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The Border Lords (Charlie Hood Novel Book 4) (udgave 2011)

af T. Jefferson Parker (Forfatter)

Serier: Charlie Hood (book 4)

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Charlie Hood must determine if ATF undercover agent Sean "Oz" Ozburn--deep undercover supporting the "sicarios" of the Baja Cartel--has suffered a permanent break with his mission and his moral compass--or if he has his reasons for going "completely dark."
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Titel:The Border Lords (Charlie Hood Novel Book 4)
Forfattere:T. Jefferson Parker (Forfatter)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2011), 384 pages
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Sometimes you come across books that keep your interest but at the end you can't really say if they were good or bad. This is one of those books. The story, basically about an undercover agent that has been under to long ,is interesting. All the charters are compelling, save for the protagonist Charlie Hood. Everybody else in the book I can get a picture of in my head. Hood is just blank. Which is very odd considering he is the focus of a whole series of books. I'd recommend this book for days when you just don't want to think that hard and you want a good story. ( )
  norinrad10 | Aug 29, 2016 |
Eighteen months is much longer than the average law
enforcement offi cer stays undercover, but Sean Gravas
was so close that to pull him now would see months of
operational expenses go down the drain. Hood made
the decision to leave him in. He was working with gang members,
the North Baja Cartel, across the Mexican border to break a gunrunners
ring suspected of smuggling in a thousand machine pistols.
When all the gang members in the home are brutally slain, Gravas
appears to be implicated, so Hood solicits the help of Gravas’ wife
Seliah to bring him out of his undercover role as Ozburn even if it
means he has to face charges. Seliah notices changes in her husband’s
behavior, which the Blowdown team put down to the stress of being
undercover for so long, until she is threatened by the same viral
disease that is rampaging through both their bodies and is diagnosed
as rabies. Weeks from death, Seliah is placed in a coma while she
heals. LASD tries to convince Gravas that he too is ill.
However, this is more than just a story about undercover agents
on the Mexican border, drugs, guns and murder. Just who is the
mysterious priest, Father Joe Left wich? Recognized as a local drugdealer
and snitch, a.k.a. Mike Finnegan, who claims to have ridden
with Murietta over one hundred and eighty years ago and the truth
of the blood-transmitted disease becomes clearer.
In this fast-paced, action thriller Parker has once again demonstrated
the ability to keep his audience turning pages until the last drop of
blood is accounted for, and provides just the right twist in the end. ( )
  MarkPSadler | Jan 17, 2016 |
In my humble opinion, this novel was dreadful. There was nothing remotely believable or intriguing about it. In this novel an ATF agent goes off the grid and starts killing the bad guys he's investigating. And the reason why he went off the grid - he and his girlfriend had rabies that was purposefully given to him by a priest. The story line is so convoluted and there isn't a shred of believability to it. And to make matters worse, out of nowhere the author just throws in supernatural elements to it. If you're going to make a book a fantasy, then make it a fantasy. Don't have 95% be rooted in reality and then throw in fantasy elements. This is the first book I've ever read from Parker and it will be the last. Based on reading this novel, my assessment is that he doesn't have a clue as to how to put together a credible novel.
Carl Alves - Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jul 24, 2012 |
I've been reading T. Jefferson Parker's novels for 20 years and have always enjoyed his work. His realistic snapshots of modern and historic Southern California (especially Orange County) have always been spot-on. His characters are nuanced and complex, his settings are richly drawn, and his plots entertaining and believable. But, over the last five books, Parker has been faltering; this latest book is a disaster.

I've struggled with the characters in the Charlie Hood series. Everyone seems to be pretty much the same guy and I don't remember any of the characters from the previous books (except Charlie). Everyone is interchangeable, no one seems real, and I'd have no interest in hanging out with any of them. And what the hell do any of the women (Erin, Beth, Seliah - yet another set of interchangeable characters) see in the men? And why are the men all so sappy about these women? Who cares? They're all dumb, blind, id-driven boobs. And why the fascination with leather pants?

In the series, The Border Lords is the worst of the bunch. I spent about 100 pages yelling at the characters - you idiots, they've got [disease name removed to avoid spoiling the plot]! On top of all that I mildly disliked about the previous books in the series, the latest entry adds an extra helping of supernatural bullshit to the mix.

If you are thinking of reading this book, I implore you, pick up one his early books instead: Laguna Heat, Pacific Beat, or even the more recent California Girl. They are lyrical, Border Lords is a cacophony. Fine wine v. table plonk. Pate v. tinned meat. Platinum v. imported cadmium jewelry. Newport Beach v. Fallbrook. Pick your own comparison - no matter your choice, the Charlie Hood series just doesn't measure up. ( )
  justmelissa | Feb 19, 2011 |
You may read the entire review here: http://mybookishways.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-border-lords-by-t-jefferson.htm...

I'd like to start off by saying that I have been a fan of T. Jefferson Parker since I was about 15 and got my hands on my parent's copy of Laguna Heat, so about 20 years now. Since then, he's been on my autobuy, and he's gotten better and better with each subsequent release. He is a three-time Edgar Award winning author, and is frankly a master of his genre. You can imagine how thrilled I was when Dutton kindly sent me a copy of The Border Lords for review!

Gushing aside, The Border Lords is a wonderful, heartbreaking installment in the Charlie Hood series. The book opens with Charlie Hood observing three North Baja Cartel assassins on hidden cameras installed in a "safe house" set up by the ATF. In front of his team's eyes, the camera feed is lost and upon arriving at the safe house, the bodies of the three assassins are found dead. Suspicion is immediately cast on Sean Ozburn, and agent that has been deep undercover with the ATF for nearly 18 months. The only problem is, they haven't heard from Oz in 6 days. His only contact is disturbing videos and increasingly strange emails sent to his wife.

What follows is the hunt for a man that is spiraling into disillusionment and madness, driven by his frustration with what he feels is a hopeless cause. He is sick in body and mind, a good man who's faith has been tested time and time again. Yes, The Border Lords is a crime novel, with fascinating insight into the lives of agents that go deep undercover to bring down the murdering cartels running drugs,guns, and money across the border. First and foremost, however, it's a novel about the intense love between a man and his wife, and the bonds of friendship.

Parker is a master of subtlety, and what makes his writing great is in his beautiful dialogue, his use of setting and place (the stark beauty of the Southern California desert) to create a feeling, and the treatment of his characters, unflinching, raw, and sometimes heartbreaking. I read this book in a day and I highly recommend it to anyone that loves beautiful writing and a good mystery. ( )
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