Jesse Langdon III accepts an offer he should refuse. He is lost in a deteriorating marriage and torn by the love for his children. He falls into the depths of the underworld, where unlimited cash brings corruption to the highest levels of government and the courts. It is near impossible to determine who is the assassin, the informant or the federal agent.
Once Upon a Nightmare takes readers on a wild ride into the upper echelons of drug smuggling in South America, Florida and New England. Jesse is consumed by the business of running drugs and sinks deeper into his own inner darkness. He and the drug lord's mistress, Claire, plot their escape. But who is she, really?
Two weeks' notice and a request for severance pay is not a recommended exit strategy from this web of deception and violence.
How would you get out?
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I received this book to give an honest review. The cover and the synopsis pulled me into the book and I was really excited to start it. You have this man named Jesse who is having a rough patch in his marriage but loves his children unconditionally. He gets a job offer that can change his whole life around. When he decides to take the job it appears to be more than he first expected and if he thought there was a way out well he is wrong unless it is in a body bag. At first everything seems okay he has an unlimited supply of drugs as his usage and lots of money, plus it helps he has a brand new look. Though when he starts being around others who work for Santee and are in his inner circle he starts questions what exactly is going on. Santee likes Jesse and his sort of thinking on how some operations should operate but not everyone likes Jesse and his ideas. Towards the end we see what Jesse will have to do to become a free man. This is an action book but I felt it lacked the full action of drug dealers. I mean there was no hold your breath moments of possibly being captured by police even if some law enforcement was in Santee's pocket and they kept the heat off of them. I guess when I imagine drug runs, guns and what not I want a lot of action not just medicore. The only time I really felt the action was towards the end and I kept wondering what would happen. The one character I really wanted to know more was the mistress to Santee. She was very mysterious and at the end we never know exactly who she is and maybe that is what the author wanted. The book overall was good, the characters were written to where you could connect in some ways with them. Even though it was a good book it was one of those stories I could put down and it was hard for me to fully invest in it as I was hoping for more. Give it a try though as you may enjoy it more.
When your home life is a mess, you have lost your purpose in life and nothing is working out the way it should it is easy for a smooth talking operator to convince you to do what under normal circumstances you would never think of doing. This is what happened to Jesse, an independently wealthy guy who loved flying planes. Luckily he was on a flight where the pilot and co-pilot didn't know what to do--Jesse talked them through it and they landed safely. But someone was observing this interaction very carefully! Santee, a well dressed man approached Jesse and thanked him for saving their lives. He asked if Jesse would take him in (Jesse's) plane on a tour of the coast of Maine for an exorbitant amount of money. The day turned into a week and then Santee asked if Jesse would like a job in his organization. Because he was bored Jesse ultimately agreed and that is where the action begins!!! Jesse figures out what kind of an organization Santee really runs and it takes all his ingenuity to try to get home again--will he make it? This book kept me going, I did enjoy it. Some of the political connotations and references I am afraid are very real--I just hope not as much as in this novel!!