The Bridge to Caracas : The King Trilogy

  • by Stephen Douglass
  • Narrated by Mathias Lenssen
  • Series: The King Trilogy
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Volume one of The King Trilogy, a truly amazing and gut-wrenching story.
How was an incredible $325,000,000 theft achieved using The Peace Bridge as a fulcrum?
It was a piece of national history. The story had to be told.
One of the largest and most audacious gasoline tax evasion scams in Canadian and U.S. history.
The perpetrator used The Peace Bridge, spanning The Niagara River, to facilitate his crime, and his private Cessna to transport the enormous fruits of the theft to the "safety"of a Cayman Island bank.
The scam netted an amount "that makes The New York State Lottery look like a Sunday school collection."
Cynical and remorselessly ruthless, the thief possesses a brilliant criminal mind, has enormous contempt for the law, police, governments, and the system in which they function. He assumes rules are for fools, and takes sadistic pleasure in breaking them.

The mechanics of the scam ( i.e. how such a gigantic theft was achieved)
The extent to which the lives of two star-crossed lovers were disrupted by this criminal
The character of the criminal, an unscrupulous individual with an absolute contempt for rules, the law, authority, and propriety
Why and how the story ended in Caracas, Venezuela
What happened to the fruits of his crime, and why
How much of the story is fiction, and how much is fact.
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3.5 Mixed Feelings

In the early 60’s in Toronto, Mike and Karen have bonded into soul mates, but Mike feels that his destiny is not in medicine as his parents have hoped, so Mike drops out of school and leaves Karen and his home on a solitary trip to discover his true career passion. Karen and a friend heads to Europe and finds herself on a hijacked plane. The plane explodes on an airstrip, and word comes back that there are no survivors. Mike discovers his passion in oil and returns to school to get an engineering degree, but he is devastated to discover the news about Karen and winds up finding solace with another woman at school, which leads to marriage. However, the news about Karen was incorrect and after she is freed from her hostage situation a year later, she discovers the news about Mike’s marriage. Meanwhile, Jim has come to Canada to dodge the draft and found a low-paying job pumping gas at a small station, but is soon introduced to a gas tax evasion scheme tied to international transport of fuel between Canada and the US. So, as Mike finds success wheeling and dealing for a major oil company, Jim is finding success in controlling a major fraud and theft gas conspiracy. However, the crossing of Mike and Jim’s paths become more impending when Jim meets Karen and convinces her to be his wife, a decision she comes to regret. This story is built around a major fraud issue that appeared to be strong in the oil industry along the Canadian-US border in the 60’s and 70’s, and the author is very knowledgeable in creating the thrilling and suspenseful actions arising out of this type of criminal conspiracy. However, the combination of events that separate and bring together the main characters often feel artificially forced, creating some inconsistency in some of the characters in order to build up the danger and thrills in the plot.

I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Mathias Lenssen was good with the delivery of the story
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Two stories in one book

The most striking thing about this book was how it was really two stories in one. The first half of the book focuses mostly on a short history of the oil business in North America from the '60s to the early '80s told using a fictional backdrop of two characters: one trying to get ahead in business the right way, and the other ruthlessly executing (or co-opting) whatever get-rich-quick method he could find. The other half of the book is a really great love story, with the first man trying to reclaim his lost love and the other jealously trying to keep what is his or punish the lovers who wrong him. When mixed together it makes for a most entertaining read. I would highly recommend giving this a try, particularly if the historical part interests you.
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- skinmaan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: stephen douglass