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Luke Burgoa is an ex-Marine on a solitary covert mission to infiltrate the Basque separatist organization ETA in Spain and help bring down its military commander, Peru Madariaga. Luke hails from a Basque ancestry that came with the Spanish empire to Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and, seventy-five years ago, to a Texas ranch. Luke’s orders are to sell guns to the ETA and lure Pe ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 21st 2018 by Texas Christian University Press
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Kristine Hall
Sins of the Younger Sons is a story about journeys. There are the literal journeys of place, as readers travel with characters from the Pyrenees to south Texas to Paris, Madrid, Bilbao, and plenty of places in between. But there are also the journeys traveled by the main characters as they try to escape their mistakes, right wrongs, and change paths and reinvent themselves; these are journeys of the characters’ emotions, and they punch the reader in the gut. I was mentally exhausted by the time ...more
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Sins of the Younger Sons by Jan Reid starts off at a simmer as the fictional story slowly emerges amidst a heavy load of violent historical turmoil, jumping back and forth between the 1970s and 1990s.

The main characters, Luke, Ysolina, and Peru, are enigmatic in their reactions to and relationships with each other. As the story unfolds, the roles of these three shift but remain murky and puzzling. As with many spy thrillers, no one can be trusted, and secrets and death lurk around every corner.
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Jan Reid has written for Texas Monthly, Esquire, GQ, Slate, Men’s Journal, Garden & Gun, and the New York Times. Reid received the Lon Tinkle career achievement award from the Texas Institute of Letters in 2014. His twelve books include The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, The Bullet Meant for Me, Rio Grande, Comanche Sundown, and Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. The biograph ...more

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