A struggling farm couple reveals extraordinary grit and determination when they find themselves pitted against an international cocaine cartel.
Ferguson’s first novel packs violence, murder, graphic sex and political intrigue into a high-action drama that swings between Canada and the Bahamas, with occasional detours in Columbia and Germany. Central characters Bob and July Green move from Canada’s North Country to Andros Island in the Bahamas as part of an experimental group organized to launch a farming enterprise. When they discover that the real purpose of the development is to rehabilitate an airstrip for cocaine trafficking, they embark on an attempt to destroy the drugs and reclaim the farming operation. What follows is Bob and July’s fight for survival against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the CIA, the FBI, local Bahamian government representatives and, of course, the Cartel’s army of hired killers. A good quarter of the novel explicitly depicts the rather depressing and degrading sexual practices of almost everyone, and this detracts from the main rhythm of the narrative. A few interspersed pages would have sufficed to illustrate the seamy rather than steamy practices of the drug lords, ladies and underlings. Bob’s voice opens the story, but Ferguson switches back and forth between third-person and first-person narration. As the tale continues, third-person narration takes over almost completely. The sweetness of the enduring love between Bob and July provides respite from the violence and keeps the reader squarely in their corner, and the storyline provides an interesting take on the many roads big money travels to thwart any war on drugs.
Not for the squeamish, but full of nail-biting excitement.