- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Casperian Books LLC (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934081248
- ISBN-13: 978-1934081242
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,472,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The year is 1936, right in the middle of the Great Depression, and Mexico, feeling the ailment as well as up in US, if not worse, is filled with banditos of all makes and models, which is how the story begins: with an old ambulance and the two men in it entering Culley's small domain while fleeing a gang of ornery local outlaws headed by a fellow named Paco Serrano.
Right about now - and this is about all I'm going to tell you about the plot - you should maybe know whether this is a book for you or not. But if you're still uncertain, let me warn you that this is not a book for most "cozy" lovers, nor should you expect a locked room mystery to suddenly pop up and take over the tale.
For a book of action, which of course is what this is in part, told by a strong authorial voice as if the teller of the tale were in the same room with you - one I could hear all the way through - I think the strongest parts were not the sections with the gunplay, which at one point is fast and furious indeed, but rather the quieter more reflective ones.
Such as when Culley and his newly found friend Ray (one of the two men in the ambulance) are making their way across the desert to a town called Quenada (hence the title, making the apostrophe important if not essential) talking about life and death and men on the borderline between the two -- and promises that have been made to them.Read more ›
What I enjoyed most was the well crafted plot. Almost everyone in the story wants to possess the fortune in gold that motivates most of the action. Competing groups are constantly trying to outsmart and outfight each other, with results that aren't easy to predict. The story rushes along with momentum to spare.
I have corresponded with the author and it's great to see his love of vintage crime fiction reflected on every page of 'NADA.
It's a story in the rousing style of something you might have run across in Adventure when that pulp was in its heyday, a tale of gold and greed and doing the right thing. It has Mexican bandits, a harrowing desert journey, one heck of a gun battle, and a narrator named Vernon Culley, who knows how to tell a tale about greed and loyalty.
The ending suggests that his sympathetic protagonists, Culley and Ray, won't be meeting up again, but I'd like to think they do have a fictional afterlife. And that I'll be around to share it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is really good--a throwback to the pulp novels of the fifties. Set in the thirties in Mexico it has the feel of a western with some historical fiction thrown in and a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by andrew review
I've just finished 'Nada, and it's a wonderful book! Once the story takes hold of you, it doesn't let you go. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Judy
I mostly enjoy spy thrillers and didn't know what to expect with 'Nada. I like exciting story lines with interesting characters and 'Nada did not disappoint. This is a great book. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Larry Rinehart