Words are powerful things. While not a new concept, sometimes even those of us who write for a living need to be reminded of this fact. Thankfully, we have Max Tomlinson and his political thriller, Sendero to remind us why we love the written word. In his soft-sopken but precise way, Tomlinson proves himself a talent to be reckoned with, serving up the style and pacing of Leonard, Cain, Gerritsen and Hitchcock in a voicing all his own. Drawing from this diversity, Sendero immerses us in the world of modern-day Peru and plunges us into the life of its heroine, Nina Flores.
As a survivor of Peru’s “Dirty War” of the 80’s and 90’s, Nina has seen the dark side of humanity and knows directly about the horrors committed by her government and the Shining Path guerrillas who claim to be the voice of the voiceless. Years and distance now separate her from the past. Or so she thinks. Sometimes seeing an old friend isn’t always a happy occasion. And even family reunions can turn deadly.
My meager words won’t do Sendero full justice. Lucky for all of us, Max was generous to sit down and talk about his debut novel and the upcoming sequel Who Sings to The Dead, slated for release in late 2012. The insight and attention to detail he displays is a hearty reminder to all of us about the joy an artist takes plying the craft.
But since my words fail, it’s time for you to listen for yourself…
Intro, Sendero, Nina and Peru:
The Drug Trade and its Consequences:
Influences, Making it Real, Dickens Lives!
Contacting Max, Who Sings to the Dead?
Working, Crafting and the Most Important Things:
From the Author’s Website: Max Tomlinson lives in San Francisco with his wife and dog. When he is not writing, he is traveling, hopefully somewhere in South America, and when he is not doing either of those, he is working as a software architect, which is a euphemism for an aging computer programmer.
Check out by Max:
Sendero: (A Nina Flores Thriller)- available for e-pub and paperback
Out by the Trees- available Sept. ’12 for e-pub
Connect with Max @ http://maxtomlinson.wordpress.com/