Where Reality and Fiction Collide

Columbian drug lords.

I think an author would consciously have to try to write a boring book about these guys. Simply put, they are anything but boring.

In the ’80s and ’90s, Columbia was a country living in fear of the drug cartels. So powerful were Pablo Escobar and his business associates, that the Columbian government was unable to stand up to them and finally asked the United States to intervene. And then things got really messy.

The CIA and DEA joined Columbian teams in the hunt for the narcos. Everyone had an agenda. Lines got crossed and sometimes the good guys were as violent and corrupt as the bad guys. Suffice to say that Columbia was a mess.

The history books will tell you that Pablo was killed in April of 1993 by a team of U.S. and local forces. But Pablo was a wily guy. What would happen if he wasn’t dead after all?

In Bloodline, Eugene Escobar, Pablo’s distant cousin, is about to find out. When his wife and daughter are kidnapped by another drug kingpin Eugene gets drawn into the violent and unforgiving world of these rich and powerful men. What Eugene has to do is simple – find Pablo and get a ten-digit access code that will give Rastano access to a foreign bank account with hundreds of millions of dollars.

But right from the first page, Bloodline is anything but simple. And for good reason. It is laced with plot twists and people who are not who they seem to be. The book is a composite of the real world the Columbian drug lords built and that exists to this day, and Eugene’s fictitious struggle to find his family. It’s this blend of reality and fiction makes for one very interesting story.

Columbia – what a great place to set a book.

Do people get killed? Of course. Tortured? No, not really. Well, maybe one. But not graphically.

Okay, so the book’s all about Columbian drug lords. Right? Wrong.

Bloodline is about an average guy getting dragged into a horrific situation, where if he’s unable to pull off something that is next impossible, his wife and daughter will die. It’s about one man’s attempt to ferret out the most notorious drug lord ever, who’s had the better part of twelve years to burrow underground. It’s about just how resourceful people can be when there is no other option.

I got the idea for this book when I was in Venezuela, during the political unrest of 2003. When gringos had to lay flat in the back seat of the cab in daytime Caracas or get shot. My wife bought me the airline ticket. Always meant to ask her about that.

I got to thinking: What if Pablo Escobar didn’t die in 1993? What if he staged his death? Don’t ever make an author lie on the back seat of a cab for too long, or they’ll come up with something crazy like that. Three months later, the rough copy of Bloodline was finished. I write fast.

You know what’s great about Bloodline? You get to learn a ton of stuff about Columbia and the drug cartels without having to sit through some boring lecture. And it moves at warp speed.

Harriet Klausner, in her review, wrote, "This work starts faster than a racing car in a straightaway and never slows down…"

Hold on. And keep your fingers crossed that Eugene can find Pablo.

And once you’ve finished Bloodline, keep an eye open for Lethal Dose, also released through Dorchester Publishing.

Lethal Dose is a glimpse into just how ugly a big pharmaceutical company can be. Veritas Pharmaceutical, (fictitious of course, as I don’t want to get sued) is headed up by Bruce Andrews, who has the ethics of a pit viper. And one of his drugs, Triaxcion, has caused the death of Gordon Buchanan’s brother. Gordon, the good guy, is a wealthy Montana sawmill owner. But despite having a lot of cash at his disposal, his lawyers tell him going after Veritas is a waste of time and money.

So to heck with the court system. He does it his own way.

Gordon teams up with a PhD researcher, Jennifer Pearce, and together they try to bring down a multi-billion dollar company that is killing people with a staggering degree of regularity.

There’s more, of course. A professional assassin, a terrorist group threatening to release a hemorrhagic virus on America, and a mole who threatens the safety of the United States.

But for now, it’s all about Bloodline. Enjoy. And pray nothing like this ever happens to you.

"Great read, through and through" Chicago Times


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