Kidnapped By The Cartel: A Novel Inspired by a True Story

Kidnapped By The Cartel: A Novel Inspired by a True Story

by Karen D. Scioscia

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BN ID: 2940015987874
Publisher: Hillcrest Media Group, Inc.
Publication date: 01/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
File size: 745 KB

About the Author

KAREN D. SCIOSCIA is a freelance writer, author and corporate executive speech writer. She writes a weekly column in the Charlotte (NC) Observer, is a Yahoo.com contributor and has had several articles published in magazines.

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Kidnapped By The Cartel: A Novel Inspired by a True Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gavinwb72 More than 1 year ago
Mystery. Drama. Intrigue... This is one novel you won't be able to stop reading! Skilled author Karen D. Scioscia... who is also a highly regarded freelance writer and executive speech writer... has written a gripping and riveting book that is inspired by a true story. As she mentions in the author's notes, this novel is "loosely based on my recollection, notes, photos, and interviews with various people and agencies involved during the time of the abduction of a family member". She's been there. She knows. And her attention to detail... the vivid pictures she paints of each scene and location... is what sets this novel apart from the rest. She is throughly experienced with her subject matter, and the intricacies and nuances of each character being portrayed come vividly to life within its pages. This is a very gripping and moving story that totally draws you into the storyline, for it's totally believable. Something that could happen to anyone of us, or any member of your family. That reality, and the realism of what transpires when a beautiful young American woman was kidnapped and confined against her will in Tijuana, will keep you both in suspense and transfixed. This young woman was drugged. She was tortured. She endured sexual assult. Every waking minute, she lived in constant fear for her life. And you'll be with her, every step of the way, through her terrifying journey. The U.S. State Dept. has warned repeatedly against non-essential travel along the U.S. / Mexican border, expecially in the vioent cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana. This book gives a graphic taste of what goes on behind the fence. Karen D. Scioscia has an excellent way with words, and is an amazingly talented writer. That cannot be emphasized enough. One read through of this incredible book and you, like me, will be waiting with bated breath for her next tome to be published. She deserves your support, and highest respect. Do yourself a favor, and give this book a chance. You won't regret it.
misswriter1 More than 1 year ago
Emotionally Intense! Kidnapped by the Cartel is a fiction novel inspired by a true story and should be a wake up call to all parents of young children especially those caught up in the drug and sex trade. The story is very well written and gives an emotional inside look into a family's frantic and desperate search to find their missing daughter. The author takes us on a horrifying trip into the bowels of the Mexican drug cartel where corruption, drugs, sex and violence prevail. A must read!
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
Kidnapped by the Cartel is a well-balanced blend of organized crime 101 and thought-provoking analysis of the current violence in Mexico. It’s an important addition to the current body of work on the criminal underworld that continues to spread its presence and influence north of the border into the United States. Readers will find themselves on the front line of this decades-old drug war that has finally crossed our border. This book is very well-written and highly relevant in today's world. Karen D. Sciosia is highly respected in this field and presents a wonderful insight. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants an accurate view of the single greatest threat facing currently facing our nation. She's been there. She knows. And her attention to detail... the vivid pictures she paints of each scene and location... is what sets this novel apart from the rest. She is thoroughly experienced with her subject matter, and the intricacies and nuances of each character being portrayed come vividly to life within its pages. Karen Scioscia's "Kidnapped by the Cartel" is a fast-paced story of suspense, and one that I was unable to put down. Scioscia has a skilled style of writing that leaves you at the edge of your seat and quickly turning the page to find out what happens next. The story creates an intimate view into the underworld of the Mexican drug cartel, a very real image of what horror lies within that organization. I highly recommend this book and hope there will be a sequel.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. First let me say that I was really impressed with this book, though I have to give it 4 1/2 stars instead of a solid 5. Even though this book is loosely based on actual events, but yet it felt so real. I loved how Steve and Diane never gave up even when Diane thought she would never see her daughter. While reading this book I can honestly say I really don't want to go to Mexico like I thought I would. The drug cartels run everything and it seems not to be safe for women. In Kidnapped by the Cartel, a young woman named Amanda has a huge drug problem which gets her into far more trouble than she would ever imagine. She ends up of course kidnapped and her parents will do everything they possibly can to get her back. While through out this whole ordeal of trying to find their daughter Steve and Diane seem to just drift further and further a part. I think something like this to me would want me to become closer to my husband no matter the problems. The storyline will keep you wanting to read more, and to find out if they will ever find Amanda or will she disappear into Mexico forever. Not only that you get to go through what Amanda was going through and thinking all while in the hands of those in Mexico. At times I wanted to shake Amanda and go 'You know what you are suppose to do, get off the stuff and try to get away.' Now to why I am giving this book 4 1/2 stars I had questions as to what exactly was the point of Diane's two brothers? You got little snippets as to their lifestyle but it didn't seem to make much sense of why you would have them in the story. I understand that one of the brothers knew someone named Greg (bulldog) and he gives the father some hints as to where Amanda was or is, but other than that there is nothing else. It was like useless information that really did not play much of a part. Now I am not sure if it was the copy I got, the formatting, or maybe even just the way the ebook was published. But it seemed as those every chapter started out like this example: CHApTER 16 D iane knew she had issues. I mean really? Things like that should have been caught or unless that is how it was suppose to be written. And towards the end of the book about three to four different times in the middle of a paragraph you would get either the author's name or the title of the book. I found that super weird, just something that did annoy me after a while. Also where the ending ended I felt a bit cheated. I would have liked to have learned what happened to Ice, did Amanda ever get off the stuff, did the Cartel ever come after her and her family. These are questions that I thought maybe could have been answered in the book. Overall it was a wonderful read that I found myself engaged in the characters especially Amanda and the story kept having me turn the pages to see what would happen next. This is a recommend read for those that enjoy true crime stories. There is reference to drugs and some sexual content but nothing that you have not seen on T.V. before.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Karen Scioscia has written "Kidnapped by the Cartel" from her own recollections and interviews following the kidnapping of a member of her own family. To write about the Mexican drug cartels and the dangers they create by feeding people's love of oxycodin, crack, heroin and other narcotics is one thing but to write a novel based upon what happened in one's own family is extremely difficult. Diane and Steve's only daughter, beautiful Amanda, is kidnapped and treated brutally by members of the Morales Family Organization, one of the biggest drug cartels in the Baja area of Mexico. For some time now, twenty-one year old Amanda had been addicted to drugs and in and out of rehab centers, and is abducted as she drives to Tijuana in search of a local drug store or farmacia to sell her a narcotic. Steve and Diane are frantic when after trying to reach Amanda's cell phone, the phone rings with an international signal and someone Hispanic answers and says in effect "She's mine, now!" Steve's sister Pam's husband Ben knows whom to contact and Steve gets in touch with Alberto Reyes, a retired detective and former California state trooper, who now works as a private detective whose speciality is finding people who have disappeared in Mexico. Steve's best friend Mike, a former Navy SEAL, is also involved in the search for Amanda. But can they find her before it is too late? "Kidnapped by the Cartel" is an eye-opener of a story! Karen Scioscia has created a first-rate novel that tells of Amanda Tate's brutal kidnapping. The characters of her parents, Steve and Diane Tate, her aunt and uncle, Pam and Benny, her father's friend Steve, Alfredo Reyes, the members of the Morales Family Organization and all other major and minor characters are well-created and add to the storyline. The plot moves to the story's conclusion as Steve, Mike and Alfredo continue their search believably and predictably. That people crave narcotics so much as to put their lives in danger is a great theme. "Kidnapped by the Cartel" is a story that needs telling and reading everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, very intriguing and very suspenseful I felt every agonizing moment that girl Amanda went through very well written and understandable for parents to require the knowledge about the drug lords and how they can capture human bings and treat them like animals this book should be in all public libraries to help educate our youngsters about the world of drugs how they can kill you I too have learned a lot from this book, TN