- Title: Hostages of Vera Cruz
- Author: Grady Miller
- File Size: 599 KB
- Print Length: 113 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499545320
- Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Publication Date: August 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N49QBN4
- ISBN-10: 1499545320
- ISBN-13: 9781499545326
- Formats: Paperback and Kindle
- Genres: Mystery, Mystery/Suspense, Thriller, Romantic Mystery
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review which follows. *
And so it began…
Peter Vandervoort, a wealthy photographer living in Mexico with his girlfriend, Xochitl, take part in a photography exhibit presenting some of Peter’s photos from around Vera Cruz. One of the photos Peter includes in the show reveals a grainy image of a child being abducted which lends credence to the rumors circulating that organ trafficking is happening in the city. The photography exhibit fails and Peter falls into a deep depression over the rejection of his work; unaware that there are ulterior motives to the failure of his show. He has no idea what he has stirred up with that photo of the child abduction.
To bring Peter out of his depression, Xochitl suggests a trip to the local carnival. While they are getting ready to go to the carnival, Peter receives a telephone call demanding the photo of the child, including the photo negative. Visibly shaken, Peter keeps the negative with him and the couple attends the carnival. In all the gaiety of the carnival atmosphere, Peter and Xochitl end up getting separated. Peter becomes a victim of foul play, although Xochitl has no idea of what has actually transpired. She searches for Peter for days and is unable to locate him.
The suspense builds!
While Xochitl is searching for him, a drugged Peter awakens in the midst of the real organ harvesters where he witnesses the horrors taking place amongst Vera Cruz’s children. Realizing that he is next in line to have his organs taken from him, Peter escapes and makes his way back to Xochitl. Traumatized by the kidnapping, Peter blocks the experience. He just cannot deal with the abduction and the fact that no one cares what is happening to the children of Vera Cruz. Xochitl and Peter drift apart as the experience overwhelms him and their relationship. Troubled, Peter returns to Holland and the comfort of his parents.
Slowly, Peter regains control over his life. He travels to France on vacation where a chance encounter brings him face to face with his old girlfriend, Michelle, a journalist struggling to give her career a much-needed reboot. Peter divulges his experiences to Michelle and together the two embark on a chilling investigation of what is really happening to the children of Vera Cruz.
Part mystery and suspense, part love story, the Hostages of Vera Cruz will keep you guessing until the very end.
If you are drawn to romantic mysteries or thrillers you will love this novella. I found myself marveling at all the layers of romantic and suspenseful intrigue that surrounded the characters and their experiences. Grady Miller gives them breath with situations that mimic life in a real way. A novella at only 113 pages, I was mesmerized and could not put it down until all was revealed in the end!
Author, Grady Miller
Character Believability: 4.5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4.5
Reader Enjoyment: 4.5
Overall Rate: 4.5
About Grady Miller:
Grady Miller’s humor appears frequently in numerous publications, including the LA Times and his popular blog at www.canyon-news.com. In “Lighten up Now: The Grady Diet,” Grady urges people to ‘count the laughs, not calories.’ He is the author of a nail-biting thriller, “The Hostages of Veracruz.”
Make certain to connect with Grady through his Twitter @GradyMiller
And Facebook at www.facebook.com/grady.miller.58
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