Have you ever wondered how one split-second decision could change your life for ever?
The Bonners are the most powerful couple in Texas. Bode Bonner is the Republican Governor and his wife, Lindsay, is always by his side. From the outside everything looks rosy. But the Bonners are not happy. Bode is bored - he longs for more excitement in his life. Lindsay is at the end of her tether. She's had enough of Bode's womanising and of playing the dutiful wife. She is desperate to break free of her bland, wealthy lifestyle. Then Lindsay makes an impulsive decision that helps save the life of a poor Hispanic boy. From that moment on, nothing will be the same for the Bonners. Everything is about to change....
From the author of the international best sellers The Colour of Law and Accused, this is an addictively listenable novel, filled with dramatic and ingenious twists and turns, that delves deep into the dark heart of Texas.
©2012 Mark Gimenez (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd.
I am addicted to talking books, but only mystery/thrillers or some particular authors like Terry Pratchett.
This story is a B+. It started a bit slow, but turned out to be a good listen.
There was only one good guy in the book - the doc.
I would listen to Jeff Harding reading the telephone directory. He makes everything a great listen.
"A Good Listen"
This is my first experience of Mark Gimenez and it was positive. I thought the book was well written, you were never quite certain how the plot would turn. It did get slightly long winded in the middle regarding the political differences betwen America and Mexico, this didn't last long however and overall, I really enjoyed the book.
Not to give anything away - for me, towards the end of the book when Bodi and Lindsey are in El Diablo's office, it was slightly far fetched that they got out of there but hey, never let reality get in the way of a good storey eh!
Now here is a man who has perfected his craft. I have bought a number of books Jeff Harding has narrated, his ability to use his voice to bring the characters to life is excellent.
Even the devil can't take a Texan down!
I look forward to reading more from Mr Gimenez!
"Good story, well read, helps my commute."
I buy audio books to help my get through my hour each way commute. Found my self sitting in the car on my driveway to get to a point where I was happy to stop. This is the sign of a good story.
"Narrator did well with flawed material"
I enjoyed the plot and characters. The novel was deeply placed geographically which gave a sense of authenticity.
He has a fast paced writing style and can use repetition and compare/contrast well (eg So and So character was here doing this whilst 250 miles away, So and So character 2 was here doing that). However, I began to feel there was too much of this by the end of the book. I guess the structure Gimenez chose for his novel wasn't for me
Harding is a great narrator. He is excellent at doing multiple voices in conversation so the listener always knows who is who
"Exciting and surprisingly funny"
I loved this book. The author tells a gripping story of real, fallible characters and gives great insight into American (especially Texan) politics.
There is a subtle undercurrent of wry humour that gets even unpleasant characters to grow on you and provides some welcome laugh-out-loud moments. I was delighted to find a thriller with a sense of humour!
The narrator is excellent, particularly with the tricky accents, and adds to the enjoyment of this book.
"The thrilling underbelly of Texan politics"
An exciting story of Texan politics and justice set against a backdrop of migrant Mexicans living in a harsh no mans land between Mexico and Texas in their attempt to escape for the controlling influences of the local drug cartels.
This is the first book I've read or listened to by Mark Gimenez and found it to be fast paced and found myself getting caught up in the Mexican migrant problem. Recommended.
I nearly didn't download this book, because of other reviews.. But I am very glad I did. I would have liked to change the end... abit, but don't want to spoil it. Jeff Harding is hysterical, his mexican women had me curled up, I love him to bits. He makes all the characters live for me.
The story was very inciteful, re the American/Latino issues and made the whole issues of Political greed, dishonesty and craving for power at all cost very real. Yep I recommend it
I have listened to to two other Mark Gimenez books and loved them ,gripped listened back to back. Then tried this one. Huge disappointment, his books can be slow to get going but this one never got going, predictable, boring,skipped to the last chapters and wasn't surprised by the ending. Sad waste of a credit.
I'm pretty sure that this is not his worst work but I am sure its not his best.
This was along the lines of a Grisham or Paterson book, it was great.
The governor of Texas is a bit of a cad and his wife has had enough, she goes to the border on a goodwill trip and is heartbroken at the poverty and despair there. She decides to leave her husband and continue her nursing career there; but the governor is going for the White House and needs his wife by his side.
It was scary how third world the border seemed, I wasn't aware parts of America were still like that. This was a good thriller with a tense ending, you'll like it.
I should have cared about the characters of this book - some of them at least - but I didn't, I forced myself to listen to the end and the foe formula and the nice neat ending made it satisfactory but unfortunately that was the best I could say.
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