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The Devil's Highway [Kindle Edition]

R.Scott Douglas
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A coded treasure map.

Outlaw bikers.

Drug smugglers.

The legendary Chupacabra.

The deadliest road in America.

These are the obstacles faced by Bobby Black and Frank Shuster on The Devil's Highway. The newfound friends have decoded an antique treasure map that will lead them to the fabled golden city of Cibola. Their trip won't be easy, though. The map doesn't disclose the exact location of the city.

It only identifies two points that will offer more clues as to the whereabouts of the gold. The problem is these points are located along The El Camino Del Diablo, commonly called the Devil's Highway, a remote desert road favored by drug smugglers and human traffickers. It's so deadly, all who travel it must sign a Hold Harmless agreement freeing the U.S. government from any claim due to injury or loss of life.

There's something else you need to know: Bobby and Frank are lying to each other to each other. They both have their own reasons for finding the gold.

The road to the treasure will be marked by the natural dangers of this mysterious area, betrayal, unexpected alliances and encounters with the blood-sucking beast of the desert — the Chupacabra.

Excert of review from the Thrillreads blog:

"If you enjoy the thrill of surprise, The Devil's Highway might just be the book for you. One thing I have to say about this novel is: it was full of surprises. When I picked it up, I half expected another buddy-buddy road trip adventure-slash-treasure hunt to unfold. I was woefully mistaken. The one thing it isn't is another buddy road trip adventure. In fact, it might just defy sub genre classification entirely. "

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Product Details

  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SA5AJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very involved tale that will keep you riveted (check out near the end of the book why I used this word) by the action and twists and turns in the story. It starts out quietly as two friends start a quest to find the Lost Dutchman's Mine in the desert of Arizona but we soon learn that all will not go so easily for them. We also learn about the secrets held by the two men, and in fact, by other characters who enter into the story line.

I liked the changes the author has some of the characters go through as the story progresses. I also liked that the revelations of the characters' pasts are only shared with the reader so the other characters are not aware of what may be driving these characters until the story develops. As the story develops, I liked the delineation between the good, the bad, and ones who simply stumble into the story only to play a key role later on.

I loved the graphic descriptions of the desert and about the adventure. There is a lot of violence in the story and there is a lot of technology that borders on fantastical. I thought the over-the-top tech made the storyline more fun to read.

My only criticism would be that the ending seemed rushed but I believe the author wanted to wrap up one storyline and introduce to the adventure for the main brother and sister characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Danger and suspense June 16, 2012
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Bobby and Frank are on a journey to find a hidden treasure of gold. They have a map but it takes a good deal of research to decipher the clues. The map points are located along The El Camino Del Diablo, commonly called the Devil's Highway, a remote desert road favored by drug smugglers and human traffickers. It's so deadly, all who travel it must sign a Hold Harmless agreement freeing the U.S. government from any claim due to injury or loss of life. Plus there is the added danger of the legendary Chupacabra, the blood sucking beast of the desert.

Dollycas's Thoughts
This story really grabbed me from the start. It is full of surprises and twists and non-stop action. It is one of those books that is hard to review because I don't want to give to much away. The story is well written with several interesting characters in a very interesting setting.

This area of the country usually makes headlines as where many illegal immigrants try to make the way into the U.S. from Mexico. Many of them die along this trail. A book with this same title reconstructs an actual event. The ordeal of sun and thirst of two dozen men in May 2001, half of whom suffered excruciating deaths.

In this fictional story the characters meet up with groups trying to make their way into the U.S. and face the same deadly conditions in addition to some fictional events that are even more deadly.

Another great debut from another author to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I give you adventure! June 13, 2012
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R. Scott Douglas establishes some high expectations by naming an early chapter of his book nothing less than "I give you adventure" -- and he doesn't disappoint.

The Devil's Highway takes readers on a thrilling ride along the deadly El Camino Del Diablo, into the bowels of an abandoned mine, and behind the fences of a top secret air force installation. His story effortlessly weaves together the worlds of human smuggling, motorcycle gangs,and categories of futuristic technology that would seem at home in a Michael Crichton novel.

Not only that, Nathaniel and Frank are sure to become two of the great villians on any summer reading list.

It was a great ride, Mr. Douglas! Where will you take us next?
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5.0 out of 5 stars POW! April 4, 2012
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This is my second back-to-back book with the Chupacabra in it, and it was a blast. What I like is the lastone HUNT FOR THE CHUPACABRA (a Chupacabra Series short story) was a short story. It's a period piece and a revenge story while The Devil's Highway is like something Crichton would have written. It's modern with lots of high tech gizmos and the plot zigs and zags with the best of them. I love the scenes with the unmanned air vehicles. Very cool and I hope our military has gadgets as good as portrayed in this book.

The Devil's Highway starts as a treasure hunt with two friends but before long you realize they're hiding secrets and those secrets will threaten the success of their mission. Bobby is a laugh but Frank probably turns out to be the more interesting character. THeres a lot stuff going on in his head. And there other characters that push the story along but it feels like even mentioning them would give away too much.

Highly recommend and not just because of the Chupacabra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and enjoyable story March 20, 2012
By G.Y.
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I stumbled on the The Devil's Highway ebook and downloaded it to read while on vacation. The story captured my interest right away, and the countless twists and turns kept me interested to the last page. It features a colorful bunch of characters, drawn from the world of bikers, illegal immigrants, law enforcement agencies and the military, whose lives intersect in the Arizona desert. What starts as a treasure hunt turns into a life and death struggle for survival in this action packed book. Very well written and enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

R. Scott Douglas has, at various times in his life, been a journalist, magazine editor, documentary filmmaker and currently is a corporate communications manager. He enjoys traveling and exploring and counts his many trips to various desert regions of the world as some his favorite times. When he's not in the desert, he can be found in the water (snorkeling) or above it (kayaking).

To learn more about the various inspirations that helped shape The Devil's Highway - including topics like urban exploration, The Rockford Files, the Chupacabra and military technology - please visit the official The Devi's Highway website at:

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