This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Coffee Cartel by Paul Barrett is a thriller full of entertainment. Retired FBI agent Paul Pilot and his friend, Carl, are fishing buddies and their boat is out near Cuba. They are surprised when two intruders board their 55’ Hatteras at night. They are able to kill the intruders, which leaves a bloody mess to clean up. But what awaits Paul Pilot is far more sinister than two rascals jumping on them. He quickly finds himself embroiled in a deadly plot related to modified cocaine, highly addictive coffee, and very bad boys. This is a story about the dismantling of one of the deadliest and most dangerous cartels and the part played by a retired FBI agent.
The story is told in a captivating first-person narrative and it is strong enough to pull the reader in. I loved the way the elements of the setting come out in the writing, even at a bar, when the protagonist befriends the bartender and uses expressions in Spanish. Cultural and linguistic elements abound in the story and they add some flavor to the reading experience. While this is an action-packed, character-driven thriller, it has very strong hints of romance, following the relationship between Pilot and the beautiful Sara Sonata, the “Ebony Angel.” There is hilarity and the author has a strong gift for humor, which is one of the elements of style that augment the entertaining quality of the novel. The Coffee Cartel is written in exciting prose and readers will be engrossed as they follow the elaborately developed characters in one of the most dangerous operations. It is an exciting read, a real page-turner.