Name: Allan Winneker
Book: "Border Line: A Novel"
Printed by: AuthorHouse
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Story behind the novel: Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was shot to death in 2010 during a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico border. The horrific incident piqued my interest and I set out to raise awareness of the social and political issues surrounding the border between the United States and Mexico. The result is the fictional thriller, "Border Line."
Plot summary: In the story, border patrol agent Randall (Rusty) Powell is held captive by drug cartel members after they murder his partner in their attempt to smuggle drugs across the U.S. border. Richard Martinez, an FBI agent with a Mexican heritage, risks his life and career to rescue Powell from the cartel's violent grips. A devastating natural disaster and a dramatic turn of events bring the story to an unexpected climax.
First sentence: "The inexorably rising, early August sun, already intense and firing up the Tucson landscape at seven in the morning, broke through the bedroom blinds as Rusty Powell finished his shower and was shaving in the bathroom before heading down to the kitchen for breakfast."
Something that most people don't know about the border, but should: The fences really don't keep the determined people from crossing. There are tunnels dug and fence sections breached that keep the flow of illegal immigrants coming.
Opinion of the state of the border today: Customs and Border Protection does what it can to keep it secure. The agents do the best they can. It's a thankless, dangerous job.
Previous writing experience: Three other novels -- "The Expatriate," "Atlantic City" and "Two Islands: Terror in the Lowcountry."
Favorite books: "Pillars of the Earth" and "The Grapes of Wrath"
What's next: Some short stories, maybe, and spending more time enjoying the Lowcountry life.
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