Police gang detective Tom Kagan has been seeking justice for more than ten years, leaving him a broken man. His only reason for living-the woman he loves and the badge he swore to uphold. When a man is brutally killed in a vineyard on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, California, it sparks a series of events that test what's left of Kagan's resolve to protect and serve.
Secrets from the past thwart Kagan's efforts to unravel a series of killings sanctioned from within the walls of California's highest security prison. From the lush vineyards of Sonoma County to the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, the detective must outsmart a killer who is moving in for one epic killing spree.
Leaders of the notorious Nuestra Family prison gang are fighting for power, a struggle that spills out onto the streets of California. Kagan joins forces with Special Agent Hector Garcia, a feisty supervisor of the Special Services Unit for the California Department of Corrections; Diane Phillips, a beautiful and hard-charging prosecutor; and Mikio Sanchez, a former gang member marked for death. Through the eyes of cops and gangsters, readers are able to glimpse the seldom seen workings of the gangster underworld.
Broken Allegiance is about treacherous lies, broken promises, and shattered lives-about life, death and a man's honor.
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An accident that killed his son, shattered Detective Tom Kagan's life. The offending driver, a gangbanger, ran from the scene and was never brought to justice. Now back from a temporary assignment with the FBI, he's once again hunting down gang members in Santa Rosa, CA. The author pulled me into the emotional turmoil that is Tom Kagan's life. Although he deeply loves his wife Sara, since the accident, he has shut down all emotion and is often remote from her. We see Tom with all of his warts. He drinks too much and is also a first class cheapskate who begrudges tips he gives to waitresses. Having been called out to the murder crime scene of Paco, a high ranking, seemingly untouchable, "all good" member of the Nuestra Familia (NF) street gang, he knows this could become a no holds barred fight within the gang, with innocent people getting hurt along the way. What he doesn't know is a gang leader named Ghost is calling the shots from his cell within Pelican Bay State Prison, CA. Kagan has a history with the Hispanic gangs since the accident that killed his son -- a bad one. His sergeant thinks he's a loose cannon who should be retired back to patrol, but the chief wants Tom in gangs. The detective has been receiving photographs of himself, his wife, and his partner's wife with the message: we're watching you. His partner, grounded in the spirituality of his Christian religion, is a sharp contrast from Tom's depression and rage. Kagan keeps knowledge of this surveillance from his supervisors out of fear he will be removed from working on gangs, which is where he gets intelligence with which to protect his wife. When Kagan and Hector Garcia, a gang expert with the Special Service Unit (SSU), visit Ghost in Pelican Bay, the gangbanger taunts Tom. He says he was the one driving the car that killed Tom's young son, years ago. Agent Garcia has to hold Tom back. Ghost screams at Tom, "You're a dead man." After an assault on Ghost in the prison, he's transferred from Pelican Bay to a community hospital, from which he escapes. Now the gangbanger is hunting Tom Kagan and his partner Detective Bill Stevenson. There is an emotionally wrenching scene where Tom and his wife go to his partner's home for dinner, unaware that Ghost lurks outside watching the house. Bill reads his young son a story and then he and Tom listen as the boy says his prayers before bed. They have no clue there is evil lurking outside. It is obvious the author has personal, career experience in law enforcement with gangs. He is totally successful in getting across how senseless gang violence is, that nobody gets out alive from a gang. Regardless of the demand for loyalty by the gang, there is no loyalty within. Eventually every gang member is killed by a rival gang, or by a stronger member of his own gang who seeks power. This novel is well written and readers who are thrilled by a good detective novel will love this one's authenticity. Nike Chillemi (having trouble creating a pen name)
Wow! Mark has outdone himself with this novel. I have enjoyed all of his books, but this one is a crowning achievement. This crime-drama is so well written that you can easily imagine the scenes as you read. The story builds and builds and builds to an action packed ending. This could easily be adapted to screen! Hollywood are you paying attention? I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys crime-drama and police procedurals.
Mark Young wrote a book that I could not possibly put down. His background in law enforcement is evident throughout the story with the knowledge he shares about gangs and how they are brought to justice. With all his knowledge, I was easily able to understand both the good guys and the bad guys. The inside knowledge of gangs, both on the street and in prisons, was amazing. This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters develop perfectly throughout the novel. There is a lot of action to keep the reader entertained. I recommend this to readers looking for a suspense filled, action packed novel.