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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Someone in the movie industry should read Baby Love by Ronald Argo. This exciting, plot driven novel with all its twists and turns and colorful cast of characters would rivet thriller movie audiences. Yes, Baby Love is yet another of those books you can’t put down once you get started. Central to the story is reporter “Magic” Ray Myers, as he’s described by colleagues. Myers has a nose for a good story, the tenacity to get to the bottom of all things rotten, and a loving heart for those who deserve love. In Baby Love, those who deserve his love are babies and adults to whom life is giving, or has given, a raw deal.
The action in the novel kicks off with the discovery of several bodies left to die beneath a hot sun. A baby bottle found at the scene triggers Myers’ investigative instincts. Little does he know that what lies ahead of him is the loss of his job, being unjustly imprisoned and, once freed, a dangerous journey into the world of trafficked babies, killer border patrol and law enforcement officers, a narcissistic lawyer, and a corrupt, pedophilic government official. He comes close to losing his life in his attempt to rescue five babies to deliver them into the arms of baby-loving Maggie, who, like Myers, is central to the chaotic series of events that unfold in Baby Love.
It’s always good to read a book where the author really knows his material. Ronald Argo, the author of several novels, has an impressive background and brings much of his experience into Baby Love. Not only is he an award-winning newspaper reporter, but he was a military correspondent in the Vietnam war, and has worked as an aide in a psych ward. As a result, Argo’s knowledge of and sensitivity to human suffering and the workings of the human mind is reflected through the characters in this book, especially through his protagonist, Ray Myers.
Ronald Argo gives readers many realistic characters to both love and hate in Baby Love. Even some of the baddies, like Bubba, have a good side. Some are just all bad and get what they deserve. The fast moving chain of events keeps readers turning pages of what is quite a long, but never boring book. When the intricate plot comes to a thundering, satisfying close, you will want to check out what else Ronald Argo has written. This author is that good!