Monday, December 02, 2013

Legalize It?

Long-time friend of Fraters Mark Yost is back with the latest installment in the adventures of Chicago firefighter Nick Mattera. The Cartel:

“The Cartel” is Wall Street Journal author Mark Yost’s second installment in the critically acclaimed Nick Mattera Series. In the first book, “Soft Target,” former Marine EOD Tech turned Firefighter Nick Mattera and his crew from Highwood’s Station 37 took on a pair of Afghan Islamic extremists who opened up a whole new front in the War on Terror on the North Shore of Chicago.

In “The Cartel,” Mattera and his crew face a whole new enemy: Manny Banuelos is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s most-powerful, drug-trafficking organization. In a ripped-from-the-headlines story, Manny and his gang don’t just go away when a newly elected Libertarian U.S. President legalizes marijuana. Instead, they fight back, sabotaging government labs, blackmailing executives, and hatching a plan to control the world-wide drug trade. The only thing that stands in their way is Nick Mattera and his brave crew of firefighters, who are caught in the middle of this bloody turf war that’s erupted in the neighborhood around their firehouse.

With more and more states opting to loosen marijuana laws, the premise is definitely topical although it does require a certain suspension of disbelief to imagine a libertarian being elected president. I enjoyed Yost’s initial foray into fiction and look forward to see what he’s got cooked up for us this time around. And at $4.99 for the Kindle edition it’s definitely a deal worth sealing.