- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 784 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Stephen Douglass; 3 edition (9 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJ5GM14
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,092 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS: A DOUGLASS CRIME AND ROMANCE THRILLER SERIES (THE KING TRILOGY Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The pacing throughout is spot on and the story finishes in a satisfactory (if a little contrived) manner, but with the enticing possibility of future adventures – the book is the first of a trilogy. I have to say that such books are generally not my cup of tea, however it is so well written that I couldn’t help but enjoy it, and I am looking forward to reading book 2 at some point soon. Congratulations to Steve Douglas – you are a talented author.
The driving force of this fast-paced story, set in the 60s and 70s, is the cutthroat world of gasoline distribution among indie Canadian and U.S. suppliers primarily for the purpose of undercutting the majors and evading taxes. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake and greed and malice rise to the surface like oil on water.
Steve Douglas knows of which he writes. His career in the oil industry spanned 30 years working for two of the largest companies in the business before starting his own business. The complicated schemes of the players involved all have the ring of truth.
Caught up in this diabolical world are star-crossed lovers Mike King and Karen Taylor. They are headed for the altar but are separated by events neither could have imagined. When the two find each other again, both are married, but are still desperately in love with each other and know they always will. Unfortunately, the man Karen married, Jim Servito, is evil personified.
Servito is also the kingpin of the gas underworld and has no qualms about eliminating the competition anyway necessary. He is a character so vile that after reading a passage he’s in, you want to go wash your hands.
Mike King is also a small time gas supplier but an honest one. And he’s determined to get Karen back, especially after Servito brutalizes her. What ensues is a battle royale from Canada to South America, with the Feds joining in the fight. Who will come out on top is anybody’s guess. One thing is certain, there will be blood.
If you enjoy action packed thrills and adventure with a heavy dose of romance thrown in, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
You'll learn things you might prefer not to know about the end product: and when you consider the same obsession with profit and lack of concern for the consumer probably exists in every other business, it makes one seriously concerned about the end products we all use, consume or work with whether it be food, water, medicine, household products, whatever (Bhopal and Thalidamide, anyone?).
The storyline was well worked-out and well researched and had me wondering what I was actually putting in my tank the next time I filled my car with petrol. Pretty worrying.
If you're looking for a well-written thriller about big business, particularly the oil business, how they operate and the lengths they'll go to to wipe out any opposition, then this book should fill the bill nicely.
Highly recommended. Five stars.
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