When Austin native Donnie Cuinn accepts a job as an associate in a Texas Panhandle law firm, his boredom and disdain for Velda, a sleepy Texas town, is forgotten when he gets caught up in a struggle over water rights, possible radioactive contamination of the nation's largest underground fresh water supply, and the violence of an invading Mexican drug cartel. Along the way, Donnie learns to respect the local rancher, whose brother is at the center of the troubles, and to come to terms with the violent death of his young Mexican wife.
|Publisher:||Katherine Brown Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Donnie Cuinn is back but it has been some time since Hero. He has pursued a degree in law and is not working for a prestigious firm in Velda. But he hates his job and is suffering from his time in Mexico. He ends up fired and moves to the small town of Antelope City where he starts his own firm. A local land owner comes in for representation. It seems that the government and his family are pushing him to sign over his water rights. Donnie’s prior firm represents the other side and is trying to push for a signature too. Something doesn’t seem right and as Donnie starts to dig into this case he discovered a lot more happening behind the scenes. I really enjoyed this story. It does start out slow but the further into the story you go the faster the pace. Donnie is suffering from what happened in Mexico. As we follow along with the present case we learn what happened in Mexico. I did not see that one coming. This story has several characters that you will either like or not in the beginning but the more you read about them your opinion changes. This is a great story and a perfect follow up to Hero. I can’t wait to see what happens to Donnie in The Monkey House. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
It’s some time later and so much has happened to Donnie. After leaving Texas and pursuing a possible career in historical studies, he’s back in Texas, a damaged man. His wife and her family were gunned down by a drug cartel and his guilt weighs heavy on him. Now a lawyer and associate in a Texas law firm, he marks the passing of time, hating the small town of Velda and losing all sense of direction. Fed up with his job he quits and sets up shop in his own office in an even smaller town, Antelope City, population: 1004. Things change quickly when a seemingly trivial case lands him in the middle of a water right’s case. I’m not really sure how much time passed between the first book and where we are now. A lot has happened and the author provided the information in just the right places. My curiosity grew as I learned why Donnie left Mexico and what occurred to send him, tail tucked, back to Texas. He’s different. More mature, yes. But bitter, disillusioned. I missed his easy ways and humor. As he digs into the new case, he starts to come out of his miasma. I caught glimpses of the character I was so fond of. This book isn’t fast paced. More like steady until you get near the end. It’s not packed with action. What makes it so hard to put down is the author’s writing. The descriptions of the towns, the diverse character’s and their antics, it all reads so easy. It’s fun reading even when not much is happening. It was like coming back home as I read this. Not sure quite what it was, but something had me loving this even more than the first book. There’s more intrigue, more scheming, sadness and humor. But, I’m thinking it’s Donnie. He’s the something extra. And what might happen to him is why I can’t stop reading this series.