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Official Review: Under Low Skies by Ed Teja

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Under Low Skies" by Ed Teja.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Welcome to Venezuela! Antonio Gonzales, a fisherman from Punta Tigrillo, a remote village, is found dead. Since the area is a hot spot for drug transactions, the police suspect that cocaine is the motive and arrest Tim Billings, a gringo with a troubled life. Martin Billings, Tim’s brother, is a former Navy SEAL who owns a freighter in Trinidad. He is a man of many talents, and he is willing to do anything to help his little brother. The only thing he can do is finding the actual killer as soon as possible. That is not an easy task because the hero discovers a lot of bag guys. There are many suspects, and he also questions his allies. Maggie, his former girlfriend, would do anything for Tim. But Veronica Lopez, a gorgeous lawyer who seems to know everything, is another mystery to be solved.

The story was told from Martin’s point of view, and I enjoyed his funny retorts. The writing style was engaging and full of Spanish terms that lent authenticity and local color. The characters were charismatic and relatable. I liked how the author described the relationship between Martin and Maggie because it showed a lot of information about the protagonists. Maggie was laid-back and wanted to keep their relation casual, without any labels. She enjoyed her freedom and loved sailing through life. On the other hand, Martin had a strong sense of duty and order instilled by his military training.

The book painted a very realistic image of Venezuela. I loved discovering the beauty of the Mochima National Park, the strong sense of family of the locals, and the delicious food. However, Ed Teja also revealed discrimination, corruption, and police abuse. The author introduced a violent world where the drug lords were untouchable, while the local police had a practical approach. They didn’t have absurd ideas like ending the drug business or conducting murder investigations. The officers only wanted to look good in the eyes of their boss and to please the population.

The novel tackled some important environmental issues like trashing the beaches and polluting the waters. The culprits were the tourists and the locals because of the lack of infrastructure and poor education. Also, big corporations did a little greenwashing by offering donations for protecting the habitat just for PR benefits. However, nobody was really interested in saving the area.

The only thing I mildly disliked about the book was the fact that sometimes the story was progressing slowly. The editing needs improvement because I found more than ten errors, mostly spaces around the special characters. In consequence, I had to drop a star.

Under Low Skies by Ed Teja gets three out of four stars for all the reasons mentioned above. The book was very engaging, and professional editing should fix the problems. Readers that want to know more about Venezuela and South America will be delighted. Also, the book is appealing to eco-conscious people or boats and sailing enthusiasts.

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This seems like an interesting crime thriller that addresses important issues centered around the environment and certain attitudes that harm it. Thank you for your great review!
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The book seems to paint a beautiful and authentic image of Venezuela, while also raising awareness towards environmental issues. Sounds great so far. Thank you for this wonderful review!
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NetMassimo wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 08:07 This seems like an interesting crime thriller that addresses important issues centered around the environment and certain attitudes that harm it. Thank you for your great review!
I hope you'll get the chance to read it! Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it!
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Laura Bach wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 09:03 The book seems to paint a beautiful and authentic image of Venezuela, while also raising awareness towards environmental issues. Sounds great so far. Thank you for this wonderful review!
It touches a lot of interesting aspects, indeed. Thank you for stopping by!
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This murder mystery seems quite interesting. I wonder if the actual killer was found. Thanks for this wonderful review!
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Elvis Best wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 11:31 This murder mystery seems quite interesting. I wonder if the actual killer was found. Thanks for this wonderful review!
I hope you'll get the chance to read the book to find out! Thank you for your comment!
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I like the mystery as well as the environmental issues addressed. Once the errors are cleared up, I think it is a book I would enjoy. Great job with the review!
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I loved the way your review drew the contrast between the author's descriptions of beauty and corruption; family and discrimination. Martin sounds like a very likable character. Thanks for the fascinating recommendation!
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You had me at authenticity and funny retorts. It sounds like quite an interesting story. Despite the editing, I should look into this further. Thanks.
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Prisallen wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 15:26 I like the mystery as well as the environmental issues addressed. Once the errors are cleared up, I think it is a book I would enjoy. Great job with the review!
I think you would :). Thank you for your comment!
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kdstrack wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 17:34 I loved the way your review drew the contrast between the author's descriptions of beauty and corruption; family and discrimination. Martin sounds like a very likable character. Thanks for the fascinating recommendation!
This is Venezuela, an amazing country! I appreciate your feedback; thank you for stopping by!
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kandscreeley wrote: 07 Apr 2021, 18:22 You had me at authenticity and funny retorts. It sounds like quite an interesting story. Despite the editing, I should look into this further. Thanks.
I hope you do! :) Thank you for your nice comment!
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An interesting crime thriller. So many mysteries to be unraveled by Martin. Too bad about the editing though. This book also brings out environmental issues into focus. That's a plus. Great review.
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shravsi wrote: 08 Apr 2021, 05:59 An interesting crime thriller. So many mysteries to be unraveled by Martin. Too bad about the editing though. This book also brings out environmental issues into focus. That's a plus. Great review.
I hope you'll get the chance to discover the killer yourself! Thank you for stopping by!
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