4 out of 4 stars
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Things haven’t been going well for Andy Veracruz. His professional aspirations as a mariachi player are at a stand still. His love interest is giving him the cold shoulder. To top it off, some lady he met on the flight to Durango, Mexico has disappeared, leaving Andy holding the bag, literally. Throw in a pair of abandoned children and a vertigo episode and Andy finds himself in over his head.
I adored Dizzy in Durango by D.R. Ransdell! Living in Mexico myself, the authentic details and true-to-life Spanish snippets added refreshing realism to the book. Not only were specific brand names mentioned but also the whole attitude found here in Mexico was successfully woven into the storyline. I found myself chuckling a time or two in every chapter.
Andy’s character was delightfully flawed. Like a typical male, he ends up in situations entirely his own doing but seems puzzled about how he came to be there once the smoke has cleared. He seems to make some headway in his personal growth during the course of this story. I would be interested to read the next installment and see if he is able to follow through with it.
I didn’t find the other characters, including Rachel, Andy’s main squeeze, as fully developed. Of course, as the story is narrated through Andy’s eyes, readers only get to see things according to Mr. Veracruz and as I mentioned, he is far from perfect.
There were one or two typographical errors that I noticed, but nothing that impeded the reading overmuch. As I haven’t read the previous books in the series, there were a few things referenced in the course of this adventure that I believe I missed the significance of, like the importance of Andy’s komboloy beads.
Although the circumstances Andy finds himself are deadly serious, the author has chosen a more lighthearted approach to the telling which helps keep the reader from becoming bogged down in the horror of it all. Someone looking for a more intense mystery might not enjoy Dizzy in Durango by D.R. Ransdell as much for that reason.
I believe expats who have lived in Mexico would most enjoy Dizzy in Durango by D.R. Ransdell as there are a number of inside jokes. Those who have taught English in Mexico also have several reasons to be thoroughly delighted with this story. Finally, there is even a segment that would appeal to Preppers, creating a large range of potentially happy readers.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
Dizzy in Durango
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