In 1941, when thirteen year old Ricky Parker’s family is uprooted from their home in Arkansas and relocated to Venezuela, Ricky thinks his life is over. But what he finds in a rough and tumble oil camp on the banks of Lake Maracaibo is the adventure of a lifetime. An adventure filled with Nazi spies, betrayal, true love and even murder.
While touching on issue that remain relevant today, such as racism and America’s reliance on foreign oil, this coming of age historical novel is a page turning, high-octane suspense tale of star crossed young lovers set in exotic Venezuela.
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Jim Lester is the author of a YA novel entitle Fallout, which Booklist called “a fast paced, clever coming of age story, Salingeresque in spirit.” He is also the author of another YA novel called The Great Pretender, which has received consistently excellent reviews on Amazon and a non-fiction book entitled Hoop Crazy: College Basketball in the 1950s. Jim has a Ph.D. in history and lives in Denver, Colorado.