Alan thought it would just be a routine flight to Columbia—fly down, drop
off the plane, and catch a flight back. But when the plane starts on fire, he’s forced
to make an emergency landing in an open field in Venezuela. Once he lands, he and his
co-pilot, a Cuban named Mario, leave the plane to burn as they head off to find a way
home—before someone finds them.
Alan and Mario head for the nearest city
and are on their way to safety when their bus is stopped, and they’re caught without
their passports. They’re almost immediately connected to the burning plane and accused
of running a drug smuggling ring. Before they know it, a routine flight to South America
has turned into an unending battle to stay alive in a world of smugglers, crooked
lawyers, and ruthless military men…
No, it’s not the latest Colin Farrell
action/adventure film—not yet, at least. It’s a new novel by first-time author, Alan
McTeer. Based on a true story, Red Zone has the kind of non-stop, heart-pounding
action that you don’t expect to find in the pages of a perfectly harmless-looking book.
And though I tend to bore easily when it comes to the same old adventure book/film, I
have to confess that I couldn’t stop reading Red Zone. The story is exhilarating,
the writing is clear and effortless, and the characters are so alive that they
practically jump off the page. The skeptic that I am kept thinking that there had to be
something wrong with the book—eventually, I figured, the action would slow down to a
crawl, or the ending would leave me frustrated—but McTeer didn’t let me down.
I’m sure that this first novel won’t be the last we hear from McTeer. In
fact, judging by the end of the book, I’m hoping there’s a sequel in the works.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Red Zone. This surprising new
addition to my Highly Recommended List will have you on the edge of your seat from the
first page to the last.