Strays of Rio

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Death squads, drug lords, homeless kids, and one woman vigilante: an explosive mix on the streets of Rio. More

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Published by MuseItUp Publishing
Words: 83,870
Language: English
ISBN: 9781771271493

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Review by: Nicole Hastings on Oct. 31, 2012 :
WHOA…what an insane book! “Strays of Rio” by Edith Parzefall starts off with an explosive bang and doesn’t let up until the very end. It is dirty and disturbing and gritty, yet strangely fascinating. Although the type of life that Ms. Parzefall writes about certainly exists and is uncomfortable to think about, she tells a story that you WANT to keep reading, if only as a safe observer in an unsavory world. Strong writing and a fast pace makes this a definite “don’t miss.” I do appreciate that the editing was near flawless…I notice this type of thing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Francene Stanley on Oct. 21, 2012 :
A heart-stopping adventurous glide over Rio. What a great story. I think a man would enjoy this just as much as a woman. The down-to-earth writing style of this novel makes reading a pleasure. No stopping to work out what something means—just let the story whisk you away to Rio de Janeiro. More or less at peace with her life, Lisa Kerry runs a bookshop. When a group of street kids slip into an old workshop at the back of her bookstore, their plight forces her to take a fresh look. Locals don't want the strays around their properties and killers take pot-shots at them for sport. Amongst the tourists, a rugged American wanders into the shop. She agrees to guide Tony around the city and takes him to the top of Sugar Loaf for a spectacular view. Memories of past abuse rise to haunt her while she battles her attraction to Tony. When the corrupt police show no interest in preventing the death of the street kids, Lisa takes up arms to protect the youngsters. She faces a choice: stop the killers at gun point or let the annoyingly determined American heal her troubled mind. This adventure carried me through the beauty and degradation of Rio de Janeiro in a wild ride akin to Lisa's jump off the cliff with Tony to paraglide in the uplift beneath the stretched arms of the Christo Redentor statue. The ending is fantastic. My chest is still tight from tension.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lady Rosalie Skinner on Oct. 12, 2012 :
Strays of Rio is a FIVE STAR ‘must read’ thriller.
From the first page the tension begins to wind up. The gritty, gutsy heroine Lisa Kerry has a dark past of her own. Now she offers a better future to a group of kids making their way through life on the streets of Rio. She isn’t to know the offer draws each of the group into the sights of a deadly adversary.
Strays of Rio explores the line between right and wrong, with realistic emotions, experiences, drama. Without dwelling on the tragedy of life on the streets, Strays of Rio involves the reader in an uplifting look at how a simple act of charity can improve life.
Living with choices though, takes determination. Caught in a war between drug lords and corrupt police, Lisa and her courageous collection of strays find survival calls for desperate measures.
Strays of Rio is tightly written. Edith Parzefall takes us to Rio, where we become immersed in the beauty and the danger of everyday life. The characters each bring to the intriguing plot their own problems, backgrounds and goals. Once the scene is set, Parzefall’s novel accelerates to an edge of the seat ride.
My advice is to grab a copy now, set aside a few hours because once you enter the streets where the Strays of Rio takes place, you are not going to be able to put this one down. Don’t expect to emerge unscathed, Strays of Rio will leave you thinking. The sign of a great story.
To be released on the International Day of Peace, it is fitting that Strays of Rio explores the characters’ desperate attempts to provide themselves with a peaceful future.
Strays of Rio is set in a world we know exists but would rather forget as we go about our safe and secure lives. Edith Parzefall delivers a well researched story that is guaranteed to satisfy and impress.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rebecca on Oct. 10, 2012 :
I don't usually go for thrillers, but I decided to take a chance on this one because I enjoyed Parzefall's collaboration with Francene Stanley on Wind Over Troubled Waters. Since the sequel to that one isn't yet available, I had to take a chance on her other work.

And Strays of Rio was definitely worth the chance I took on it, because I loved it. It isn't that it doesn't match the genre, because it has plenty of violence, terror, and tension. But it is so much more. It is the story of a troubled woman's struggle to feel safe in the world, learn to live, and find love. Even without a demon as evil as her Captain Hook, I can relate to her struggle and the temptation of the path she chooses. Is an act evil if it is the only way to stop greater evil from happening?

The story is also an illustration of the difficulties of life in Brazil for the poor. Her work seems well researched and the kids' experiences are believable, although tragic. I could picture the favelas as I read even though I've only a limited knowledge of Brazil.

This book is extremely well written and far better edited than any other Indie I yet have read. I only registered three errors. Scarred is misspelled scared twice (at least Parzefall is consistent!) and there was a typo of "he" for "the"--I find worse in many books from top publishers. I was only trying to enjoy the book, so that doesn't mean I didn't miss any other small things. But it means that nothing was serious enough to break me out of the story and frustrate me. You have no idea how relaxing it is as a former editor to read a book that doesn't make me long for a red pen.

I am definitely looking forward to more work by this talented author. Maybe I will luck out and she'll write more in a genre I really enjoy, like that sequel to _Wind_....
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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