The Wall

Fiction - Social Issues
420 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2021
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Author Biography

David Pereda is an award-winning author who enjoys crafting political thrillers and mainstream novels. His books have won the Lighthouse Book Awards twice, the Royal Palm Awards, the National Indie Excellence Awards, and the Readers Favorite Awards twice. He has traveled to more than thirty countries around the world and speaks four languages.

Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, Pereda had a rich and successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, and Qatar, among others.

A member of MENSA, Pereda earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned Bachelor's degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He loves sports and has won many prizes competing in track and show-jumping equestrian events.

Pereda lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

The Bertrams and the Jimenezes were two families that lived in El Salvador. While the Bertrams operated a thriving restaurant, Domingo Jimenez operated a repair shop. Both families had dreamed of moving to America, but they were doing okay in El Salvador until the maras (gangs) struck. Each business was mandated to pay an outrageous fee or risk being vandalized, with members maimed, raped-–the whole nine yards. With the potential rise of this fee, there’s only so much a business can take before it folds. Refusal to pay meant going against the gangs and giving up their lives. They activated the American dream once again, taking different paths. However, the road to the promised land was filled with pricks and thorns. Will the two families make it to America? Find out in The Wall by David Pereda.

The Wall by David Pereda is a tale of survival that will appeal to just about everyone. It strikes the intersection between the “haves and the have-nots.” The plot was unique, almost a smooth dance between fact and fiction. I enjoyed reading this book because it was very realistic. This is the story of almost everyone that envisions the American dream, especially from impoverished or third-world countries. David told the story and developed the characters so well that I connected with them. Moreover, the novel made me question how much I will sacrifice for my loved ones to have a better life than I do. Thank you, David, for a beautiful story, flawless editing, and stylish writing. This was such an emotional read, and I had tears in my eyes when I finished. I hope Nancy has a story because I’d gladly read it.

Foluso Falaye

In a popular Salvadoran neighborhood, Thomas and Cecilia are being harassed by a gang that threatens to kill them if they fail to give them money from what they earn in their restaurant. Domingo and Blanca are another couple who are being harassed by the thugs as they own a repair shop in the same neighborhood. Forced by the danger they face at home and motivated by the prospect of a more comfortable life, the two couples embark on a perilous journey to the United States. The Wall by David Pereda is a highly suspenseful story about two families who go on two different journeys to the USA and experience several daunting challenges along the way: terrible living conditions, lethal natural and man-made barriers, and hair-raising encounters with the border patrol.

The Wall is like a delicious, freshly prepared Mexican meal—a burning, spicy, and sweet sensation! The book had me on the edge of my seat, frightened for the characters, and eager to reach the end. David Pereda gives readers a vivid picture of the story with attention to detail and information about things like night-vision goggles, passport requirements, the pattern and structure of a river, and more. The story is packed with different themes and inclusions that make it more enthralling: wealth, stardom, the film industry, sacrifice, veteran characters, empathy, corruption, and education. My favorite part of the book is a character's speech about how people forget that the United States was built by immigrants from different countries who came to seek a better life. David Pereda's book is perfect for readers who love stories about overcoming physical barriers and life-threatening obstacles.

K.C. Finn

The Wall is a work of fiction in the drama genre. It is aimed at mature readers due to the presence of some scenes of violence and was penned by author David Pereda. The book follows two families living in El Salvador, both with dreams of saving up to emigrate to the United States. When a local gang expands into their area and tries to extort money from them, they are forced to flee their homes and seek asylum instead. The journey to their new home is a dangerous one, and the decision to enter the country by any means necessary could cost them their lives.

The Wall is a book that will challenge you, the reader, to confront quite a few ugly truths about the world we live in. I should state this upfront not as a warning but as an encouragement. David Pereda is an author who understands that ugly truths must be confronted, and through this book, he tackles a very tragic reality for a lot of people around the world. This story is an incredibly necessary one in the post-Trump era, and it is handled with the balance of harsh reality and tact that one would expect from an experienced author. The characters feel like real people and their struggles and fears hit all the harder for it. The Wall is, quite simply, a book that you cannot afford to ignore. I strongly recommend it to all readers; it has the power to help you understand what to many will be an incomprehensible part of the world.