- File Size: 940 KB
- Print Length: 436 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DWDP71P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At its heart, this is a story of transformation and a battle for social justice. The nearly buried, one-eyed man in the opening chapter is revived (that’s not much of a spoiler; it’s in the initial chapters) and ultimately becomes a crusader against drug traffickers — and in defense of the poor and the honest — in Mexico.
The whole narrative is tinged with a spiritual element, from the mysterious priest in the early chapters to a link with the crusades of the Knights Templar. My main beef with the book is that it ultimately boils down to a conflict between Christians and an unholy partnership between a violent indigenous religion and a violent Islamic group. One of the indigenous leaders gets fully fleshed out, but the Muslims remain villainously two-dimensional. (The world is full of peaceful Muslims. I wish the only Muslims in the book weren’t bloodthirsty terrorists.)
The book’s greatest strengths lie in its action — the reader is propelled from one adrenaline-fueled battle to another — and in its capacity to consistently surprise the reader. This all requires some suspension of disbelief, but I encourage you to suspend away. If you do, you’ll be carried along on a wave of excitement.
Note on content: I can’t count the number of people who die, often in gruesome ways in this book. There are allusions to sexual violence, although little is featured explicitly. Most of the swearing is in Spanish.
As demonstrated by the sizable bibliography, Joel Galloway has done his homework and his visceral depiction of the horrific impact of the drug trade on Mexico is sobering and detailed, from the rise of the cartels, through their cooption of the armed forces, and their eventual near-annexation of entire cities. This forms the backdrop for our mysterious, damaged hero as he struggles to protect the innocent while battling his own demons. You know the formula, but Galloway takes it to unusual places as he grapples with the question of whether a man can find a higher purpose while seeking revenge. It's a violent ride, but you'll gain a new respect for the real-life heroes that have put their lives on the line while fighting the drug lords.