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Wheels Up: A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival by [Jeanine Kitchel, Jill Logan, Jennifer Redmond]

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Reviewed By Greg Rideout for Self-Publishing ReviewKitchel has flipped the script on mobster novels, giving us a strong, nuanced female lead character. Sympathetic drug lords are hard to find, but Kitchel creates one in Layla...Wheels Up is a fast-paced read, reminiscent of sunny South Florida crime novels. Like the novels set in the Keys, drinks abound and colorful side characters roam in and out of the narrative...It's not a lightweight story by any means, but there's a breeziness mixed with intrigue that makes for a perfect summer beach read.
Reviewed By Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Wheels Up promises to deliver an adventure about drugs, cartels and survival--and it does. It does not mention on the cover, and is left to the curious and immediately hooked reader to discover, that it also comes embellished with compelling and interesting characters, prominent of which is Layla, the new female head of a dominant Mexican cartel, a headstrong, independent, and strangely principled young woman--and a wonderful array of exotic and Yucatan-based locales, with enough adventure packed into its fast-moving pages to satisfy the most ravenous armchair thrill-seeker. The book begins with a drug-loaded plane crash into the jungle and never relinquishes its momentum after that. 

Layla Navarro, the Latina heroine of this intensely engaging, drug-based escapade, is a uniquely likable if questionable example of a powerfully ambitious woman determined to take her rightful place at the top of a very dangerous food chain. She is equally intimidating and attractive to the men conscripted to protect her, and to those determined to liquidate her. Goaded to the limits of her already rather compromised ethics through the discovery of human trafficking by her so-called business partners, she seeks vengeance for the deaths of her beloved bodyguard and a Guatemalan girl she meant to save. This is where the fun, or rather the race for survival, begins. Kitchel gives the avid reader no further chance to breathe as she narrows her exciting plot down to its final, deadly confrontation. No spoilers here. Get your own self hooked.

About the Author

Jeanine Kitchel's ongoing love of Mexico led her to the Yucatan in 1983, and slightly more than a decade later, she left San Francisco for a relaxed lifestyle in Puerto Morelos, a fishing village on the Quintana Roo coast. 
TRAVEL WRITER Kitchel writes about Mexico, the Maya and the Yucatan. She's written for The Miami Herald, El Universal, The Herald/Mexico City, and Fodor's Travel Guides.WHERE THE SKY IS BORN, a travel memoir, details how dream became reality when she and her husband left Silicon Valley jobs to pursue the goal of living in Mexico, and explains how they coped with buying land, building a house and retiring in a foreign country.MAYA 2012 REVEALED takes a realistic look at the 2012 end date debate that surrounded the Maya calendar.CARTEL TRILOGY/WHEELS UP: A NOVEL OF DRUGS, CARTELS AND SURVIVAL Kitchel's first novel, Wheels Up, publishes spring 2018. Once again, Mexico sits center stage. Her Latina protagonist, Layla Navarro, catapults to the top of Mexico's most poweful cartel when her notorious drug lord uncle is recaptured. Layla struggles to survive in one of the cruelest institutions the world has ever seen. 
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07CQDK8MY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jeanine Kitchel (April 27, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 27, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5356 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

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Jeanine Kitchel's love of Mexico led her to the Yucatan in 1983, and in 1997, she left San Francisco for a relaxed lifestyle in Puerto Morelos, a fishing village on the Quintana Roo coast.

TRAVEL WRITER

Kitchel writes about Mexico, the Maya and the Yucatan. She's written for The Miami Herald, El Universal/Mexico City, The News/Mexico City, The Herald/Mexico City, Baja Times, The Mexico Files and Fodor's Travel Guides.

WHERE THE SKY IS BORN

Her first book, a travel memoir, Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya, tells how dream became reality when she and her husband left Silicon Valley jobs to pursue their goal of living in Mexico, and how they coped with buying land, building a house and retiring in a foreign country.

MAYA 2012 REVEALED

Maya 2012 Revealed: Demystifying the Prophecy, gives a journalistic view of the 2012 end date debate regarding the Maya calendar phenomenon.

CARTEL TRILOGY/WHEELS UP: A NOVEL OF DRUGS, CARTELS AND SURVIVAL

Kitchel's first novel, Wheels Up, published in May 2018. Once again, Mexico sits center stage. Her Latina protagonist, Layla Navarro, catapults to the top of Mexico's most poweful cartel when her notorious drug lord uncle is recaptured and imprisoned. Layla struggles to survive in one of the cruelest institutions the world has ever seen.

Wheels Up is included in The New York Book Review Fall Issue September 27, 2018, under Independent Press listings.

TULUM TAKEDOWN

In book 2 in the Wheels Up trilogy, Layla Navarro's chance encounter with a Mexico City journalist leads her to the Yucatán Peninsula where she helps to search for the woman's missing niece. In a desperate race against time to find the girl, Layla teams up with a fellow dealer and a cartel fixer. Now she must piece together a complex puzzle of money laundering, dirty politics, and million dollar land grabs before another innocent victim is lost to the shady world of human trafficking.

Her website--www.jeaninekitchel.com-- has updates on her writing and blog, jeaninekitchel.blogspot.com/ with current posts on author life, Mexico and the Maya, titled Maya Musings.

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