Country of the Bad Wolfes: A Novel
James Carlos Blake. El Paso, Texas: Cinco Puntos Press, c2012. 456 pp. $16.95. 9781935955030
Friday, July 27, 2012
by: Ida D. McGhee

Section: Adult Book Reviews

Ida D. McGhee, Retired Hartford Public Library, CT

There are very few historical fiction novels that are this thrilling and suspenseful, rife with unforgettable, loviable characters.   Blake’s captivating saga full of treachery and adventure takes the reader on a journey following three generations of the Wolfe family from their pirate adventures in New Hampshire in 1828 to their exploits in the Mexican Revolution.  This captivating saga is entertaining, funny and often sad.  Identical twins James Sebastian Wolfe and Blake Cortéz Wolfe own parents cannot tell apart and the reader roots for these twins whether they are violently murdering the enemy in the jungle or seducing the help on the family’s grand hacienda.   A suspenseful page-turner weighing in at more than 400 pages, readers will always remember this astonishing epic tale.

James Carlos Blake was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas and Florida. He is the author of several novels and the recipient of many literary honors, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southwest Book Award, and the Falcon Award.

Highly recommended for all collections

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