Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: FEDERALES by Christopher Irvin

Federales (One Eye Press Singles)From the back of the book:
Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.


My Review:
In a world where bodies attract bullets and politicians are targeted by police and drug cartels alike, one broken federale, Marcos, stands to oppose corruption and protect the voice firing back at the cartels from being permanently muted.  

Pain is paramount and mistrust in abundance throughout FEDERALES as Marcos finds himself whilst trying not to loose the life of his protection detail. Eva, a political force in the fight against the Mexican drug cartels and her young daughter are under constant threat with their lives symbiotic of all that is law and justice. Snuffed out, their deaths would send a murderous message to the broader populace, one Marcos hopes to avoid.

FEDERALES is a one sitting novella that has a feeling of overwhelming hopelessness and impending sense of death underpinned by bubbling violence. There's backstabbing, murder, pain, and sad endings; an honest and raw look at the cartel's influence on policing and their destructive reach.   

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