August 24th 2010 San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A horrific discovery of seventy-two bus passengers, kidnapped from the main highways and murdered in cold blood, their bodies scattered on a deserted farm. The inhuman act shocked the nation, but this was only the beginning, as the following months saw the rise of one of the most powerful and brutal drug cartels in Mexico. With impunity, they swept through the region, while the authorities failed to act.
Felipe ‘Flip’ Hernandez is a handyman who lives with his two young sons in the eastern barrio of San Fernando. Haunted by the disappearance of his wife and wracked with guilt, he is forced to navigate his way through the corruption and violence that blighted his homeland, in the hope of discovering the truth.
The story moves through the killing fields and cartel occupied barrios of Tamaulipas, intertwined with children who bear witness to the bloodshed of Mexico’s drug war, a mother who undertakes a quest for justice when tragedy strikes. The teenagers who seek indoctrination into the drug cartels, a young El Salvadorian survivor, and a psychotic and bloodthirsty child soldier of the Los Zetas.
The story moves toward a conclusion that is apocalyptic and even more shocking than the mass murder that came before it. Based upon true events, the story moves between tragedy, violence but eventually towards hope. The good people of Mexico endure such hardships only 100 miles from the United States and under the blood red sky.
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After a career in both the Navy and then Law Enforcement I found that I wanted to move into writing. I had the bug throughout my life, but not the guts to make the jump. I’m in the process of writing a crime trilogy, set in Los Angeles. I love hard-hitting dramas and thrillers, especially that depict the meaner side of the street. My idols in such fields are James Ellroy, Joseph Wambaugh, David Peace. I think you get the picture. I hope you enjoy my foray into contemporary fiction, set in modern day Mexico.\