The Antelope Play (Book #2 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series)
Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: July 25, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some minor cursing.)
When Austin native Donnie Cuinn accepts a job as an associate in a Texas Panhandle law firm, his boredom and disdain for Velda, a sleepy Texas town, is forgotten when he gets caught up in a struggle over water rights, possible radioactive contamination of the nation's largest underground fresh water supply, and the violence of an invading Mexican drug cartel. Along the way, Donnie learns to respect the local rancher, whose brother is at the center of the troubles, and to come to terms with the violent death of his young Mexican wife.
Meet the Author:
BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.
Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.
First off I want to let everyone know that I am reviewing this entire series so feel free to check out my other/upcoming reviews on the other books in this series.
After having greatly enjoyed Hero I was very much looking forward to The Antelope Play, which is the second book in the series. Donnie is back in the middle of trouble as his new job as an associate in a Texas Panhandle law firm, leads to him being caught up in a struggle over water rights and possible radioactive contamination of fresh water. As if the water rights were not enough of a problem there are also problems coming from the Mexican drug cartel violence. I admired the way that Donnie did not let himself drown in the problems that kept piling up, but instead managed to swim through them. While I did greatly enjoy this book I found that I prefered Donnie as the historian that he was in the first book.