Boy, is my face red. Well, not really, but it ought to be. When I first came across SPANISH EYE, I had that reader’s reaction – LOOK GOOD, ME WANT! I purchased it and added it to my TBR pile, fulling intending to get to it soon. But, as you readers know, there’s a lot of those LOOK GOOD, ME WANT moments in our lives. It was soon buried in a glut of both ebooks and hard copy ones. I don’t have an e reader, instead the Kindle app for PCs. Therefor, I generally have several books going at once, a couple when I’m at my computer and often a couple of hard copies(usually a novel and a collection of stories. So it might take me a bit to get through a particular title.
I got reminded of SPANISH EYE when I read a post about it on Nik’s blog, WRITEALOT. Co-incidentally, I was reading his vampire novel at the time and decide to stop off long enough to get to SPANISH EYE. I’m back on the vampire tale now and will report on it in time.
Leon Cazador is a half Spanish, half English private eye living and working in Spain. A holiday romance with a Spanish waiter didn’t end when his mother returned to England. His father pursued her there and they were married. With two siblings, Juan and Pilar, the family split time n their growing years between the two countries.
Leon joined the army, served in the Spanish Foreign Legion’s Special Operation’s Company, training in Fort Bragg(which happens to be located in my state, North Carolina), later joining Spain’s intelligence organization. As a result, he’s trained in all sorts of weapons and clandestine activities. Speaking half a dozen languages, he’s went on missions in Afghanistan with the CIA, served in the Spanish embassy, and it was witnessing the Twin Towers tragedy in 2001 that caused him to return to civilian life and set up his private investigation agency. He even has an undercover identity, Carlos Ortiz Santos, that he uses often in his pursuit of those criminal activities. His weapon of choice is an Astra A-100 automatic, which he will use if necessary.
The twenty-one stories in this collection cover a wide gamut. There’s the traditional crime stories(kidnappings, both human and animal, crooked politicians, car thieves, con men) and others of a different bent(smuggling of exotic animals, illegal aliens, endangered animals, terrorists). Some of the stories have a bit of humor, others serious. I had a fine time reading them. One had me smiling early and sobering up quickly by the end. The first story RELIC HUNTERS was especially good with Leon serving as a bodyguard for an old friend, an archaeologist that may have discovered the fabled lost Templar treasure. A rival archaeologist, less scrupulous, stands in the way. This one sets up all the rest in the book.
Well worth a look for those with a KINDLE HERE. Reasonably priced and I can tell you you won’t be disappointed. It’s also available in paperback.