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May the Best Person Win
on January 22, 2012
Imagine going on vacation in a different country only to learn that because you are American, you're hunted and killed. In "Underneath the Palms of Rio," this is exactly what takes place.
Cameron Carter, a Miami detective, decides to take a trip to Rio after being put on suspension from the police department. His intentions were to relax among natives and catch a little R&R. When the phone rings in the apartment he's renting, he wonders who it could be. The call is from his landlord informing him to pack and leave the country as soon as possible because his life is in danger due to him being American. Soon after he hangs up the phone he receives a mysterious knock at the door. Who is on the other side of the door? Will this be a knock of death?
Ava Monroe, an American federal agent, has issues of her own. When she's assigned to Rio de Janeiro to assist the local police in the murders of American citizens, she questions her boss's intentions. She realizes that the shot she took in the line of duty has her uneasy, but her ability as a federal agent is still intact. Ava is a take charge person and is ready to prove herself. She wants the murderer and she will get him/her by any means necessary. Will this help or hinder her?
When Ava and Cameron meet in Brazil, they both notice something familiar and unique in one another. Cameron is attracted to Ava's take charge attitude, and Ava is attracted to Cameron's ability to calm her and keep her in line. Working together, they both go after the town's police force and the local gang. Who will come out on top?
"Underneath the Palms of Rio" was an ok read. There were editing issues throughout the book which made me pause and think about what the author was trying to relay. I found myself falling asleep a great deal while reading. Also, there was a great deal of repetitive sentencing, making the story a little slow in spots. Would I purchase another book by this author? Absolutely! Brandon Collier has great potential as an author.