Review: Camaro Run, by Sam Hawken

1 Jul


I just loved this novel. (I guess at 93 pages it might technically be called a novella, but it sure felt full-length and complete in every way).

Remember I reviewed Hawken’s Juarez Dance back in February and I loved it too but I went on and on about how surprised I was that not much happened plot-wise throughout most of the book, yet it was still very interesting and captured my attention from the first page? Well, that is not the case with Camaro Run — this book is all about plot, movement, action. Things happen constantly and there is no time to pause or take a breath, the reader can only read and then watch as the action appears in his or her mind’s eye. The writing is just so visually striking.

I love the character of Camaro Espinoza and look forward to reading more about her (Hawken is creating a series of books staring this character and this is the first one so far). She is beautiful and cool and smart and heroic and good. She rides across the desert and the streets of Las Vegas on a Harley Heritage Softail Classic (the same bike I once owned!). A chance and random sexual interlude happens right away and leads to horrible danger for Camaro that immediately involves a female police detective (another great character) and vicious and very scary Mexican drug cartel thugs. Boom.

See what I mean: lovely woman on Harley/Vegas/gambling/sex/theft/murder/threats of horrible violence/flight from criminals and the law — constant movement and excitement.

With Juarez Dance I also complained about numerous typos (which were subsequently fixed). With this book I only noticed one proofing error. One. Not too bad, I’d say.

I think that someone in Hollywood needs to read these Camaro books and create either a movie or a Showtime/HBO/Cinemax-type TV series based upon this character. That would be very very good.

2 Responses to “Review: Camaro Run, by Sam Hawken”

  1. Sam July 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    A proofing error! Damn it! I can’t win!

  2. Gareth Spark July 4, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Great review of a great book, Mike. You really got to the heart of it.

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