Author – Eddie Cisneros
Genre – Crime, Urban Fiction
210 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 2/9/18
No. 06 - 2018
My Impressions: Suffering, death, murder, underbelly of humanity, drug dealers and addicts.
Antonio Pintero – fourteen-year-old drug dealer selling marijuana to school friends.
An apostate is a person who leaves behind his religious or political beliefs. Hispanicus lives up to that definition.
The opening of Hispanicus gives us Antonio Pintero as an adult lying in a slum hotel with a crack whore. His thoughts tell of a past life equal to that of a rock star with fancy cars, jewelry, and women. However, this book only covers his life from age five through fourteen. At that point the story ends abruptly as if the author tired of it and walked away. The ending failed to connect with the promise of the introduction. I assume there will be a follow-up book but there are much better ways to lead the reader to that intent.
The story presented is a character study of a boy born to a life of drugs and death. He is portrayed as a decent person who learns to live a vicious, deadly life with drug dealers and addicts while interacting with people on the fringe of that life. There is violence, deception and betrayal at every turn.
The story has no coherent plot line; it is a collection of snippets of happenings in Antonio's life and that of his cruel drug dealing step-father.
Cursing and talk of sex is abundant but not graphic.
The story has word editing issues in addition to it being written in street jargon with broken English.
Character development is good for Antonio and his step-father.
The plot takes the reader into the lives of the low-level street drug people as opposed to the drug cartel leaders.
The writing style is filled with extra words to achieve the language of the street people portrayed.
My rating of the book waivered between a 3.0 and 4.0 so I'll go with the higher rating but with reservations.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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