A gripping, gritty, action-packed crime thriller ripped from today’s headlines from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Beyond the beautiful beaches and elegant hotels lurks the squalor and crushing poverty of Rio’s notorious favelas. It is a dangerous, exotic world governed by a different set of laws and shaped by contrasts — beauty, violence, power, poverty, protection, corruption, faith and drugs. Here, in the slums of Rio, thousands of poor people face horrific choices every day. It’s no exception when sixteen-year-old Rio street kid Lucas Rocha meets Daniel Burke, a Brazilian-American businessman visiting from Boston. When Lucas snatches Daniel’s wallet in an act of desperation, it sets in motion a series of catastrophic events, and the lives of these two strangers become permanently … and dangerously … entangled. Facing down Rio’s powerful drug lords, both Lucas and Daniel are hell-bent to beat the odds and make things right. But what is right in a world filled with wrong?
Rating: 5 stars
Rio Street Kid Stargazer by Craig S. Wilson reminded me of everything I learned about other cultures and the people that lived in those foreign countries. It made me sad learning how poor and terrible the living situations are for most of the world’s population. This brilliant novel brought those realistic issues into a stunning read. Death, mystery, and danger all wrapped into one entertaining dark novel. The addictive yet sinister plot creates a thought provoking session into readers. More questions occur and the risks are high. Choices have to be made and just like chess each step could have major consequences for all. Craig S. Wilson’s masterfully woven tale brings readers a brother who struggles to support and feed his siblings after the death of their mother. Yet the final words from their mother leaves Lucas wondering what she meant. Lucas is faced with struggles no guy should have to go through yet food is a must. To get it he’s left with begging, stealing or selling drugs. This story is a fast read and one that will keep readers turning the pages. Overall, I highly recommend Rio Street Kid Stargazer to readers worldwide. The suspense and crime within makes it a must read.