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Busted Paperback – April 30, 2018
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"Busted," by Michele I. Khoury, is a well-written and exceedingly heartfelt debut novel about cocaine and its abuse. What separates Khoury's work from other similarly-themed volumes are found in her characters' thoughts and exploits when it comes to legalization. Never a simple issue, Khoury's characters are human and conceived as though the author is personally familiar with each. As such, the answers to the related, difficult, and interconnected journeys of her three main characters will have readers questioning their own biases. This is a brave work, part "Traffic," part "Magnolia," all original. Kudos to this author for a gutsy, profound effort. "Busted" heralds the arrival of a bold new voice.
Hollywood Producer and Award-winning Author
Reviewed by AryaFomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Busted by Michele I. Khoury is a riveting story withcharacters that readers will enjoy. Twenty-four-year-old artist Gina McKenna isliterally broke and she is about to spend the last of what she had left when arich businessman buys one of her paintings and asks her to do more. She isslowly sucked into his world of wealth and opulence and, when she falls forhim, she discovers that Miguel Lopez is a ruthless drug lord and he killsanyone who comes between him and his business.
A new player comes into the game, DEA Special Agent Bobby Garcia, who has beenlooking for any means to bring down the mastermind behind the drug distributionnetwork in Southern California, a mission that quickly turns personal with theoverdose of his teenage daughter. There is a lot waiting for the reader in theplot as relationships become complex and dangers multiply. Who will be leftstanding when the curtain falls?
Michele I. Khoury's novel is a gem, the kind of story for readers who lovesuspenseful plots, character-driven writing, and well-developed conflicts inwhat they read. I loved the cast of characters and Gina is well-thought out anddeveloped with mastery. The reader will love the role she plays in the storyand how she evolves through it. Yes, there is content for mature readers likesteamy sex, violence, and foul language. The story is fast-paced and absorbing,the writing balanced, with impeccable world-building. Busted is a page-turner,as exciting as it is entertaining.
From the Author
I don't like drugs and I don't use drugs. However, I do support keeping medicinal marijuana legal and available to those who need it.
Recently I received an e-mail from the Drug Policy Alliance (firstname.lastname@example.org) alerting me to a letter sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Congress demanding that members not renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which protects medical marijuana from federal interference. In other words, the attorney general wants the amendment abolished, so marijuana patients and providers can be prosecuted.
According to the e-mail, thirty states have full medical marijuana, as do Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. There are also 15 CBD-only states, which allow a limited form of medical marijuana. (In a post by ProCon.org, "The Leading Source for Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues," CBD is Cannabidiol, one of the 400+ ingredients found in marijuana and is not psychoactive. The use of a CBD extract, usually in oil form, with minimal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is often used for the treatment of epilepsy or seizures in seriously ill children.)
What can be done to protect medicinal marijuana and it's users from federal harassment and prosecution? On June 15, 2017, the CARERS Act was introduced to Congress. This proposed legislation will end federal prohibition of medical marijuana, let states set their own policies, and protect patients and providers from federal prosecution. It will also de-schedule CBD so that individuals from states with CBD laws that do not have CBD production can travel to and from states that produce CBD to purchase it. And it would remove barriers to federal marijuana research and allow veterans to discuss and receive recommendations for medical marijuana with Veterans' Affairs physicians.
The Senate bill was introduced as a bi-partisan effort by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Paul (R-KY), Gillibrand (D-NY), Lee (R-UT), Franken (D-MN), and Murkowski (R-AK). The House companion was reintroduced by Rep Young (R-AK) and Rep Cohen (D-TN).
If you agree with the CARERS Act, what can you do? Click on the "Take Action" button below to send a pre-written message to your Congress members urging them to pass the CARERS Act that protects patients, providers, and veterans from federal attacks.
Thanks for reading.
Warmest Regards, Michele I. Khoury Author, Busted To read previous blogs and subscribe to future blogs, please go to Michelekhoury.com.
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I was drawn into the story, by the second page, with the mention of a twelve-year-old boy high on cocaine. I wanted to know more. The reader is first introduced to “Gina”, with a little bit of history about her and whey she is almost penniless.
I liked the short chapters and how each chapter was solely about one character, allowing the reader to connect with them as the story unfolded.
This is a fast suspenseful page-turning read, with continual surprising events unfolding that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Many action scenes, keep the story exciting, along with some strong sexual content.
This book showed me another side of beautiful Orange County that I didn’t believe could exist. Drugs are not just a problem in the poor neighborhoods, but the wealthy upscale ones too. And where there are drugs, violence and danger are sure to follow.
For me the ending was predictable, but it didn’t take away the enjoyment or the thrill of reading the story. The journey was an exciting ride.