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Federales [PDF / EPUB] Federales Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert corrup Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status uoWhen Marcos's life is threatened he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician a woman who knows cartel violence all too well Despite his best efforts Marcos can't find it in his heart to refuse and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs Inspired by true events Federales is a story of survivors' compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever darkening circumstances.

10 thoughts on “Federales

  1. says:

    This somber novella examines the power that the cartels have over certain states in Mexico the futility of the efforts to stand up against them and the brave and passionate people that still try to do just that The book's main character Marcos is a tired and disillusioned federal police officer who takes a job protecting an outspoken anti cartel politician and her young daughter I love the idea of Marcos knowing that it's impossible for him to solve Mexico's cartel problem all by himself but believing that maybe the least he could do is protect this little family making up for his failures This too short book is best read all at once to soak up the imagery and dark atmosphere that author Christopher Irvin evokes in his to the point no frills prose that is still vivid and expressive It moves at a slow thoughtful pace until Irvin pulls the rug out from under you in the bittersweet final act

  2. says:

    Federales shows the talent of a writer who can carry a story with character and tone There is not the obligatory gunfire every third page but there is a growing sense of character trying to find a purpose in a world which just may not give two shits Subtle but lean prose and a plot turn that goes against conventions This makes it a bold story that doesn’t follow the generic script A hero in a world which doesn’t want one doesn’t play so well Instead isolation grows connections with the outside world severe and loved ones leave bit by bit until you feel the isolation of someone trying to do good in this moral abyss This is not a bubblegum action thriller but is grounded in reality and a main character who is part heroic part somber but incredibly human In the end you have to decide if the whole place is a wasteland or if there's some hope than can be born out of the rubble There is sometimes a great notion but the battle is still waging

  3. says:

    This slow burn noir thriller imbues the well known jaded cop character with fresh life and psychological authenticity before taking off like a shot at the end propelling the reader toward a harrowing climax This book will leave you definitely wanting Chris Irvin is a writer to watch

  4. says:

    The prose is direct the settings dark and dangerous the characters lost and compromised A wild ride Federales grabs hold and doesn't let go Out there in the shadows flesh is a commodity—and the traffic zipping past you is a flock of carrier pigeons spreading a disease

  5. says:

    I'm not the type to slap five stars on most anything but Federales isn't most anything It's lightspeed rough and gut wrenching Awful and leaves that feeling of grit all over you in the very best of waysKudos to Mr Irvin for putting together one of my absolute favorite stories of the year and kudos to One Eye Press for launching with such a strong piece Looking forward to what's next from both

  6. says:

    A contemporary carefully paced noir novella with an action packed ending set in the chaotic and corrupt world of Mexican cartels politics and law enforcement Well worth reading

  7. says:

    Federales a slim and precise novella with a control of narrative that Irvin so regularly exhibits in his short story output Focusing on Marcos a veteran of Mexico’s notoriously corrupt and violent federal police or federales Irvin paints a picture of a man adrift in the moral abyss of those who hold themselves up as the defenders of this torn and violent society Marcos is defined by his moral integrity in an organisation functioning immorally with bribes and pay offs and the leaking of information but comes to a crisis point where he can stomach the illegality rife in his department no longer and cannot sink to the depths of his colleagues’ actions He takes a job as a personal bodyguard to Eva Santos the former mayor of a small town on the Mexican coast who has proved herself to be a vociferous and outspoken challenger to the powerful drug cartels based on the real life political figure of Maria Santos Gorrostieta who was assassinated in Mexico through her condemnation of the cartels What follows is a poignant but ultimately tragic portrayal of Marcos’ endeavours to protect Eva and her daughter Clara from the the insidious reach of the most corrupt sphere of Mexican societyThe writing is defined by its sparsity and leaves said by what is evidently unsaid in the chosen narrative style and is made all the powerful and vital for it It is a moral tale without being preachy and a fitting tribute to those who seek to buck the status uo that the corruption and influence of the cartels wreaks on Mexican life A short but satisfying and emotive read

  8. says:

    In a world where bodies attract bullets and politicians are targeted by police and drug cartels alike one broken federale Marcos stands to oppose corruption and protect the voice firing back at the cartels from being permanently muted Pain is paramount and mistrust in abundance throughout FEDERALES as Marcos finds himself whilst trying not to loose the life of his protection detail Eva a political force in the fight against the Mexican drug cartels and her young daughter are under constant threat with their lives symbiotic of all that is law and justice Snuffed out their deaths would send a murderous message to the broader populace one Marcos hopes to avoidFEDERALES is a one sitting novella that has a feeling of overwhelming hopelessness and impending sense of death underpinned by bubbling violence There's backstabbing murder pain and sad endings; an honest and raw look at the cartel's influence on policing and their destructive reach Review first appeared on my blog

  9. says:

    Federales is minimalist noir at its best perfectly evoking a particular time place and atmosphere with the fewest words possible Irvin’s sentences are short and brutal like kidney punches hitting just where needed to have the most impact As soon as you get a handle on what you think the story is the status uo shifts drastically without warning The fact that he was able to render the enormity of Mexico City’s rampant corruption in less than two hundred pages is impressive alone That he was able to conclude it with a twist ending that felt both unexpected yet inevitable suggests that Christopher Irvin is a future master of the genre making his first contribution to what will hopefully be a long bibliography Those who enjoyed The Mongolian Conspiracy will find Federales to be a seuel in spirit if not in name Review by BH ShepherdCheck out from this review at LitReactor

  10. says:

    Christopher Irvin is a very talented writer There is no flash no glitter no nonsense Federales is a very well written novella The atmosphere is very solemn and dark After closing the book I had to just sit and let it sink in for a bit Please make sure that you read the Afterword It will give you chills I applaud Irvin for bringing this subject matter to a larger audience The story is about a Mexican federal agent that becomes tired of fearing for his life and decides to exchange that life for a life on the beach A friend finds him and convinces him to protect a female politician She is living in danger after taking on the drug cartel in her city Federal Agent Marcos Camarena finds himself right back in the center of violence as he protects the former mayor and her daughter I highly recommend this novella It will open your eyes to a problem that is alive and brewing in the world we live

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