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A sweeping view of Mexico
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2013
Daniel Wetta's thriller, "The Z Redemption," is a novel with sweep, perspective and heart. He has captured modern Mexico in all of its glory and heartbreak and created a work that throbs with action. His main characters, David James, an American who does shadowy consulting work mostly in Monterrey, and Ana Valdez, a Mexican mother of three and a social activist who falls in love with David, are an appealing pair. The group they champion, the Zs, are mostly middle-class youth who try to protect citizens from the violence and corruption of the drug cartels. I like the novel concept of the Zs -- they jump between buildings and otherwise use their bodies as tools to prevent and mediate violence, instead of succumbing to the bloody acts perpetrated by the cartels. In the first book of this trilogy, David, Ana and the other Zs are up against the deadly El Gato, who David first encountered in his youth in Virginia. Since the villain and his backstory are sketched in great detail, the novel's climax becomes ever more absorbing. Wetta's debut novel is a triumph!