With no role in sight and nothing to lose, actor Lou Galloway leaves Los Angeles and heads to Mexico to drown his sorrows in cheap mezcal. But, after a round too many, he soon ends up at a grandiose wedding in the mansion of internationally wanted crime lord, Diego Flores, where Lou is mistaken for a rogue assassin known simply as El Flamingo. Before he can escape, he meets Maria-Carla, an enigmatic beauty with incredible perfume, and he inconveniently falls in love at first sight. When it becomes too late to turn back, Lou is swept into the dangerous world of Latin-American espionage, embarking on a journey that will take him from the desert fiestas of Mexico to the jungle-clad salsa bars of Colombia. To survive, Lou is forced to do the one thing he swore he would never do again-act.
However, as Lou assumes the identity of El Flamingo, he realizes that this may be what he was searching for all along. Maybe this was fate? Maybe this will be the role of his life!
El Flamingo, is, at its heart, a sunset noir in which the self-deprecating, soul-searching Lou Galloway takes on what every dreamer longs to attain-to achieve the impossible dream; to fight the unbeatable foe.
I’ve got to say, I’m very impressed with how fast I was sucked into this book. It usually takes me a few chapter to really get into a story, but Nick Davies did a fantastic job. He created a great, mysterious atmosphere. His characters are developed very well, especially the women. In some novels with a male protagonist, the women tend to be frail and hysterical, evil characters who use their sexuality to get their way or just mere objects. In El Flamingo, the women, such as Maria-Carla are neither. They are complex human beings; strong, smart, and witty.
I liked how engaged I got while reading as well. It was the same feeling I got when I was engrossed in a movie or a show. I even started laughing and shouting as characters did things, or missed red flags that I saw. I haven’t gotten that from a book in a while.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, intrigue and James Bond. El Flamingo launches on March 15th. You can pre-order El Flamingo on Amazon and you can also keep up with Nick’s works on his website, both of which will be linked at the end of this post.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/El-Flamingo-Nick-Davies/dp/1936411849?ref_=ast_author_mpb
Nick Davies’ website: https://www.nickdavieswriter.com/
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