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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Baja Air & Sea by Rick Zazueta is a work of thriller crime fiction centered around an unlikely and wholly reluctant billionaire and the evolution of a man who is pushed to the brink at the height of a career that was stolen from him. Julian Mayorca is blind-sided by a member of his own family and, within a matter of moments, his life spirals out of control, losing a lifetime of professional credibility. As the dominoes continue to fall, Julian's financial situation turns, as does the direction his life takes when a secret is revealed and the stakes are raised. Told in three parts with an omniscient point of view and time frames that converge in a creative style of plotting, the years of Julian's life and those who are both with and against him come to life in epic detail. “This isn’t a cat-and-mouse game, this is a *** tiger...”
Rick Zazueta is a master of authentic dialogue and the ability to parlay small actions into engrossing character development. Baja Air & Sea was set aside for a little bit after I initially picked it up, an ambitious magnum opus that sounded intriguing but I feared the density of the page count would sink the yacht on its own. The concern was misplaced. The action sequences race by without feeling trite and the revenge aspect is wrapped up in a good-guy-goes-bad plot that has been steeped in sex, alcohol, and money. A ton of money. The romance is equally delicious and depictions of where we are, who we see, and what we eat are equally so. Still, it is Zazueta's writing that tips the champagne bottle and I am really looking forward to whatever he puts out next.