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Title: Silver Lead and Dead
Author: James Garmisch
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 06/29/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: Ex CIA agent Evan Hernandez knows the odds of seeing a kidnaping victim again and alive, no less, is about zero. When a family friend is kidnapped in Juarez and his brother asks him to be his alibi so he can travel to pay the ransom, Evan proposes to go in his place. After all, he has nothing to lose. Perhaps through his own sacrifice he will finally find redemption. In Mexico, Evan stumbles quite literally into a conflict between an ambitious cartel leader with a desire to reshape Mexico and a government sponsored mercenary outfit run by an ex-CIA agent from Evan’s past. Dark Cloud’s mission is to create a vacuum, destroy the Eastern Cartel and control the remaining crime syndicates. Evan finds himself immersed once again into a life he knows too well, the same life of deceit and danger that cost him his family decades earlier in Columbia. Silver Lead and Dead takes you on a journey into the terrifying world of the narco. Mexico is collapsing. The leader of Dark Cloud uses two ghosts from Evan’s past to recruit him, a mission involving a submarine sale, and the man who killed his family.
What can I say about Silver Lead and Dead? The book is interesting – set in Mexico in 2010. Juárez to be exact. It centers on an ex-CIA agent with a past who is in town to deal with a family friend’s kidnapping. Of course, that past comes back to haunt him a bit when he runs into another ex-CIA agent.
Silver Lead and Dead is a bit slow at times, but don’t let that fool you. The book has more than enough action to make up for the slow parts. Even the best books always have a few slow parts to them. I can’t really tell you any more than that without giving too much away – but know that the action more than makes up for any slow parts. I do want to caution those who don’t speak Spanish – there are a few phrases in Spanish that may leave you a tad bit confused. If that happens, re-read the sentence or paragraph – you’ll probably get the gist of it from the context of the rest of the sentence or paragraph.
I can’t really say that I have a favorite character in the book. Evan and Nathan are both ex-CIA and, to me, more paranoid than anything else. After all, when we first meet Evan we see exactly how paranoid he is about whether or not he is safe. Nathan is really only paranoid once Evan comes on to the scene and frankly he annoys me with how worried he is about what Evan is doing there. But obnoxious characters aside, Silver Lead and Dead is a good read.