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Publisher:  Greatunpublished ISBN-10:  1588986160 Type: 


Copyright:  Feb 1 2002

Romance and intrigue in Mexico: love of a beautiful woman, and the smuggling of Pre-Columbian artifacts.


Gary, a drop-out from UC Berkeley, flees with his pregnant girl friend, Claudia, to Mexico to escape the political turmoil and riots--and, most importantly, to avoid being drafted and sent to Viet Nam.

Now a fugitive, he loses Claudia, who has an abortion, and returns to the United States. In order to survive, he becomes involved in the smuggling of Pre-Columbian artifacts. Eventually he meets Pam, a beautiful blond from Beverly Hills, who further involves him in the smuggling of cocaine.

Finally, Gary is arrested. Though he escapes going to jail, he has lost everything: Claudia, Pam, and his money. All he has left is his desire to live, and the need to understand himself and the circumstances of his life.


Fear! Pursued by fear as though he were being watched constantly, his paranoia causing him to believe he attracted attention as an American traveling alone. He was even afraid to leave the boxes unattended in the back of the truck if he stopped at a motel. But he was also afraid of the questions that might be asked if he was seen unloading the big cartons from the truck and putting them into his room. That was why he had avoided motels.

He scratched the toe of his boot in the dry, pebble-strewn desert sand. His shoulders still ached from three days of steady driving. He felt dejected and listless as he said aloud, "This is a hell of a way to make a living."

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Monero 4 star review
Monero reviewed by Michael Anka This is a very different kind of a novel. Often times as I progressed through the book, gradually tuning in with the main character and his way of life, a deep sense of nameless nostalgia pushed me on through the pages. Without realizing it, I immersed into a new world of gentle apprehensions and insecurities of the most polished kind. What made it into a really good read was the writer's ability to subtly "zoom back" and galvanize the scenes with almost esoteric images of place and time, making you participate in the characters lives and concerns as they carved out a life in dangerous, at time passionate times. I much admire Mr. Baily's talent of smoothly blending the inner turmoil of his character with the world surrounding him, thus creating a narrow path where heart and soul join forces guiding the character through his precarious actions toward self-discovery. Defining a purpose for his life. A taunting challenge for Garry, the main character, as he is caught in several occasions between rocks and hard places juggled by his conscience. The author managed to seize "ordinary" events in people's lives and filtering them through his sensitive mind managed to turn them into powerful, real life characters bustling with passion and good-natured humour. The complicated romantic entanglements draining at times the character's energy charmed and touched the reader. Copyright © 2000 Michael Anka All Rights Reserved.

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