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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments Luis Ojeda owes his life to the Pacifico Norte cartel. Literally. Now it’s time to pay.

Luis led escaping American Muslims out of the U.S. during the ten years following a 2019 terrorist attack on Chicago. He retired after nearly being killed by a border guard. But now in 2032, the Nortes give Luis a choice: pay back the fortune they spent saving his life, or take on a special job.

The job: Nora Khaled – FBI agent, wife, mother of two, and Muslim. She claims her husband will be exiled to one of the nation’s remote prison camps to rot with over 400,000 other Muslim Americans. Faced with her family’s destruction, she’s forced to turn to Luis – the kind of man she’s spent her career bringing to justice.

But when the FBI publicly accuses Nora of terrorism, Luis learns Nora’s real motive for heading south: she has proof that the nation’s recent history is based on a lie – a lie that reaches to the government’s highest levels.

Torn between self-preservation and the last shreds of his idealism, Luis guides Nora and her family toward refuge in civil war-wracked Mexico. The FBI, a dogged ICE agent, killer drones, bandits, and the fearsome Zeta cartel all plan to stop him. Success might just free Luis from the Nortes…but failure means disappearing into a black-site prison, or a gruesome death for them all.

In a day-after-tomorrow America where government has been downsized and outsourced into irrelevance, and none but the very wealthy few can afford hopes or dreams, Luis and Nora must learn to trust each other to ensure the survival of the truth – and of the people they love.

Read an excerpt on Goodreads.

South is available for Kindle through Amazon US/BR/CA/DE/FR/IN/IT/JP/MX/UK
Also available for Nook, Kobo, and iTunes
ePub also available through Chapters Indigo (CA), Angus & Robertson (AU) and Eason (IR)
Trade paperback available through Amazon US/CA/DE/FR/IN/IT/JP/UK | Angus & Robertson (AU) | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository (UK) | Books-a-Million | Hudson Booksellers | Indiebound | Powell's | Vroman's | Whitcoulls (NZ)
Trade paperback also available (in English) through Adlibris (NO/SE) | Agapea (ES) | Flipkart (IN) | Suomalainen (FI) | Thalia (DE)

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments The April 2014 Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch includes this insanely great review of South :

“South is a riveting work of action/adventure suspense that is a real page-turner of a novel. Author Lance Charnes demonstrates a truly impressive knack for deftly creating a complex and thoroughly engaging story that grabs and holds the reader’s rapt attention from beginning to end. A novel that could be ripped from today’s headlines about cross-border narco-terrorism, “South” is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Fiction collections."

This is a big win because Midwest Book Review is one of those reviewers that librarians pay attention to. I had some success placing Doha 12 in libraries partly on the strength of its MBR review; I hope to repeat that for South .

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments South just got a very nice review from The Review Hutch in New Zealand:
"The story is very fast. There are many things happening at once with many characters. I got the impression that I walked into an already very established landscape and I had to jog along to keep up...I really liked this book."

See the review here.

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments South is now available on Scribd! If you're already a subscriber, you can read South as part of your monthly fee. If you're not, Scribd allows you to read as many books as you like for $8.99 a month, with a free month up front.

Get South on Scribd here.

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments Kobo is putting on an unlimited 35%-off sale from now until Monday. This means South is now available for $1.95 on Kobo, the leading e-reader platform outside Amazon markets.

If you've been on the fence about buying South, now's the time to jump!

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments The Kindle, Nook and ePub editions of South are on sale for $1.99 today through 9 August.

If you've been holding off on buying South , now's the time!

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments Muslim registries. Border walls. Refugees fleeing the U.S. for Canada and Mexico.

In 2013, it was a cautionary tale.

In 2017, it's the news.

What happens next? Read tomorrow's headlines today -- get South , a near-future thriller.

Available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and in trade paperback (see Message 1 above).

South by Lance Charnes

Or join my mailing list and get a free e-book edition of SOUTH.

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments South is part of a special Kobo 40% off sale now through 30 October! Just go here (, add South to your basket, then use the promo code 40SAVE.


Border walls. Muslim registries. Refugees fleeing the U.S.

In 2013, it was a warning. In 2017, it's the evening news.

What's next? Read South before it happens.

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments If you're in Australia or New Zealand, you use Kobo, and you've been putting off getting South , now there's one less reason. Between now and 28 February, when you buy a Kobo book at full price, you can get a participating book at half-price.

It just so happens South is participating.

For Australia, go here:
For New Zealand, go here:

It's under "Mystery & Thrillers." Enjoy!

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 66 comments South is now available through Kindle Unlimited!

Unfortunately, this also means that the e-book isn't available outside of Amazon anymore. They simply weren't selling, so I'm trying something different.

If you're looking for a paper book, though, South is still available online worldwide, very probably from your favorite seller of paper books.

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