The Country I Lived In

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After serving in the Korean War, John Lourdes decides it’s time to take a break. He buys himself a Packard convertible and sets off across the country. When his friend, Joe Mueller, calls him, tense and clearly upset, but unwilling to explain over the phone, John drives his Packard to Laredo, Texas. But the only thing waiting for him in Laredo was his friend’s dead body. John’s next stop is Mexico to see if he could find out any more about whatever business Joe had gotten mixed up in.

A spy story worthy of James Bond, with all the subtlety of an old Western shoot-em-up, this story twists and turns through government conspiracies and questions of loyalty. Though it primarily takes place in 1955 Mexico, this story addresses contemporary issues of privacy rights and a need for limits to government involvement. I guess there hasn’t been as much change as we might have liked since Cold War America, because I had to keep reminding myself that it was set well before my time—it’s all still relevant. Still, there’s more action than lulls to ponder on politics, so it’s a reasonably quick, forward moving read.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 280 pages
Publisher High-Top Publishing, LLC
Publish Date 2014-Apr-15
ISBN 9781567030617 Buy this Book
Issue May 2014
Category Historical Fiction


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