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Euphoria takes a raw druggie lifestyle (that is regrettably common in todays society) and uses it as a passageway to let in an otherwise unimaginable evil. Amongst my favorite personalities brought to such vivid life, is the Baker, Finn, and Lysa. The 'Baker' mixes up a concoction to knock junkies completely off their feet, but he has an agenda that goes beyond that of a regular high. Finn is undercover posing as a thug, and the things he is forced to witness and be a part of is enough to make even the most twisted minds cringe. Lysa is an amazing woman. She is relatable, empathetic, down to earth, and determined.
This story covers every type, from the junkie, to their families, to the police, every member in the gangsters chain of command, and even an unspeakable evil being that takes life by the hundreds. Euphoria has a way of making you wonder at the unpredictable twists our lives can take, and the impact our choices as human beings could make on those we didn't even realize exist. Lorraine McLeod offers a very polished over tale that is unforgettable in every way. It is well written, bloody, suspenseful, unpredictable, and I will surely sleep with an eye open for some time to come. I am definitely a fan!
McLeod metaphorically sees the cartel as old Mexico “demons” as exemplified by Grohah, and the victims as children and their parents. I asked Ms. McLeod, “What drug are you mimicking or is it just a made up drug? Is it crack, heroin, ecstasy, or??” She answered, “I made the whole thing up, but I did base it on two hallucinogenics used by the Mayans and the Aztecs. One was derived from the flower, Morning Glory and the other, an hallucinagenic mushroom. Both of these were from Mexico. I then added coke in there for a bit of extra flavour!” In the books, the drug is described, “This batch was perfect. His secret ingredients included the seeds from a rare flower of the family Convolvulaceae, which was once used by the Aztec civilization to induce hallucinations. The more common example of this species of flower could be found in most garden shops, but he’d travelled to Mexico for just the exact one he needed. Little trace of the substance would be found in the human body once the effects had worn off.” McLeod further explains, “I took a few liberties. I made Grohah a demon from the Mayans, and included some stuff from the Aztecs. This is because the Aztecs did have some culture similar to the Mayans but I wanted to connect both civilzations in the book.” The drug is part of a ritual; the addicts lose complete control of themselves, succumbing to the old gods of ancient Mexico. The story works as a metaphor for the presence of the Latino Drug Cartels via their illegal substance presence throughout the world. The drug euphoria could be any medical substance that is manufactured illegally and distributed via the streets for a higher purpose, namely money. The big picture minimizes the buyer, the addict who supplies the money. These addicts, or victims, lose control of their lives literally, for a metaphoric god.
The book is excellent reading. I enjoyed the parallels to the Mayans and Aztecs, especially the 2012 predictions of the end of the world. A hardboiled detective story with a love story subplot, Euphoria mounts a tension filled story that is as exciting as it is horrific. Don’t let Lorraine McLeod’s dainty picture fool you. She wields a mighty pen and tells a tale not for the squeamish.
I finished this book in the first night I purchased it and needless to say, it gave me nightmares! I'd recommend this book to horror lovers, urban fantasy fans, and anyone who is interested in demons and 2012 Mayan prophecies.
What an imaginative story line. A nice break from the same ol' same ol.
Intimate depiction of the characters along with some really awesome descriptive writing makes for an intense read...hard to put it down!
I guess the diet starts tomorrow!!! ;)
Waiting for thr movie to come out :)
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