Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunblind - by Michael Mcbride

5 of 5 Stars    Review copy

Fact: "Since 2001, more than 2,035 bodies of illegal border crossers have been discovered in the desert south of Tucson."

Author, Michael McBride, starts with that information and proceeds to weave a terrifying tale of of an ill-fated group of border crossers trying to survive the elements, each other, and an unknown predator.

Christian Rivera is a Border Patrol agent and is the one who discovers the woman in the desert with lacerations on her chest.

"The cuts form words.  Clear.  Unmistakable.  Two words side-by-side, one beneath either clavicle.  The third across the tops of her breasts.
'All dead?  What camera?'"

We meet Maya Itzel Argueta Vsairi in the Mexican town of Altar.  It is here where she makes arrangements to cross the border and enter the U.S. illegally with more than twenty others. Most of the travelers are ill-prepared for what lies ahead.  Especially when the driver of the van they are crowded into drops them off in the middle of the Sonora desert with a trigger happy guide who seems to be clueless.

As what is supposed to be a 1 day trek across the desert, turns to three and then four, the undocumented aliens are without food and water and there is something in the desert night that is even more frightening than the elements.

In Sunblind, Michael Mcbride creates a very believable story of desperation with just an element of the unknown to add another layer of horror.

Sunblind will be released by Darkfuse on September 2nd and is available now for pre-order for both the Kindle and in paperback through  If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this one for FREE once it's been released.

Highly recommended, but not for the faint of heart.

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