The Coffee Cartel

Fiction - Mystery - General
312 Pages
Reviewed on 11/07/2019
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Author Biography

Paul Barrett is a retired production manager, Navy Veteran, musician; who has been Yacht Captain for over fifty years. He loves fishing out of Key West, Florida and sharing mysteries of land and sea.

    Book Review

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.