way through life on the streets of Rio. She isn't to know the offer draws each of the group into the sights of a deadly adversary.

Strays of Rio explores the line between right and wrong, with realistic emotions, experiences, drama. Without dwelling on the tragedy of life on the streets, Strays of Rio involves the reader in an uplifting look at how a simple act of charity can improve life. Living with choices though, takes determination. Caught in a war between drug lords and corrupt police, Lisa and her courageous collection of strays find survival calls for desperate measures.

Strays of Rio is tightly written. Edith Parzefall takes us to Rio, where we become immersed in the beauty and the danger of everyday life. The characters each bring to the intriguing plot their own problems, backgrounds and goals. Once the scene is set, Parzefall's novel accelerates to an edge of the seat ride.

My advice is to grab a copy now, set aside a few hours because once you enter the streets where the Strays of Rio takes place, you are not going to be able to put this one down. Don't expect to emerge unscathed, Strays of Rio will leave you thinking. The sign of a great story.

To be released on the International Day of Peace, it is fitting that Strays of Rio explores the characters' desperate attempts to provide themselves with a peaceful future.

Strays of Rio is set in a world we know exists but would rather forget as we go about our safe and secure lives. Edith Parzefall delivers a well researched story that is guaranteed to satisfy and impress.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifically written thriller will transport you to the mean streets...
Ms. Parzefall's book, Strays of Rio, is a riveting thriller and an unflinching portrait of life amongst the downtrodden in the streets of Rio. But it's not just a soap-box expose. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stuart R. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Story-Telling
Edith Parzefall does not disappoint with this gem of a book. I couldn't stop reading. She tied all the drama together with a magician's thread.
Published 9 months ago by Madeleine McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful thriller that stretches the genre in new directions
There are very few books I can't put down, but this was one of them. I found myself sneaking in chapters here and there throughout my day because it's so gripping. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough, touching but not touchy-feely
Lisa Kerry is the heroine in this novel. Having had her share of bad experiences in her childhood, she cares for a gang of homeless kids. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Geist
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a Eye-Popping Ride
I’m always looking to learn about new and exciting places I've never been. This is a fascinating story with characters I can't stop thinking about. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bill Brier
5.0 out of 5 stars One tough heroine
Edith Parzefall's Strays of Rio is a well-plotted and thoroughly engaging thriller featuring Lisa Kerry, a tough young woman who has been through the juvenile court system. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bob Sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars Very real setting makes a suspenseful thriller
In Strays of Rio, Edith Parzefall has created a suspenseful thriller, played out against the backdrop of the seamy side of Rio. Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by B. McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and compelling
At times I wanted to put the book down but could not. Well written and authentic about the seamier side of life. i would like read a sequel. Does the capitao continue? Read more
Published on December 31, 2012 by Sharon A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced thriller about a difficult subject
"Strays of Rio" is part thriller, part social commentary.

American expatriate Lisa Kerry owns a book store in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana district. Read more
Published on December 5, 2012 by Sharon E. Cathcart
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
Just finished and I have to say that it was a very good read.

Edith Parzefall transports the reader to Rio, a place known for its sun, beaches, and other touristy... Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by Red Lion Todd
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More About the Author

Edith Parzefall studied literature and linguistics in Germany and the United States. She worked as an editor, technical writer, team leader and project manager. Now a full-time writer, she strives to combine her two passions: writing and traveling.

She supports a street kids project in Recife, Brazil. When she visited Grupo Ruas e Pracas, she took part in a music and crafts workshop with the children. During her stay in Rio de Janeiro, STRAYS OF RIO, a social thriller set in this city of contrasts, took shape.

In 2008 she traveled through Chile, supposedly the safest country in South America. Stopped at a red light in their rented SUV, she and her partner were sandwiched between two trucks on the Pan-American highway. An unplanned excursion to the local hospital and the Carabineros de Chile allowed her insights she never meant to gain but wouldn't want to miss. A new story idea sparked: Crumple Zone.

Together with British author Francene Stanley, she wrote the Higher Ground series of four post-apocalyptic fantasy adventures. Since she enjoys hiking in the Alps, she came up with the Adventure Trek series, humorous action adventures with depth--and heights.

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