El Flamingo

Fiction - Adventure
206 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

El Flamingo is a comedy spy thriller by Nick Davies. Frustrated with his acting career that seems to have hit a roadblock, Lou Galloway leaves Los Angeles on a trip to Mexico, hoping to clear his mind. However, after a drunken encounter with a stranger, Lou is mistaken for a legendary assassin known as El Flamingo and finds himself as a guest at the wedding of the daughter of international crime boss Diego Flores. He becomes infatuated with Flores' wife, the alluring Maria-Clara, who has her own secrets. When Flores asks Lou to assassinate a Colombian politician, Lou has no choice but to travel to Colombia with Maria-Clara. Soon, he is embroiled in a conspiracy involving international espionage that will test his acting skills to their limits. Can Lou step up to fulfill the role of his lifetime?

Imagine a James Bond movie, but instead of James Bond as the lead protagonist, you have a likable, struggling actor trying his best to navigate the treacherous world of international drug lords, demanding spy agencies, and covert operatives. This is exactly what you're in for with El Flamingo. Nick Davies' fast-paced and action-packed spy thriller is filled with romance, suspense, and bouts of humor, making for an enjoyable reading experience from start to finish. Lou is someone who, at first glance, seems like an idiot, but as the story unfolds, deeper layers to his personality spring to the surface that make you want to root for him. A thoroughly entertaining spy thriller.

Harshvardhan Singh Rajput

"El Flamingo" by Colombian author and journalist Andrés Felipe Solano is a captivating and insightful work that transports readers to the vibrant and mysterious city of Bogotá.

At its core, "El Flamingo" is a coming-of-age story that follows the narrator, a young man named Antonio Yammara, as he navigates the complexities of growing up in a tumultuous and divided city. Through Antonio's eyes, we witness the violence and corruption that permeates Bogotá, as well as the resilience and beauty that coexist alongside it.

One of the most striking aspects of "El Flamingo" is Solano's ability to weave together multiple narratives and perspectives. We are introduced to a wide cast of characters, including musicians, drug dealers, journalists, and artists, each with their own unique story to tell. Solano's prose is both lyrical and precise, capturing the nuances of each character's voice and bringing them to life on the page.

But "El Flamingo" is more than just a character study. It is also a meditation on the power of storytelling and the role of the artist in society. Antonio's own journey as a writer is woven seamlessly into the larger narrative, providing a meta-commentary on the act of creation itself.

Overall, "El Flamingo" is a rich and engrossing read that will leave readers thinking long after they've turned the final page. Solano's writing is both evocative and thought-provoking, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the complex and fascinating city of Bogotá, or simply in experiencing a masterful work of fiction.