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The Rules of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake
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The Rules of Wolfe

by James Carlos Blake

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The Rules of Wolfe – Unique and Brilliant

James Carlos Blake returns with another outstanding crime thriller or as billed border noir with The Rules of Wolfe, which is simply unique and brilliant. This is a fast paced taut thriller whose prose is muscular and it literally drips from every page dancing on the edge of civilisation. The prose gives us very clear and strong imagery we get a thriller that is violent, dark, sexy and wonderfully exciting. No words are wasted and there is no padding out the story in 258 pages Blake delivers a knockout blow after knockout blow. This is a thrilling read from start to finish that brings in the Mexican cartels and American smugglers and everything in between and surviving in the border badlands when being hunted like an animal.

Eddie Gato Wolfe wants to join the family firm and quit college, but he keeps getting told no by the whole of the family. He just cannot wait he learns what he can where he can so that he can prove himself and the family still want him to go back to college and get a degree that will not help one iota with the job. He heads south from the Texas family base down to Mexico and finds a position as a guard of a compound out in the isolated desert for the head of a Cartel known as the Company. The Company is lead by La Navaja who has a reputation for being ruthless and a very long reach.

Eddie has been told what the guards can and cannot do; approaching the guests and the Boss is one of them. Eddie falls for a girl, but not any girl, the Boss’s brother’s girl Miranda. When they are caught together he knows his only hope of survival for both of them is to get out of Mexico and in to the States. Only problem being is that there are hundreds of miles of desert between them and freedom.

Being hunted by the Company he reaches out for help to get him out of Mexico and so begins a race against time for Eddie and Miranda can they survive will they get out? As they escape the body count goes up and the Boss pulls out all the stops to find them. Whether they get out in one piece is part of the thrill as Eddie and Miranda crash through the desert in their desperate hope of survival.

This is one of the most original and exciting crime thrillers of the year that delivers on every count for the reader. No punches are pulled it is bloody and violent a true mirror of life under the cartels in Mexico. The prose gives out the such strong imagery of the sights, sounds and smells of the survival when you are being hunted like wild game. The descriptions that Blake gives are so clear you could be seeing this on the big screen and the violence is so bloody yet exciting. Reading this will give you the regret that you hadn’t found this book earlier. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Oct 17, 2014 |
"The Rules of Wolfe" (RW) is somewhat reminiscent for me of "Day of the Jackal" and "The Da Vinci Code". Both were excellent chase stories, somewhat novel in their plotlines, and soon copied by a number of read-alike books. I feel RW is also very novel and well done and I rate it 4 1/2 stars. Eddie, a young man from the Texas border area, is working as a lowly guard for a Mexican cartel boss at his magnificent hacienda south of Caborca. Late one night, Eddie's interlude with one of the party girls is interrupted by the unexpected return of her kidnapper/lover. There's a fight, a dead man - the first of many, many, and the chase is on. Eddie and Miranda are on the run, the Boss vows he will have their heads as the dead man is his brother and a top lieutenant; he unleases all his resources at stopping them from crossing the border, more than 300 miles away. Airports, bus stations, and toll booths are heavily patrolled, and the escapees must resort to other modes of transport, including a particularly fascinating section when they join a group of "chickens" led by their guides toward a very remote Arizona crossing point. There are a number of encounters with bad guys along the way, and the headcount (pun) continues to grow. There is a lot more, the story is very inventive, and the flow feels natural - not relying on surprise and unlikely twists, but rather grit and determination from all the characters. The story was a tad too violent for my liking and hence it's not 5 stars, but if there is another "Wolfe" family book following this one, I will read it (there is a bit of a prequel, "The Country of the Bad Wolfes" but I will pass on that one for now.) ( )
  maneekuhi | Aug 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802121292, Hardcover)

Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe family of Texas gun-runners that goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in family operations and eager to set out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless La Navaja.

Eddie falls for a mysterious woman named Miranda, whom he learns too late is the property of an intimate member of La Navaja’s organization. When they're discovered, the violent upshot forces Eddie and Miranda to run for their lives, fleeing into the deadly Sonora Desert in hope of crossing the border to safety.

But La Navaja’s reach is far and his lust for revenge insatiable. He sends a horde of operatives and the notorious bounty hunter El Martillo after the pair. If La Navaja’s men don’t kill Eddie and Miranda, the brutal desert just may. Their only hope: help from the family that Eddie abandoned.

At once a riveting thriller and an inside look at the blood-drenched Mexican drug trade, THE RULES OF WOLFE is another classic crime novel from a writer Entertainment Weekly calls, "one of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life."

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"Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe family of Texas gun-runners that goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in family operations and eager to set out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless La Navaja. Eddie falls for a mysterious woman named Miranda, whom he learns too late is the property of an intimate member of La Navaja's organization. When they're discovered, the violent upshot forces Eddie and Miranda to run for their lives, fleeing into the deadly Sonora Desert in hope of crossing the border to safety. But La Navaja's reach is far and his lust for revenge insatiable. He sends a horde of operatives and the notorious bounty hunter El Martillo after the pair. If La Navaja's men don't kill Eddie and Miranda, the brutal desert just may. Their only hope: help from the family that Eddie abandoned. [This novel is] at once a riveting thriller and an inside look at the blood-drenched Mexican drug trade ..."--… (more)

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