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THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS: A DOUGLASS CRIME AND ROMANCE THRILLER SERIES (THE KING TRILOGY Book 1) by [Douglass, Stephen]
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Stephen Douglass's knowledge of the Oil and Gas Industry is woven into a plot similiar to John Grisham's tales of lawyers,judges,and the law. Both are terrific at storytelling at a brisk pace coming with a knowledgeable background. You will be educated as to the Oil and Gas Industry, especially the dark side of money making,and entertained by a romantic engaging action story. This book belongs in a class with "Unbroken", "Lost in Shangri-La", "In the Garden of the Beasts", other five star books that I have enjoyed this summer.

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For Stephen Douglass, writing was an accident. When his friends in Muskoka and Florida became aware of the story of his incredible life in the Canadian oil business, they encouraged him to commit it to writing. They insisted it was a story that must be told. Reluctantly, he did, and after more than twenty years the story of AN ENDLESS AND CONFLICTED LOVE, A MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE AND NEARLY LOST HIS LIFE DOING IT, and ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST AUDACIOUS THEFTS IN CANADIAN HISTORY, was finally made public.
Stephen has entitled the book: The Bridge to Caracas, for reasons that will quickly be obvious to readers. The genre is romance crime fiction, if there is such a genre.

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  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stephen Douglass; 3 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJ5GM14
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Carrie J. Bylina on May 22, 2013
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The theme of good versus evil sits on top of the question, 'What would you do for love?' Stephen Douglass's book, The Bridge to Caracas, is a heavily plotted story within the murky world of the oil and gas industry that he seems familiar with. It takes place in the 1960s through the 1970s, and centers on how Jim Servito steals boatloads of money from the industry and screws everyone who gets in his way.

The story has lots of potential, but neither Mike King, the protagonist, nor Karen Taylor, his love interest engaged me. No spoiler here--Karen is kidnapped by terrorist and presumed dead. Mike moves on and marries the wrong woman. Bad enough. It happens. Karen returns--no big shock--and moves on now that Mike is unavailable. What bothered me is that the convenient plot point of Karen's abduction, which sets up the star-crossed lover theme, seems to have had little emotional effect on Karen. I kept waiting for her horrendous life event to impact her current life and the story. It never materializes. And Mike, this really smart guy, blunders his way through traps set up by Servito to make Mike's life miserable without getting a clue. Mike seems at times to only be aided by chance (admittedly some of it in the beginning by shrewd moves), luck, coincidence, and finally, at the climax, assistance from a total stranger to solve his problem. Even when the women he loves is being brutalized by Servito in the middle of the story, he does nothing for months except to have rendezvous sex. What starts out sharp and thrilling, peters out for me. In the end, the events and actions felt more staged and Mike's actions reckless, reactionary, and without thought more so than realistic--often causing heartache and loss for others.

This is not to write that this is a bad book.
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The Bridge to Caracas is a romantic thriller set during the 1960’s and 70’s and follows its protagonist, Mike King, as he navigates through the murky world of the oil business while trying to keep the love of his life, Karen, safe from her dangerous husband. It is clear from the outset that the author understands his subject matter very well, and his passion for this world clearly shines through, however you never feel bogged down with excessive detail of the workings of the oil business. Instead, the heart of the book is characterisation, and each protagonist (whether likeable or not) is well defined and three-dimensional . The villain of the peace, Karen’s husband Jim Servito, is a truly vile individual, capable of doing anything to protect his illegal, debauched lifestyle, and every time the book centres on him, you can almost feel your skin crawl – a sign of strong characterisation. And with Mike and Karen, you can’t help rooting for them in their fight to remain safe as they are wrong footed at every turn.

The pacing throughout is spot on and the story finishes in a satisfactory (if a little contrived) manner, but with the enticing possibility of future adventures – the book is the first of a trilogy. I have to say that such books are generally not my cup of tea, however it is so well written that I couldn't help but enjoy it, and I am looking forward to reading book 2 at some point soon. Congratulations to Steve Douglas – you are a talented author.
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Great book that kept me up all night, constantly having to find out what was going to happen - the way Patterson's books used to do. (You know, back when Patterson wrote them himself.)

I don't feel that the characters were really fleshed out, and some things were glossed over, and sometimes I was surprised when it would jump forward several years, and despite all of that, it still kicked ass and I can't believe the author made the entire trilogy free. With the first book being that compelling, I'd think that a wiser marketing move would be to make the first one free. If the following books were reasonably priced, I would definitely be buying them to continue the saga. But I have them at no cost. Thanks, Mr. Douglas!

The writing was really good and mostly well edited and proofed, which made it a surprise when I'd come to a blatant error. After several errors, I started highlighting them in my Kindle with the thought of letting the author know about them, because he can't realize they're there, and it's a shame they are in such a compelling story.

But since the story was so good, they were forgivable. This time! Just kidding.

Great book. If you like tales that span many years and feature romance, crime, danger and suspense, you'll like this. (It's also an eye-opener to the oil industry - at least as it was in the 60's and 70s, and that gave the book a flavor somewhat similar to Atlas Shrugged, but without any deep thoughts.)
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This is an awesome story written by Stephen Douglass who has worked in the petroleum industry in Canada for decades. His story deals with money laundering, fraud, manipulation, with a very driving force of true love. There's something here for everyone. The main character is Mike King, who leaves the school of medicine to explore the world for a year, then returns to major in chemical engineering as inspired by an oil magnet friend of his father. The second character is Karen Taylor, daughter of wealthy parents, who loves Mike King. But while he is on his one year sabbatical, Karen and her friend Patti Archer are on a hijacked Boeing 707 which winds up in a devastating explosion near Damascus. Mike is devastated to think Karen has been killed, goes back to school, and soon marries Barbara Larkin. The third character is Jim Servito who has a brilliant mind, is cynical, and one of the most ruthless characters that Mike and Karen will have to face. He's blackmailed his way to riches and through money laundering, and without remorse, he will strike down anyone who stands in his way.

This book reveals the roots of the gasoline wars and shortages of the early 70's. It deals with Mike's failed marriage and also his success of rising from being an employee to having his own oil company. It gives one a first hand, factual look at how big businessmen wheel and deal to increase their profits ... or to prevent losing them.
This story would make a powerful movie, if Hollywood had the courage to get it to the silver screen. There's only one actor I envision playing the ruthless Jim Servito ... Al Pacino! This is a stellar story one which you won't be able to put down, and one you will never forget.
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