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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Fox in the Lion's Den is a fictionalized autobiographical account of Dr. Hal Bradley's life, whose work as an undercover contractor for over two decades led to multiple drug busts, resulting in the capture of dangerous cartel members. After spending his adolescent years in Gualterio, Mexico, Hal enlists in the United States Army. During the 70s, he starts smuggling marijuana across the Mexican border. However, the turn of the decade sees Hal moving cocaine from Mexico to Canada. A long stint in prison follows, leading him to work for the DEA and US Customs, who hire his services to take down several cartel operations over the years. In the meantime, he becomes a pastor helping the homeless and less fortunate. But years later, the past comes back to haunt him once again.
An eventful tale showcasing the resilience of the human spirit, and how it can overcome overwhelming odds, The Fox in the Lion's Den is an engaging read from start to finish. Using a non-linear narrative that switches timelines through the decades, Dr. Hal Bradley tells a compelling story that you find yourself invested in all the way through. Due to the narrative style, the pacing can feel a bit slow at times, but it only enhances the slow-burn nature of the story. Hal's life is a thorough testament to never giving up and continuing to push through the lowest points in your life. If you're a fan of dramatized autobiographical stories, A Fox in the Lion's Den is just the book for you.