Amapola - Book Review
Alan Heywood writes a stimulating, though sometimes
improbable, adventure novel in Amapola. What I mean by
this is that the characters are seemingly very lucky or were
simply at the right place, at the right time. Yet, other scenes
are somewhat reminiscent of a James Bond movie. I liked
the humor Alan dabbled throughout the novel and admired
the strong female characters. This book certainly has a
heavy slant towards the importance of friendships and a
pro-Canada theme - which I loved.
George Magee, a retired Major, was never able to forget
Sakai, a Costa-Rican woman, who despite the number of
years that separated them easily stole his heart. He thought
that he was doing the right thing by leaving the young
beauty, but the torment in his heart was not eased by the
passage of time.
Now retired, he fills his days with an import-export business
that requires him to return to Mexico periodically to deal with
his customers. His emotional void is filled by his Sister's
family - since he does not have one of his own. Sadly,
members of a drug cartel heartlessly murder his
brother-in-law and young niece, and George is filled with
When the Canadian government requests George to assist
their war on Mexican drugs by using his business as a
cover, he jumps at the chance to strike out in revenge.
Fueled by his anger and his hopes of reconciling with Sakai,
George is taken on a thrilling adventure in and out of the
Author: Alan Heywood
Publisher: Zumaya Publications
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