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22 September 2016

Kurt Kamm & 'The Lizard’s Tale' @GoddessFish #CrimeThriller

Today we have author Kurt Kamm visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Malibu, California resident Kurt Kamm has written a series of firefighter mystery novels, which have won several literary awards. His newest novel, The Lizard’s Tale, provides a unique look inside the activities of the Mexican drug cartels and the men dedicated to stopping them.
* Kurt has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, as well as the ATF and DEA to write fact-based (“faction”) novels. He has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He has also attended the ATF and DEA Citizen’s Academies. After graduating from the DEA Citizen’s Academy in 2014, he began work on The Lizard’s Tale.
* Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years.

A look into...
~ Blurb ~
* Kurt Kamm has written a novel that's a literary crime novel, with a strong thread of non-fiction running through it. The Lizard's Tale is a tale of crime—with an a wide-ranging cast of characters.
* When the DEA goes up against the Sinaloa Cartel, an orphan and an endangered lizard are caught in the conflict. The action moves from Guatemala to Mexico to Catalina Island off the coast of California.
* Alejandro, a middle class Guatemalan, wants his share, and makes a deal with the cartel. Now he’s risking his life to deliver the goods.
* El Dedo, a brilliant financier, is the Sinaloa Cartel’s banker. He worries about what to do with the billions of dollars collecting dust in his underground vault.
* Ryan, a DEA Special Agent, needs to make a high profile case to get a promotion. Is the big yacht headed for California carrying a Mexican drug shipment?
* Kate, a wildlife officer on Catalina Island, smells smoke. When she heads out in the middle of the night to investigate a fire, she makes an astonishing discovery.
* Jorge, an orphan from the streets of Mexico, is abandoned in the United States. Will he find his way back home and track down his mother’s killer?
~ Excerpt ~
* The General’s tank was near empty. Alejandro stopped and took down one of the red plastic gas containers. After he filled the tank, he extracted the second of the three bottles of beer from his cooler. “Bienvenido a Mexico,” he said aloud and held the bottle up in an imaginary toast. The beer was warm, but he enjoyed it anyway. He had overcome the harsh Guatemalan roads and crossed the border safely with his cargo. Now all he had to do was survive the trip through Mexico.
* Ahead of him lay 2,500-kilometers on Mexico Highway 200, the main road along the Pacific Coast. The trip north would take Alejandro past Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan before reaching Culiacán. The condition of the road itself had been the challenge in Guatemala, but that was not the big risk on the journey ahead. Highway 200 was a winding, two-lane paved road. The real danger was what Alejandro might encounter. He had been warned not to travel at night. Drunk drivers, livestock, pedestrians, and unlighted farm equipment were some of the lesser hazards. The real threat, day or night however, was robbery and hijacking, and he had read several reports of travelers coming upon roadblocks set by bandits armed with machetes and machine guns, decked out in bulletproof vests draped with hand grenades. Alejandro planned to keep moving and cover about 800 kilometers. By evening, he hoped to reach Acapulco.
Buy The Lizard’s Tale here...
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Find Kurt Kamm here...
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Thank you for joining us here today, Kurt Kamm! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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16 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

clojo9372 said...

How long on average does it take you to write a novel?

Kurt Kamm said...

Good morning CR and thank you for hosting me and my new novel THE LIZARD'S TALE. I write what reviewers call FACTION - which is fact-based fiction. This story is fiction, but you will think it is very real

I have a number of great characters. One of my favorites is Gina, a main character, who goes through a lot of men. I guess you could say she's a female predator. There is also Maria Gabriela, a stunning Mexican prostitute who is trying to find a sugar-daddy before she gets too old (30)

I hope some of your readers will read the book.

Best wishes from Malibu CA

Kurt Kamm

Kurt Kamm said...

CR - can't figure out how to respond to comments here.

Hi again Clojo - it takes me about 2 years to write each novel. If you like animals, you might like the lizard in the book. Its one in a million!

Edgar Gerik said...

Interesting book

DanieX said...

Thank you for sharing this great sounding book with us!

Kurt Kamm said...

Thanks DanieX - If you read it leave a note on my website and tell me what you think of it. Kurtkamm.com

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt, thank you.

Debra Holloway said...

This sounds like a very interesting book.

Kurt Kamm said...

Debra and Rita - I think you will find this is an unusual book. It is very realistic, and deals with Narcos and smuggling, but it has a lot about the lives of the various characters on both sides of the border. And...there is the lizard

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

Kurt Kamm said...

Thank you Victoria. I had a couple of other excerpts to share, but this blog doesn't seem to have a cut and paste option.

Nikolina said...

Good luck with the book tour, Kurt!

Lisa Brown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

79b5e61e-7a35-11e3-b3cf-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Sounds intriguing!

--Trix

Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!