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.