John Parker is a Graduate-qualified English/Spanish Teacher, owner and director of CHAT ENGLISH, an English Language Centre in Avilés on the north coast of Spain . A voracious reader, he has particularly loved horror fiction for many years.
Montezuma. The untamed state. It is here that the story of Mai, a young
woman on the run from the law and the underworld. There is a price on her head
and she will be fortunate to maintain her freedom.
Her woes continue when
her car breaks down in a godforsaken town in the middle of nowhere. While she
is eating in a greasy spoon café, her car disappears. It’s the most important
thing in her life and she wants her Bronco back. Thus begins a long and
torturous adventure for Mai. She meets a lot of unpleasant characters although
she manages to find one ally called Slim, a laid-back bartender who Mai has to
try hard not to fall for.
Gustafson has written a
novel that is a fast read. It is written in the present tense which I found
distracting at first but easier to take as the story progresses. The story is
incredibly violent at times and the language quite ripe to say the least. On
the downside, I really could not work up any empathy for the characters, not
even the main protagonist. The bad guys Ricky and Leroy are fairly
two-dimensional while Slim is not interesting enough for my liking.
Nevertheless, if you are
not offended by the bad language, you could do far worse than read this.
Gustafson shows promise and has piqued my interest just enough to maybe check
out his next book, Neon Canyon.