This action-packed international crime thriller takes readers into the slums of Rio de Janeiro, where thousands of homeless children face horrific choices every day. It’s no exception when sixteen-year-old Rio street kid Lucas Rocha meets Daniel Burke, a Brazilian-American businessman visiting from Boston.
Recently orphaned, the idealistic Lucas struggles to put bread on the table for his younger sisters and keep them safe while he earns a living on Rio’s unforgiving streets. Should he beg, steal or sell drugs to survive? When Lucas snatches Daniel’s wallet in an act of desperation, it sets in motion a series of catastrophic events, and the lives of these two strangers become permanently … and dangerously … entangled. Facing down Rio’s powerful drug lords, both Lucas and Daniel are hell-bent to beat the odds and make things right. But what is right in a world filled with wrong?
Craig S Wilson is a serial creative who has written 300 songs, three musicals, and three books. He published “Dating for Life” in 2013, a book describing the four keys to maintaining successful relationships. "Gig" is a historical fiction based on his passion for the exploding music scene of the 60’s and the wonderment of teenage romance. He will soon be launching ”RIO”, a novel about the quest for survival of a street kid named Lucas Rocha in the glorious and gritty Rio de Janeiro.
Throughout his entire life, he’s been passionate about almost anything that he does, as his mantra is “living life in crescendo.” Through his personal journey in finding the love and partner of his life, Melissa G. Wilson, he continues to pursue his dreams of creating beauty in the world and changing people's lives through his stories.
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Rio de Janeiro is a real city and Amigos dos Amigos is a real drug gang. It turns out that there was a real drug lord over Rocinha by the name of Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, known to all as "Nem." I didn't discover this fact until I was well into writing my book. Turns out there is a book just released on the man: Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, by Misha Glenny. For fifty years, Rio government paid no attention to it's slums until the advent of the World Cup and Olympics forced change. As Nem’s story shows, charm and horror coexist, as drug lords were cast as judge and jury over their favelas, and often became celebrities in the process.
RIO Street Kid Stargazer
Antonio Cruz Mendez was the Don of Amigos dos Amigos. Impossibly handsome in his gold-tinged wavy mane, he projected pure panache. His smile was as disarming as the shrewdest politician. Dez could also bluff like a world-class gambler, but no one dared put him to the test.