Fields of Wrath: Luis Chavez 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Following his ordination as a priest, Father Luis Chavez returns to the mean streets of his youth, hoping to put his past behind him. But the brutal murder of a worker in Ventura County's vast farm fields compels Luis to return to his criminal roots in order to unravel a massive conspiracy. Teaming up with Michael Story, an ambitious Los Angeles deputy DA, Chavez goes undercover as a farm laborer to bring down an immense human-trafficking ring tied to one of California's most prominent and powerful families.
Fighting to stay on the path of the righteous while confronting evil at every turn, Father Chavez finds himself in a battle of good versus evil, with the souls of hundreds hanging in the balance.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 34 minutes|
|Narrator||Timothy Andrés Pabon|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 01, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#229,880 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1,128 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,301 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,933 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
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The book left me wanting to know more of the back story, and how the operation with illegal workers had gotten set up. I hope to read more in this series in the future!
The book left me wanting to know how the operation with illegal workers had gotten set up. This is a fast, fascinating read. Once I got interested in the lives of the characters I couldn't put it down until I was finished. The action-packed plot leaves no time for it. It is an epic drama that takes you from boardrooms to barrios. In the slums of Mexico, grinding poverty and lack of opportunity feeds the criminal machine. There's just as much greed, jealousy, anger, and ambition in the families of the wealthy land-owners, but they find it easier to operate inside the law. They should. They own the politicians who make the laws. Any infractions are easily swept under the rug. I give my honest unbiased opinion to any purchase. You can buy with confidence.
I am not going to review the actual book as I hate when people give away the particular secrets or clues before I read it myself. I will give my recommendation which is if you like murder mysteries, this is one worth checking out to see for yourself. Good style to the writing and definitely makes you want to turn the page and see what happens next.
I was most pleased with the depiction of the Catholic Church and particularly the main character priest. The author manages to create religious characters that are rich and deep - with complex motivations. Instead of relying on the shallow 'fallen priest' or 'savior priest' tropes, these priests are sinners who struggle to actively listen to the voice of God and then follow His will in their lives - with varying degrees of success.
The exploitation of undocumented workers that forms the basis of the plot was challenging in that the descriptions and depictions were likely more fact than fiction. Overall, the idea that one man CAN make a difference is a good one - even if he does so at the risk of life and limb.
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I must admit I chose this book for this months Kindle First as I didn't fancy the others. I should really have read the synopsis a little more thoroughly as although I expected some reference to religion as the main protagonist is a priest I was a little surprised by the amount of religious content. I'll try to be fair as just because I prefer my reading to be fairly free of religion does not mean others do. There's action, some sex, lots of violence (not overly gory) and some swearing but in the midst of it all of that, at times, there's a lot of reference to the Lord or God. Sometimes it felt just plain wrong - about to jump into a fast part of the story and a female character tells the priest she's concerned they might kill him, the priest replies he has something much more important to ask her "do you believe me now that sometimes the Lord puts things in front of us?" Then he starts running repeating in his head thanks be to God, thanks be to God, thanks be to God.... There are numerous other examples, I do not mean to offend those that might enjoy religious fiction but I think it's only fair to point it out to others in order to give a review that may help you decide whether the book is right for you.
I have to admit to skip reading at times but I did finish it. It's quite a lengthy read. I think I'm being quite fair leaving 3 stars as at times it read quite well but overall it just wasn't for me, sorry.
Will certainly look out for the others in the series.
It's a shame really as Mr Wheaton is a decent writer but he needs to spend far more time in developing his storyline.