by Michael Glasscock III
Utopia, Texas is an action thriller, but it is also something more. It is a story of Monty Kilpatrick, a father who lost his son, a husband whose marriage hasn’t been the same since his son died, a former vet who couldn’t take the way some pet owners treated their pets better than their kids, and a game warden who used his job to hide from all the parts of his life that he couldn’t face.
This is a story of one man’s discovery of the holes in his life and how he can find a way to fill them.
You will read this as an exciting adventure, and then at the end think that it may have had another dimension to it.
Mr. Glasscock has written an exciting story that keeps you interested, but throws in some ideas to keep you thinking after you are done reading.
I give this 4 stars out of 5. Sometimes the writing seems a bit stilted, the dialog a little forced. Maybe the ideas that Mr Glasscock is trying to send to the reader are getting in the way of the flow of the story. But all in all a good story, and worth reading.
I received this book for free from Net Galley.
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
What happens when men of principle become men of violence?
In the quiet town of Utopia, Texas, life is simple. Monty Kilpatrick does his duty as a local game warden, catching poachers, smoking too many cigarettes, and trying to keep his marriage afloat. Most days he thinks about the loss of his young son and how to not be tempted to stray from his vows by one of the local girls.
But just across the border in Mexico, drug cartel kingpin Juan Diaz is running his empire with an iron fist. Utopia is part of the cartel’s main trafficking routes, and when Monty arrests Diaz’s brother during what he thought was a routine traffic stop, the men’s paths cross. In a moment, the formerly peaceful Utopia becomes a war zone.
Set in cartel haciendas and the rugged Texas landscape and featuring plenty of guns, explosions, and helicopters, Utopia, Texas pits Monty and Juan against each other, both bound by the opposing set of laws they’ve chosen to follow. In order to save his town, his wife, and his pride, Monty must be ready to lose everything he holds true.
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
About the Author
For the first eight years of his life Michael E. Glasscock III lived on his grandfather’s cattle ranch, about five miles south of the small community of Utopia, Texas. Michael decided to study medicine, and he graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School at age twenty-four. Nashville, Tennessee, was the site of Dr. Glasscock’s otology/neurotology practice, where he was associated with Vanderbilt University as a clinical professor, and where he continues to be part of the faculty as an adjunct professor. Dr. Glasscock retired from full-time clinical practice in 1997 and moved back to Texas where he continues to work as a consultant for three major medical device companies. He now lives in Austin, Texas, and performs surgery at the Glasscock Hearing Implant Center in Houston.