Gripping: "Border Son" by Samuel Parker
about the book....
It's been years since Edward Kazmierski has seen his wayward son, or even allowed thoughts of him to enter his mind. The last place he knew Tyler to be was in an El Paso jail six years ago. Then, in one day, he receives a cryptic phone call from a woman that his son needs him, another from a federal agent searching for Tyler, and a terrifying visit from the Mexican cartel. The chain of events set into motion by one impulsive act will almost certainly lead to death--for Tyler and for those who try to help him. But before Ed can recover his son, he will have to tear down the wall that has been built up between them.
The dangerous streets of a Mexican border town come into sharp focus in a suspenseful retelling of the Prodigal Son story like you have never heard before.
"Bordon Son" is my favourite Samuel Parker book yet! The plot crackles with tension, and the action-packed scenes are balanced by some surprisingly emotional moments as well.
Parker's unique take on the story of the Prodigal Son is fascinating to read, as not only do we get a glimpse of what the son encounters, but we meet a father who makes grave mistakes but is given the chance at redemption himself. Of course, our Heavenly Father makes no mistakes and so in that sense the story may make a departure from the Biblical parable. But as a dad myself I certainly could relate with some of Edward's challenges and this made the story all the richer. If you are anything like me, Parker's novel will certainly leave you with much to think about!
It is easy for me to read about Mexico and the border in the media and get a one-sided portrayal that casts only a negative light on the situation in the south. But as I was swept up in the story of these characters, I came to appreciate the complexity of the situation, the tough choices that parents must make as their children are caught up into gangs or drugs or perhaps even the inner circle of the Cartel. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for these parents to find hope as their children seem all but lost. And of course the story of Tyler reveals that the decisions are equally tough for the parents and children on the American side of the border as those in Mexico, revealing that we are all, of course, people more similar than different, no matter where we live!
I highly recommend Samuel Parker's latest novel, especially for those looking for a well-written suspenseful novel that will not only entertain but linger on your mind. I award the novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.