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As their investigation exposes the jockey's role, they become embroiled in a conflict between two Puerto Rican crime gangs. One of these gangs is aligned for the first time with Boston's Italian mafia in tapping into almost limitless profits from the illicit trade of exotic and endangered species of wild animals captured in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and smuggled through the shoreline of the Florida Keys.
Working to free their client and to prevent the brutal abuse of these vulnerable animals, Michael and Lex find themselves squarely in the crossfire of rival organized crime gangs, from the barrio of Jamaica Plain, Boston, to the gang-dominated streets of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
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By Ronald Shaw on 07-18-18
Its a Shame How Easily Some Things Get Overlooked
This book points out through the main character's own stumblings how easily many things get overlooked. Even though the author brings to the fore the issue that inspired this book, the writing is skillful enough not to push a social agenda. Further, just when you think you understand where the book is going, another domino gets added to the pile.
Since this book contains many ethnic and economic cultures the narrator has to run a full scale of accents. Thankfully, he does each beautifully and flawlessly with differentiation.
A frequent saying in the book is the axiom 'The lawyer always goes home'. Depending on your perspective, the efforts of the main character to try to live up to this phrase can either look like a heroic triumph, a case of 'Out of the frying pan and into the fire... out of the fire and into the volcano....out of the volcano and what comes next?' or anywhere in between. Throughout the book the author drags into the light many things that people have heard about but would rather ignore. He also shows how people can be marginalized and isolated even within their native cultures. Conversely, he also shows what dedication, loyalty, and the earning of respect from the right people can do for a man, especially in times of need. This book is definitely worth listening to.
By Victoria Haugen on 07-15-18
PAGE-TURNER! GOOD THRILLER.
If you're an animal lover, like I am, it was a hard read in that regard, but otherwise a nail-biting thriller that I really enjoyed. Great story, great narration, definitely recommended. The book goes into great detail about this industry, and is very enlightening. Job w
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.