Is passionate love the transforming force that forges heroes? David Wilson James, informal adviser to the President of the United States about Latin American drug wars, faces certain death from AK-47 automatic weapons pointing at him by three assailants who have tracked him to the roof of a six-story office building in downtown Monterrey, Mexico. Unarmed, David has precious seconds to save the life of the woman he adores, who is standing to his side. In the streets below, demonstrators pack the vicinity of the Macroplaza to urge peace and restraint on the part of the Mexican Armed Forces who have staged a military coup against the democratic government of Mexico. David’s lover, Ana Valdez, has had much to do with the unrest that led to the coup. On the roof, will David be able to pull off the trick that will save Ana’s life?
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David, ex-CIA agent and co-founder with Ana of a youth-resistance group called the Zs, had never anticipated finding passionate love in Mexico with married business woman, Ana Valdez. Ana herself had surprises in life: She unintentionally became a living symbol, a national icon for the Mexican people sick to death of the corrupt government leaders who could not protect them from the bloody excesses of the drug cartels. While trying to hide their affair, Ana and David get sucked into the violent world that they are trying to upend.
In addition to the American President, their friends in high places include the generals of the Mexican Armed Forces who shockingly orchestrate the military coup. When they sequester the President of Mexico and most members of the Federal and State governments, David and Ana feverishly work with the help of the Zs to manage the chaos which ensues in Mexico. Things quickly take a desperate turn when El Gato, a capo in Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, personally targets David and Ana for his own self-serving purposes: He wants to exploit them in his mission to build a “narco-continent of North America.” The bedlam of civil disturbance in Mexico and in the United States as a result of the coup provides the perfect environment for him to accomplish his goals.
Redemption can only be achieved through blood and high purpose. Are the personal sacrifices of David and Ana sufficient to pay the ransom that will halt the advance of unconscionable evil? The Z Redemption cuts into the deep entrenchment of organized crime in the world we think we know. It shows the kind of courage ordinary people will be forced to muster in order to stop its cancerous growth.
The cast of characters includes leaders of international drug cartels; military commanders; young Zs like Enrique Santos who will fight for freedom and public safety; and Eduardo Ortiz, the crafty “king maker” behind the scenes of Mexican politics. In the center is David Wilson James, a man whose life of intrigue is book-ended by two passionate affairs with Mexican women who shape his extraordinary life. These are Annie Ortiz, Eduardo’s daughter, who is the ardent flame of David’s youth, and Ana Valdez, the younger woman of David’s older years, for whom David would give his life.
Let’s Not Just Be Heroes! Let’s Be Heroes Who Lead!