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Return to Sandara

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Gabriel, a twenty-year-old college student, arranges to meet his older brother, Luke, in the quaint village of Sandara on Spain’s Costa Brava, he expects a fun-filled summer. But Gabriel and Luke encounter corruption and evil. Crucial choices must be made, which resonate powerfully in this tale of love, doubt, envy, and chance. And Gabriel must grapple with the darkne ...more
Paperback, first edition, 110 pages
Published October 17th 2014 by Thunder Lake Press
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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When I visited Spain for the first time in 1982, there were two things that alienated me: First of all there were still quite some coins (Pesetas) in circulation, which showed the portrait of General Franco, although his dictatorship has ended seven years before, when Franco died. And then there were the officials of the Guardia Civil, the paramilitary state police, who, with their weapons and uniforms, their whole demeanor and esprit de corps, appeared quite intimidating to me. Luckily I never ...more
Darcia Helle
When I read, I want to feel a range of emotions; excitement, misery, and all that's in between. I want to breathe the characters' air and see the world through their eyes. I want to forget the time and the bills I have to pay.

Admittedly, this is a lot to ask of words on a page. Yet Mark Rubinstein meets this challenge in a way that feels effortless. His writing has a literary flavor, using just the right word at just the right time. We aren't given lots of descriptive adverbs and adjectives. The
Dan Santos
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A boy who learns how to ride a bicycle at age 13 is shamefully late. People look at him in disbelief. At age 13 you know how much it's going to hurt when you crash it, so it's better to start early when you are blissfully ignorant of upcoming pain. But at age 13 you KNOW you've got to do it no-matter-what because it's time; it's way past the time. So you grab the handles, push on one of the pedals and feel the swish of destiny sucking you in. Here it goes, no matter what happens!

I hate you, Mark
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Years after a tragic event Gabriel is returning to the scene of the crime so to speak. His brother Lucas was a tad rebellious in his youth and to way too many risks that but both he and Gabriel and their friends in danger. Travelling through Spain the boys come up against Cartel goons and corrupt cops. What will happen? Read and find out because I am not spoiling this one.
Mr. Rubenstein is a master of penning a suspenseful ride, move over Mr. King. The genre o
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Fiction Sad Story

This is a talented author, able to convey so much atmosphere and suspense into such a short story. It's not really my cup of tea, but if you like crime drama, you will like this.

I had to come back and say that I disagree vehemently with the main character's conclusions, but the fact that I'm still thinking about it bumps this up another star.

Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Outstanding read! So much packed into a small space. Gripping, kept my attention from start to finish. Had no idea how everything would end. Kept a great intensity all the way through. Highly recommend.
Cathy Cuomo werner
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I wish it was longer!! It kept me intrigued the whole way.
Catherine Kasten

This book is such an enjoyable read! The setting in Spain added some allure, especially thinking of the Mediterranean coast. There are all sorts of phenomenal descriptions that seem to be the authors forte. I suppose the plot wasn’t all that unusually unique, but the writing was so good that you don’t analyze the plot. I was surprised to look down and see that I was 98% through the book. I knew there wasn’t time for a satisfying ending. But I’ll wash the sand off my feet and look forwa
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Mark Rubinstein graduated from NYU with a degree in business. He then served in the army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. After discharge, he re-entered NYU as a premed student.

As a medical student at the State University of New York, he developed an interest in psychiatry, discovering in that specialty the same thing he realized in reading fiction: every pat

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