Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: July 25, 2015
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some minor cursing.)
When Austin native Donnie Cuinn accepts a job as an associate in a Texas Panhandle law firm, his boredom and disdain for Velda, a sleepy Texas town, is forgotten when he gets caught up in a struggle over water rights, possible radioactive contamination of the nation's largest underground fresh water supply, and the violence of an invading Mexican drug cartel. Along the way, Donnie learns to respect the local rancher, whose brother is at the center of the troubles, and to come to terms with the violent death of his young Mexican wife.
The Antelope Play is the second book in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. I liked it just as much as Hero, the first book and maybe even more. It's a stand-alone novel and can be read without having read the first book, but I liked that I had background knowledge of Donnie and his family.
In this second instalment, several years have passed from where the first book left off and Donnie is not the happy-go-lucky young university graduate. Instead he is grieving the loss of his murdered wife, has left his career as a historian and on a whim has pursued a law degree from an obscure law school. He is a broken man who has settled in the Texas Panhandle as an associate in a law firm.
Once again, he is the underdog lawyer who takes on a case that becomes more complicated when it involves water rights, a government secret and Mexican drug smuggling. Along the way, Donnie begins the healing process and meets a woman who makes him feel he might be able to love again.
As in the first book, the author's experience as a lawyer and knowledge of Texas history, government and politics make this series an intelligent read. I am simply loving this series. I like the author's writing style, the cast of characters, the comical elements even as it tackles serious issues, and the twist at the end of the story. Regarding content, there are a few f-words and religious profanity, but not as much as the first book.
If you like John Grisham novels, smart plots and a memorable cast of character then you will definitely like this series. I'm currently reading the third book which I will review on Jan 15. You can also check out my review of Hero.
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Meet the Author:
Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.
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