Monday, March 4, 2013

Sacrifice by Coral Russell

When Mexican drug cartels fight for control along the border, Juarez becomes the murder capital of the world.  In El Paso, Texas it's drug business as usual: a grifter sets out to buy her freedom, a car sales man runs drugs to make his fortune, a gang leader battles to rise among the ranks of the cartel, and a detective and his wife are ripped apart by a family secret.  Everyone's fate lies in the hands of an old woman.  Will she let the past die with her or take revenge the only way she knows how?  Sacrifice is a fast-paced, gritty story that'll keep you guessing, gasping, and gripping your eBook.

My Thoughts:

This book brought to mind that verse in the Bible about sins of the father "You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me," Exodus 20:5.

Coral did an EXCEPTIONAL job capturing the violence plaguing our Mexican borders.  I lived on the border for five years.  My land lord, a doctor, was captured by one of the drug cartels in a case of mistaken identity.  He was so lucky to make it back home with only a busted ankle and a threat to never enter Mexico again.  
I loved how all the different characters' stories intertwined.  I rooted for Roberta to get her "freedom" and for Duke to find some compassion.  Coral illustrated how sad it is that the Cartels and gangs have such little value for human life.  This book is a fantastic, pulse racing read.  The characters are pragmatic and wonderfully written.

About the AMAZING author:

Coral Russell lives in the southwest with her hubby, baby Godzilla sized kid and an adorable dog with which she shares a one-way thermal dynamic relationship. She blogs off and on at alchemyofscrawl - There you can find links to her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, and email.

Along with her brain buddy, Donna, she volunteers at The Indie Exchange - - a group of authors, readers, and book bloggers who post reviews, articles, and giveaways. Listen in Fridays to their radio show at
Ms. Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula. All profit from the sale of that eBook go to rebuilding Joplin, MO.

Titles available: Sacrifice, Amador Lockdown, Playing with Fire (Devil of a Ghost Tour and Key to a Haunting), Peace on the Peninsula (profit goes to rebuilding Joplin, MO), The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, Sweet Trade of the Red Coral and Twelve Worlds (profit goes to Reading is Fundamental).

Jeannette @ Walking on Bookshelves is NOT responsible for distributing the prizes. All prizes will be distributed by Coral Russell at


  1. Thanks!!! What a great review and post about the book. Anyone else here lived on the border and thoughts on what's going on? Sometimes I feel like we're the red-headed step child on this issue.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading this. I didn't have time to get started before the tour. Your review is nudging me to get reading:)



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