"Are you an aficionado of the action-packed adventure? Then this is one story you should not miss! This fast-paced thriller will enthrall readers from start to finish. There is never a dull moment in the entire tale, and the action takes readers through some of the roughest, toughest terrain in South America. You are taken through jungles infested by snakes and jaguars, sleazy guesthouses and bars, and marinas full of gun-toting villains. The entire ride being undertaken to throw the drug world's most vicious and efficient killers off the trail.
Without Redemption is the third book in the Border Series by David Griffith, and is written in a fashion that can only be associated with a narrator of the highest capability. Cajoled into accepting a holiday for himself and his family by his employer, our hero's initial misgivings turn out to be well-founded, but even he would not have anticipated the frenzied turn of events that lead to a frantic race to escape torture and death at the hands of one of the drug world's most feared cartels. This cataclysm of events is set off after a brush with a rival gang unleashes a manhunt of a rare order, targeting our hero who in addition to carrying physical injuries, is further burdened by having his wife and infant son to protect as well.
The author expertly flits from one scene to the next, looking at the tale from the viewpoints of different players in the story, A few hero's, many villains, and a woman and teething infant enliven the adventure. Add a Sicario, who is hell-bent on proving himself worthy of his cartel and drug lord, and the suspense is complete. It is a tale of much suffering and heroism by the main character in the story, an adventurer of the highest capability and resourcefulness, and his every step will be looked upon with bated breath by the reader, who will be driven to read it from start to finish in as short a time as possible.
I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars, as it is a fascinating read, with hardly anything to detract from it.
This book will be very much appreciated by readers who enjoy fast-paced action adventures. It is also useful for those interested in the drug trade to get a fairly in-depth knowledge of how drug gangs operate. Although small in size, the action contained within the book makes it an ideal holiday read as well, for someone with a few hours to spare."
- by Mahhes A, Aug 2021
"The Fugitive (The Border Series Book 5) written by David Griffith is a fast-paced, action-packed novel with a riveting plot which tells the story of Lonnie Bowers, a Christian man with strong beliefs. Lonnie once worked in counter-intelligence for longer than he wanted to, working within the law to take down Mexican drug cartels and all the illegal activities associated with them.
After settling into his long-awaited and well-earned life of a cattle rancher, Lonnie slowly moves away from his previous life and dedicates himself to his ranch, his wife and three children. Lonnie ignores a warning that while he may have put aside his law enforcement days, the drug cartel bosses have not forgotten him and send their highest paid assassin to deal with their unsolved problem for a substantial fee. Lonnie takes it upon himself to find the person who paid the assassin to kill him and, in the process, encounters the most evil trade in the world, orchestrated by an enemy from his past life. With the grace of God and his wits, Lonnie saves two victims from human trafficking and a life of torture.
Gus, Lonnie’s brother, is killed and Lonnie becomes the main suspect. He hides out in the forest and mountains to evade capture but Corporal McAlister is hot on his trail and is not the type of man to give up on solving a case. With help from his long-time friend and previous boss, he dips back into the life of law-enforcement and drug cartels, something which he has no option but to do in order to save himself and his family.
The story and characters are well thought out and the book is expertly written. While the story is filled with action, intrigue and anticipation – the author does a fantastic job of including just enough religion to fit the story without the book becoming a Christian story. One of my favourite lines from the book is: “The difference between dying and staying alive is determined by one’s ability to outwait your enemy.” There are many other books in this series and I look forward to reading each and every one of them.
The author, David Griffith, lives in British Columbia where he is a cattle rancher and award-winning author. He has a working knowledge of ranch life and is well acquainted with the Canadian and Mexican landscapes. Follow him through his blog about ranch and border life on his website at www.davidgriffith.ca.
I have no negative comments to make and rate this novel four out of four. "
~Review by Adel Van Zyl for Onlinebookreview.org
"A normal life. An unaffordable luxury for someone who has both feet buried in the mire of dangerous undercover intelligence work deep in the heart of the criminal underworld. like drug cartels. After a considerable period spent in wading in perilous waters, of course, enemies eventually accumulate, the desire to get even paramount, waiting for the opportune time to pounce when it is least expected.
After years of doing counter intelligence work with a highly secretive private intelligence company, Lonnie Bowers decided to call it quits. He wanted a chance, a risk actually, at living a normal life in quite a normal setting but far from his possible enemies. He has three kids and his wife was a gem who supports him in everything he does. Their ranch located in one of the remotest regions of British Columbia was their safe haven. Lonnie thought he was safe, that his beloved family was safe, that the ranch's very remoteness would shield his family from the possible danger posed by his unknown and unseen enemy from a past he now tries so hard at consigning to a certain part of his memory. For a few years, there was normalcy. They were happy as a family, they were safe. Or so he thought.
In The Fugitive (The Border Series Book 5) by David Griffith, Lonnie's past caught up with him one unlucky day, while he was out in the meadows. A bullet grazing his chest caught him off-guard. In the blink of an eye, the safety of their home, their very location, was compromised. Despite a previous warning from Jesus, a Mexican who knew of his previous work, of a possibility of a Mexican drug cartel he may once have worked on, sending a hardened thug to take him out and blow him to kingdom come, Lonnie was complacent. True enough, the ranch became the hunting ground for a very dangerous, unmatched predator, an assassin named El Gato, hell bent on making the kill. Gus, Lonnie's brother who was at the wrong place at the right time, became a knight in shining armor. Complications however ensued when the local police got involved, and Lonnie eventually became a fugitive. His quest was to find his unnamed enemy before another assassin was sent, and beat him to it. The search for answers brought him to places, relentlessly pursuing leads to shed light to the truth.
Frankly, I loved reading novels with action-suspense plots, the kind that could keep me glued to the pages. I liked that in this particular story, the author developed every character with strength, specially nine-year old Conor and Clarissa, the wife. I like it when boys man up in the most dire circumstances. And of course a supportive missus added to the mix is perfect. From the very riveting opening salvo up to the equally satisfying conclusion, I was hooked. What's not to like in this book? Nothing, really. I am totally sold.
I'll rate this book a whooping 4 out of 4 stars. I'll recommend a great read like this to lovers of action-thriller genre. I am sure you will get the same adrenaline rush I had the entire reading session. So dig in!"
~Review by anjibunji for Onlinebookclub.org
"Lonnie Bowers, a former employee of Stirling Associates, whose job was infiltrating Mexico's drug cartels,survives an assassination attempt at his remote wild ranch in the far vast reaches of British Columbia. Saved by his cancer-stricken brother Gus, who shoots and presumably kills the assassin. Lonnie is now hit with the reality of his once haven, the ranch where he'd hoped he could protect his family and himself, no longer safe from the long arm of the vengeful cartels. After later returning to the site where his brother shot the assassin to get rid of the body and any evidence of his brother's involvement, he finds the body missing. And to add to his troubles, his brother Gus is later found dead, shot by a gun that the local police believe belongs to Mr. Bowers. To avoid wrongly getting convicted for his brother's murder and to find who sent the assassin Lonnie goes on a run. Hence, The Fugitive.
The Fugitive book five in The Border series by David Griffith is the first book of the series I've had the pleasure of reading and an opportunity to review. Most book series require you to have some knowledge of previous books before reading the latest one. That's not the case with David Griffith's The Fugitive. First-time readers will not feel lost or confused about the information presented in The fugitive. It quickly informs you of who our protagonist is, his previous life, his beliefs, and why he is currently living this kind of life. The book is engaging I love that about it. From the moment I read the first half of chapter one, I knew I would enjoy reading the rest of the book. Right from the first chapter David Griffith spirals you into a world of guns, assassins, enemies to watch out for, and a man with everything to lose. The first-person writing style used throughout the book just makes reading this book a whole lot better. The book also has a casual tone which adds to how worthwhile reading it feels. I am sure readers of the four prior books in the series know more about Gus. His relationship with his brother Lonnie, his drinking habits, and whatever awful things he had done in the past. Reading his atonement letters to all the people he felt he had wronged was touching. No one wants to die with regrets, so the fact that Gus left those letters for everyone was heartwarming.
As I've previously mentioned, The Fugitive is the first book in The Border series I've had the pleasure of reading, so take this with a grain of salt. There are so many things I loved about The Fugitive I honestly could rumble on, but however. Our protagonist before choosing an easy life of raising a family, protecting it, and all the business that comes with the ranch, used to infiltrate drug cartels. He's dealt with criminals and law authorities. In a word, he knows how both think. He makes it very clear he wants and is willing to do anything to protect his family and himself. But from the beginning of the book, he is making questionable decisions and mistakes that are putting the safety of his family and himself in jeopardy. This was my only spot of bother throughout the book.
Comprehensively The Fugitive is a crime investigation novel, action-packed, with great characters. It appeals to readers both young and old, specifically young adults and adults. Readers that enjoy a good crime investigation novel springled with a bit of mystery will love The Fugitive."
~Review by by Mclauren M for Onlinebookclub.org
"While many action novels run in the same vein of intelligence agents being hunted down by their enemies, The Fugitive raises the ante with well-written action sequences that are suspenseful. Similarly, it gives an element of crime-solving for the reader, especially when Bowers need to find out who killed his brother. Under Griffith’s creative pen, sensational moments of shootings and confrontations embellish this tale of a wrongfully-accused man trying to set things right and blend well with Bowers’ contemplation as the first-person narrator. The plot is riveting but not overdramatic. It is an action-packed novel with a heart and gripping enough to heighten your interest."
~V. Dublado for Readers' Favorite
"The scenery instantly comes to life in The Fugitive by David Griffith. I loved Lonnie Bowers, he made for the perfect hero. His values toward his family and those who were vulnerable were admirable. He was also extremely fearless and intelligent. I loved the advice he gave his son; to go for a walk and decide what type of man he wanted to be. The action was superb throughout and, at times, I could not see how Lonnie would escape alive. I especially thought the scene as he escaped the compound in Yucatan was really compelling. The dialogue through his confrontation with Faisel was extremely realistic and highlighted Faisel's warped mind brilliantly. There were so many twists and turns in the plot and the areas of conflict throughout were cleverly executed. I found the ending also realistic and the author chose not to take the lazy option and just write a quick happy ending. Instead, he created an incredible final chapter that was believable and gripping."
~L. Jones for Readers' Favorite
"David Griffith is obviously a witty and intelligent writer as he maintains readers' attention and connects all the different parts of the story to create a thrilling, cohesive narrative. I had a pleasant experience with the smooth progression of the story, the easy and flowing sentences, and the well-timed humor. One particular line caused me to burst out laughing: "The young cop’s eyes coolly appraised my lack of value in the food chain." The Fugitive is adroitly woven around the themes of Christianity, human trafficking, intelligence, family, and the cartel. It is one of the finest first-person narratives I have read as it projects the thoughts and actions of the protagonist in a very natural and relative way. Readers who love a non-stop, bullets-flying-in-all-directions narrative with a Christian theme will absolutely enjoy The Fugitive."
~F. Falaye for Readers' Favorite
Heart-stopping! These adventurers held me in their exciting grip from the first chapter to the last. I cannot wait for book 4 to see where this series takes me.
"Fans of mystery thrillers will love breakout author David Griffith's debut novel, Blackwater Crossing — the first book in The Border Series. As a national winner in the Deep River Books writing contest, this pulse-pounding thriller won't disappoint."
~Reader post from Amazon.ca
"Finished your wonderful book. What a pleasure it was. "
Good book! But this 2:00 a.m. stuff is killing me. When is there another?
Great story. I found I didn't want to put it down.
"I loved Blackwater Crossing. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's definitely how I felt about David Griffith's excellent debut in The Border Series. This book is a roller coaster of a ride, full of suspense and thrills throughout. Author David Griffith has done a great job in creating characters that his readers will be able to relate to and connect with, and will continue to think about long after the story is done. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Any reader who enjoys mystery, action-adventures or thrillers should definitely read this book. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more in this series as soon as I can!"
~Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite
"Blackwater Crossing (The Border Series) (Volume 1) is a suspense story but, more than that, it is a story of deep friendship and love. Lonnie is an almost finished rodeo star, Brian is his best friend. Together they fly in Brian’s plane from rodeo to rodeo. Clarissa was Lonnie’s wife, until the fatal night he was unfaithful. They both are still in love with each other, but just don’t know how to fix it, and if their marriage is fixable. Brian and Clarissa strongly believe in God; Lonnie is not so sure that he exists. The story is told by both Lonnie and Clarissa and we are privy to sharing their thoughts and feelings as they tell their story. When Brian is kidnapped and forced to fly drugs from Mexico, Lonnie sees no choice but to find him and bring him home, even if it means facing danger, threats and possibly death for both men. Clarissa, meanwhile, waits at home and suffers her own scary situations.
Blackwater Crossing was indeed full of suspense, intrigue and excitement. There was also love, strong friendships and emotional turmoil. I found it hard to put it down and neglected my chores because I just had to know what was happening next. David Griffith has created characters that were impossible not to like and not to cheer for. I am anxiously awaiting Volume 2 because I can’t wait to be part of the next adventure. I highly recommend Blackwater Crossing to all readers, young and old. Don’t pass this one up – it is a winner."
~Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite
"We shrug our shoulders and pretend we have no choice. However, we are wrong, and unless we stand against the evil, it will consume us."
Lonnie Bowers is facing the bitterness of life with a failed marriage, a once successful rodeo career that was now succumbing, a battered ego, and empty bank accounts. Right when Lonnie believes his life can't get any worse, it does. His closest friend and travel partner, Brian Besser, gets kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel. Putting his life at stake, it is up to Lonnie to fight for what is right. One wrong move could be the end of his life and many others. Lonnie must make it into Mexico without getting recognized and save his best friend before it's too late.
This book is truly an inspiration for those who refuse to stay silent against the injustice of the world. It encourages us to fight against evil and stand up for what's right. It is a motivation to not give up even in the darkest of hours. It shows how life is not always easy; it's filled with ups and downs. However, with the correct mindset and companions, you can always find a light at the end of the tunnel. Some of the obstacles faced by Lonnie might be relatable to many readers, which is hard to find in many books. Besides that, the character and plot development were also quite impressive.
However, I couldn't help but feel that the last few parts of the book were a bit lacking in terms of delivery. The final part of the book takes place in just a few days, making it filled with too much action and then sudden grief. Another way to make the story even more appealing would be to work more on the physical description of the characters. Doing so would create further and deeper bonding with the characters.
Viewing all aspects, including plot, character development, and delivery, I rate this book a solid three out of four starsThe book was immersive and engaging and was worth a read. Furthermore, I found the book emotional and relatable in certain aspects of our daily lives.
David Griffith's book Blackwater crossing is a roller coaster of suspense, keeping the readers on edge till the very end. It is the perfect book for fans of suspense and mystery. This book is recommended for teenagers and young adults as it's filled with action."
~Reviewed by Sana Amir for ReadersClub.org