In the jungles of coastal Mexico, twelve-year-old Kazu Danser is on the run, his bloody past haunting and attempting to be his ruination. Hot on his heals is journalist Carson Staines, a deadly madman full of blood thirst and greed, determined to first chronicle Kazu's criminal life - and then end it. Staines must nail him down, dead or alive; the boy being worth a huge payoff.
Making a perilous crossing of the border into the States, Kazu fights for his life, desperately heading east. Entering sunburnt Florida, he teams up with a gang of Floridian street urchins, known to the authorities as, "The disposables." With Staines not letting up on the chase, Kazu and the other youths go on the run, fighting for their lives.
Can the Disposables and Kazu survive?
What will they have to do to stop the murderous and resourceful monster mowing through them to get to his reward?
The second part of the book takes place in the shadows of Florida, where street urchins fights every day to survive, both bodily and in spirit. In contrast to the tropical beaches and teeming vacationers, the children will do anything necessary to keep their heads above the perilous deep waters.
Greg Jolley (also published under Gregory French) earned a master of art in writing from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of sixteen novels and one collection about the fictional, film industry-based Danser family. He currently lives in the Very Small town of Ormond Beach, Florida
This book was supplied to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Let me begin by saying I always complete a book once I have started reading it, in fairness to the author, whether I like it or not. I am an avid reader, dedicated to discovering why I like or don’t like a book. I realize ‘liking’ a book can be rather subjective at times so I will often try to keep my comments aimed at technical points as well as personal opinions. I will endeavor to avoid spoilers.
The manuscript I received may have been totally unedited, but I have to say it was a real effort to read a book where the letters “t”, “th”, and “f” were missing throughout. This is especially annoying with the author’s often repeated use of the same words - like “offered”. Each page was filled with spelling errors as well as grammatical errors, such as lack of agreement with subject and verb, misplaced modifiers, and other sentences which simply lacked sense. At times it felt as if I were trying to read something badly translated from a foreign language. To say that heavy-duty editing is needed, is an understatement. As for the tory itself, in places it was outright confusing. It is more fantasy than simple fiction. We begin with three main characters: Angel, Kazu, and Sippi who meet after an aborted kidnapping and a plane crash, in the jungle in Mexico. Some characters totally disappear as their problems are resolved. Many of them become cartoon characters with highly exaggerated abilities and strengths. There is an overall lack of consistency in both the characters and the story as it waves all over the jungle of Mexico and then around Florida. I will use the excuse of fantasy, for example, when mentioning the author’s total lack of knowledge about children’s language and behavior. Although Kazu may be a prodigy of some kind, his actions and knowledge become inconsistent and unbelievable. At times his thoughts and actions are adult imterspersed with childish notions. This may be the author’s attempt to create this ‘man-child’ creature, but for me it just wasn’t successful. Kazu’s arch enemy, Carsom Staines, becomes an almost silly childhood nightmare. The story line is repeatedly bogged down with irrelevant and inaccurate, hard-to-believe and understand descriptions. Drug lords do not act as described. The gang of street urchins in Florida is also more fantasy than fiction or fact, as is the appearance of the super heroine Three Fingers (or “red ingers" as it appeared on my pages) April. The family reunions were flat and uninspiring. In summary, this is not a book I could honestly recommend. I found the one-word ‘reviews’ awarding many stars on some media sites to be questionable at best.
This novel really took me by surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect and I can say that it completely knocked me off my feet. Such vivid imagery and a great plot and flow to the storyline. The author managed to completely submerse me in the novel from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the trials the characters went through and the history woven throughout. Lots of surprises and times that will make you second guess what you think will happen along the way.
I loved this riveting mystery. The suspense kept me riveted to my seat as the twists and turns kept me guessing. The characters are well developed and the storyline is a really good one. I enjoyed the first, enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the conclusion.