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Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite
Van Horn by Jim Sano starts in the most unusual way with the main character being rescued from being run over in the middle of the road and the story unfolds from there. This makes a person read the book from cover to cover. It takes place in 2008 along the Mexico border with the United States of America. The main characters are Jack Russo, who is actually Jimmy O’Connell, Siena Connors, Juan, Father Miguel, and Father Jose Suarez. As the story progresses, you see how each character makes the story come alive with all its twists and turns. It is a theme that seems to be a favorite at the moment with the cartel wars, human trafficking, drugs, and arms running.
Van Horn by Jim Sano tells a story about the death of a family and the need to seek vengeance for those deaths. What makes it interesting is the fact that the Catholic faith is brought in and is loud and proud and an integral part of the plot. It really brought depth and insight into the story. All its simmering undercurrents throw many curve balls into the mix so that the end of the story is a complete surprise. The story is so well written that you find yourself reading non-stop from the beginning to the end as it takes you on so many different journeys until all dovetail into the final stages. This makes the ending exciting and makes a person believe in a happy ever after in this world of greed, feuds, and family disintegrations. Jim Sano has written a beautifully crafted, very interesting book that had me doing a lot of soul-searching. Thank you for an exciting and lovely read, especially when I found myself reading until 1 o’clock in the morning!