“Austin, Texas. Special Agent Walter Curtis knows where a drug lord hid a small fortune in cash before he was killed. It’s buried in the desert, just waiting to be found. He convinces Marc Virgil, a disgraced Boston detective, to help him find it.
Their simple plan unleashes a chain reaction of violence and murder as the two American cops fight their way out of Mexico against a professional killer, corrupt cops, and an army of cartel hitmen who all want them dead.”
“South of Evil” truly lives up to its name. For those who don’t know, I’m partial to writing (and reading) stories that explore morality and ethics. I especially enjoy situations that point out how gray these things are and get the reader thinking about instances which aren’t so straightforward as to who/what is good/evil. This tale focuses on the evil side of things with accounts from all kinds of people concerning both the vile acts they commit and those they are victim of at the hands of both the lawful and the criminal.
The book is one hell of an adventure. It follows two government agents who venture to find a druglord’s hidden fortune after growing tired of the hand life has dealt them. They find themselves going far past what they once would have considered appropriate so that they may gain a life most people only ever dream about. Their strife is extremely relatable as are the trials they undergo brutally realistic. That being said, you may think you know how things are going to end up at each turn, but you don’t.
If you’re looking for a light read with heroes who eventually overcome all their obstacles and flaws, diminishing the threat of evil from their lives or the world, this is not it. Which is a big reason why I love it. The author has weaved an enthralling and gritty story that keeps the audience second-guessing what they would do in the given situation with disastrous or beautiful consequences not dependent upon the moral leaning of the action leading to it.
The book itself is also intelligently written with a style unique to the author. It’s not one you’re going to soon forget.
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