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5.0 out of 5 starsShannon Baker creates another great mystery
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
Michaela Sanchez wants to make everyone happy - her bosses, her husband, her daughters...maybe not her sister so much. Joining the Arizona Rangers seemed like the right move, until the murder of an advocate for immigrants is found murdered in the desert. Michaela has to track down the killer or killers, look out for an unknown corrupt Ranger, and try to keep her daughters safe and not so terribly angry at her all the time. There is danger, excitement, and mystery - and the desert will take its share.
The Desert’s Share - a clear view into the lives of the southwest border agents and the families trying to come through our southwest border. Outstanding description and suspenseful drama of agent Michaela’s work, ambition and home life. This is one of those books that makes you eager to read the next chapter in this agent's life.
5.0 out of 5 starsSHARON AT HER BEST A COMPELLING DESERT SAGA
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
This is a good view of the conundrum many face in dealing with human rights and the respect for our borders! A strong discussion of the various factors facing our Border patrol described in an exciting story. Well worth reading.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe interaction between the sisters and the eldest daughter was generally naïve, at best.
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
I really wanted to enjoy this book. I loved the the desert scenes and the main character. Unfortunately, the book oversimplified the situation facing both the border patrol and Mexican immigrants. This was further confused by adding in drug runners among the illegal immigrants trying to cross through the desert. While this certainly happens in real life, it complicated the story line because it divided our attention between horrendous outlaws and desperate people trying to make a better life for themselves and their family. I was not a fan of the interaction between the main character and her sister and between her older daughter. I find it rather questionable that a former cop and now border patrol agent would allow her daughter to place herself in such a dangerous situation.
If I could, I would rate this book 3.5 stars. There are some memorable characters in the book and the writing is superb. Please note that I received an advanced reader's copy of this book for an honest review. I have been reading for the SRP writers group for the last two years. My reviews have ranged from three stars to five stars. My reviews are honest. They reflect what I read and not the fact that someone sent me a copy of a book.
The plight of illegal immigrants is described along with the hard job of the border patrol to stop the immigrants from attempting to sneak into the U.S.
Michaela has recently graduated from the academy, been through orientation and is now out on her own to patrol the designated areas assigned to her. She is taunted by one of the officers who trained her during the orientation. He calls her ‘grandma’ since she is the mother of two teenage girls. She was a police officer before the girls were born. When they became more self sufficient, she decided to go back for training and applied for Border Patrol. Her husband took on the supervising parent role during the training period.
Michaela now faces a new job with its dangers and demands on her energy and her attention; her girls are voicing their displeasure that their mother is not home in the afternoons and now is missing their sports activities. Add guilt to the feelings Michaela is dealing with these days.
Author Shannon Baker describes the angst of the mother as she deals with the comments from the girls so well. As a mother, I had pangs of memories from the times my girls sparred with my feelings as they vented their feelings.
And that’s the easy part. Michaela’s job is dangerous, dealing with the cartels, the vigilantes, and the dangers of the Arizona desert.
I read the first book in this series, so I really wanted to like this one. However, for me anyway, it didn't manage to make me care deeply about most of the characters. Our border status is complicated, but no one in the book appeared to consider the big picture. They (except for the main character) appeared to have preconceived notions about the situations and other characters based solely on emotions. No reflection appeared to influence their stance. I grew weary of the one-dimensional reactions to one another throughout, particularly among the family members. I wanted to see a little more resolution at the end...a little more feeling of hope and a strengthening of relationships. Some of this occurred. I would have loved to see more. On the other hand, I was glad to see conflicting viewpoints expressed. The book certainly did not lack conflict - both external and internal.
What a wild ride! Ms. Baker did an excellent job of keeping me enthralled from the start of this book to the satisfying conclusion. She was also able to show the thought process and emotions of each of the main characters on a very current and volatile political issue in a way that differing opinions were shown from an objective and realistic perspective. The main character Michaela was likable and had real struggles, both personally and professionally, and was a character I could really admire for her work ethic and integrity. I received an advanced copy of this book from the author through SRP Mystery and Thriller Books, and am giving my voluntary and honest opinion. I recommend it highly and look forward to reading more of Ms. Baker’s books in the future.