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5 STAR RATING by Divine Zape for Reader's Favorite

Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite- 5 STAR RATING
An enticing political thriller, Slay the Dragon: A Novel by Laura A. Zubulake opens with a gruesome murder case, a nameless body of male in his mid-thirties, with his tongue cut out, and his throat slit open. The reader is quickly introduced to César Rosada, a descendant of peasant stock and a former athlete, a politician now determined to bring about change and improve the living conditions of the working class. As the Minister of Finance, he is on a campaign to fight corruption, the misuse of public funds, and policies that rob the common people of what is rightfully theirs. While he is poised to meet the opposition from the upper class, he can’t foresee the drug problems looming ahead. He soon finds himself in more trouble than he’d thought when he started his campaign, with ruthless men who will stop at nothing to see that he fails.

This is a beautifully written book and readers will enjoy the fast pacing, the great dialogues and Laura A. Zubulake’s confident writing. The story gives a compelling exposé on the world of opioids and how users get to the point of taking these, plus the general effect of the drugs on society. The author weaves strong social commentaries into this story, creating a social and financial setting that is real. As one reads through this well-plotted and expertly written story, one can’t help but think about how a handful of people can hold the destiny of millions hostage, a reality that is happening in today’s US political landscape. While Slay the Dragon: A Novel is interesting and entertaining, it offers a lot of material for readers to think about, and characters like Zacarias, Carlos, and the protagonist who are really memorable. There is a fragment of each of us in this intelligently plotted story.


César Rosada is on a crusade. Descended from generations of coffee farmers, the former professional athlete turned politician is determined to improve life for the working class of his country. As Minister of Finance, César is committed to righting decades of corruption, crime, and misguided economic policies, and defending progress made in the fight against the illegal drug trade. He anticipates resistance from those with money, power, and vested interests. However, he now confronts a burgeoning challenge—America’s opioid epidemic. This deadly crisis poses more than the usual conflict between law enforcement and organized crime. It is a complex and insidious challenge with pervasive and deep-rooted origins. César’s adversaries intent on maintaining the status quo conspire and threaten everything for which he has worked. The stakes are high—a reversion to the days when drug syndicates rule, politicians collude and profit, and the people remain hopelessly trapped in a cycle of poverty. César is conflicted, but must decide on a course of action. Weighing choices between what is perceived as right versus wrong, he pursues a path that for some is morally ambiguous.