Thursday, April 15, 2010

Contraband: A New Novel by Charlie Vázquez

Hard work does pay kudos to Charlie Vázquez for his second novel, Contrabrand. I had the opportunity and privilege (thanks Charlie) to get a sneak peak into his latest work and in all honesty it had me at the edge of my seat. Charlie brings a refreshingly new look into a world of revolutionary struggle surrounded by danger and filled with secrets.

Charlie is a friend, an author and Latino literary activist who is always hard at work and this is a reflection of that. Visit his blog and Official website for more info.

Inspired by Latin-American revolutionary struggles, this riveting work of Latino noir follows the paranoid underworld exile of Volfango Sanzo, a man so haunted by his secrets that he escapes to sprawling networks of underground tunnels and labyrinths in near-future America—where dissidents and “lunars” are seeking refuge from the smoldering ruins of a nation plagued by a deadly civil war and revolution. Volfango is certain that renegade genes in his DNA will be exposed by government-mandated “gene tests,” so he vanishes before his scheduled test date, terrified of being discovered and executed. He also suspects he is being hunted by a government ministry, who wishes to silence him before he speaks. What will he find in those dangerous underground worlds populated by rebels and pariahs? And what secrets does he keep? Will he survive against bleak odds in an underworld where sunlight, food and water are scarce?

Charlie Vázquez is a radical writer of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. His fiction and essays have been published in various print and online publications and anthologies. He hosts a reading series in New York called PANIC! and is a retired experimental musician and photographer. Contraband is his second novel.

The book is currently available for purchase. Get full details here.

Book Trailer

*Words in italics provided by Charlie

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