Simon & Schuster, Jun 2003, 24.00, 371 pp.
When they reach the finish line of the New Zealand Eco-challenge, the military aide to the president, marine Major Darren Phillips plans to ask Kate North to marry him. Not long afterward, the duo are in Mexico for their honeymoon.
Kate persuades her husband to “break the rules” and kayak in a feral part of the country far from civilization. However, that takes them to a place where tourists, albeit even perfect physical specimens, do not want to travel without a platoon of Darren's comrades in arms. Drug cartel soldiers assault the duo though Darren and Kate manage to kill the first wave and steal a cell phone. The drug cartel needs that phone back as it is actually an encrypted satellite phone that the CIA and FBI, who have been tapping into it, also want back in the enemy's hands. Every time the duo uses the phone in their trek towards Vera Cruz, the device reveals their location to the assassins chasing after them.
FOUR DAYS TO VERACRUZ is an exciting macho (even with a female co-lead) action thriller that goes full throttle and beyond until the finish as the story line is all high octane energy. Characters from SHARKMAN SIX including the hero of that novel are part of the thrills so those fans of Owen West have more to cheer for the good guys. With a major death toll and a lead couple inhumanly ignoring or instantly healing from severe traumas while trekking in a hostile terrain, fans of this action adventures will want to join the courageous couple on their honeymoon.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner