The premise of this novel is completely absurd. Lawyer David Sloane is on a camping trip with his troubled adopted son, Jake, along with his detective friend Tom Molia and his son. Jake, who has been in and out of trouble with the law breaks into a General Store, steals booze and a gun, and is later caught along with Molia’s son. Without any representation or even notifying their parents, they are convicted for long sentences in a boot-camp-style juvenile detention center.
There is nothing remotely realistic going on here in this novel. I would more readily believe that aliens could land and knock on my front door than what occurs in this novel. There is no way that a court system would exist that completely violates constitutional law in the way they handle juvenile cases like this. This court would last for about two weeks before higher authorities would come down and shut it down entirely, and debar the judge. A correctional facility like this could never exist in this country. In this litigious society, there would be a half-dozen lawsuits a week with the way they treat the children inside of there. Unfortunately, it only gets worse from there when the secrets of the bad guys are revealed. Spoiler alert – don’t read if you don’t want to get spoiled. For some reason the reader is supposed to believe that a micro brewery CEO of a multi-billion dollar operation would be willing to share his grounds with an illegal marijuana growing operation and then would risk using kids in the bootcamp as labor for the marijuana growing operations. The writing is subpar as are the characters. I would advise skipping this novel.
Carl Alves – author of Reconquest: Mother Earth