Five Star, Nov 2003, 25.95
In Southern California, Miriam Valenica could have been the poster girl of kids having kids as she gave birth when she was a teen. However, the paternal grandparents of her child raise Shaun as their own. Thus Shaun grew up as the brother to his biological father, Billy Rose.
Miriam with the support of the Roses decides to inform Shaun on his sixteenth birthday that she is his mother and wants to spend time with him. However, just before he turned sixteen Shaun dies from illegal drugs. Billy blames drug dealer Mexican Joe. Miriam joins the US Border Patrol and completes her training before being assigned to Nogales, Arizona. The first time she meets Mexican Joe, he holds the weapons and she is illegally on his side of the border. Surprisingly he lets her go free. As she continues to thirst for vengeance, Miriam begins to see a different deadly side to Billy even as Mexican Joe rescues her again.
Though the twists seem slightly off kilter, HASTA MANANA is a fast-paced border patrol thriller. The story line is action packed with Miriam fully developed so the audience appreciates her thirst for vengeance and her bewilderment between separating the good from the bad and the ugly. Carolyn Wilkerson furbishes a solid tale that hopefully will lead to more tales of the border patrol.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner