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Enrique Castillo's Dead of Summer Book Review

The actor/filmmaker/writer pens a nail-biting thriller as Sheriff Gabe Luna tracks down a serial killer

By Elia Ezparza, LatinHeat/Latinowood
Published on LatinoLA: August 15, 2016


Enrique Castillo's Dead of Summer Book Review


"The Dead of Summer: You Can't Escape Its Reckoning" dedication reads: "To all the women that have suffered so much along the U.S./Mexico border and women throughout the ages that have never received justice. This is for you."

Actor/Filmmaker/Writer, Enrique J. Castillo, has penned an Impressive first time novel, which quickly grabs readers and takes them on a nail biting odyssey of evil and good -- a story manipulated by plots of betrayal, psychopath murders and criminal activities and threats that undocumented immigrants crossing the Mexican border encounter on a regular basis.

The characters are clearly defined, especially the women: "Daylight," "Inez," and the victims hit hard. Castillo brilliantly presents the antagonist, Jack with a tinge of empathy while detesting his evil cruelty. Protagonist Gaby Luna, a sheriff and skilled desert tracker, works day in and out haunted by the echoes of human suffering and violence against women -- mujeres whose only crime is crossing the Mexican-U.S. in search of a better life.

The story takes place between the U.S. Imperial Valley in southeastern California -- a valley bordered by the Colorado River to the east and the Salton Sea to the west -- and Mexicali, on Mexican side, in Baja California. It is a hub magnet for human trafficking by unscrupulous men -- murderous criminals -- and a few rogue dangerous and violent Border Patrol Agents -- even one who is a serial killer.

By the way, in case you're wondering about the author: He is the same Enrique Castillo who is most recognized for his role as Montana in the Taylor Hackford film, "Blood In Blood Out," and for his recurring role on Showtime's "Weeds," where he played the lethal Cesar. A consummate thespian with dozens of primetime TV and film roles, is now the author of a novel packed with twists and turns where he mixes reality and mythical folklore-- and for the mystery-thriller-suspense-horror genre love readers, "The Dead of Summer" is visually appealing.

In other words, you're gong to love it!
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