Book Review-THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS: (THE KING TRILOGY Book 1)-Stephen Douglass

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This is one of the fastest moving suspense novels I have read in a while. Underneath it all GREED is a powerful motivator which can ultimately grab in it's clutches both criminal minds and seemingly good and honest people. The oil industry with it's billions to be had in profits is where the action takes place. Within this story there are a couple of star-crossed lovers. Although this could conceivably happen-and may have partially according to the authors bio-I truly think that regulating the oil business is a VERY good and worthwhile occupation for governments! Without giving out any more of the plot I will leave you with this thought. After I read the last page I high tailed it back to Amazon and purchased the next two books in this series which I will be reading and reviewing at a later time.

About the Book: (from Amazon)


"There was more plot happening in the first quarter of this book than happens in the entirety of other books."

“Not only has Douglass created a suspenseful, intriguing crime fiction saga, he also wrote a beautiful love story.”

“Mr. Douglass has written a crime story that makes one ask serious questions about the reality of the oil business.”

“This book belongs in a class with "Unbroken", "Lost in Shangri-La", "In the Garden of the Beasts", other five star books that I have enjoyed this summer.”

“Stephen Douglass has given us a one of the best fiction books I have read recently. It's easily worth 10 times the price and is 10 times better than many books costing more than that.”

"This is a very good suspense novel. I never was totally prepared for what was going to come next."

“I worked in the oil industry for many years but as a geophysicist. I had no idea that these things that took place in this book were going on.”

THE ALL NEW, PROFESSIONALLY COPY-EDITED VERSION OF “THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS”, (Volume one of THE KING TRILOGY), a truly amazing and gut-wrenching story.

How was an incredible $325,000,000 theft achieved using The Peace Bridge as a fulcrum?

It was a piece of national history. The story had to be told.

One of the largest and most audacious gasoline tax evasion scams in Canadian and U.S. history.

The perpetrator used The Peace Bridge, spanning The Niagara River, to facilitate his crime, and his private Cessna to transport the enormous fruits of the theft to the “safety” of a Cayman Island bank.

The scam netted an amount “that makes The New York State Lottery look like a Sunday school collection.”

Cynical and remorselessly ruthless, the thief possesses a brilliant criminal mind, has enormous contempt for the law, police, governments, and the system in which they function. He assumes rules are for fools, and takes sadistic pleasure in breaking them.


The mechanics of the scam, ( i.e. how such a gigantic theft was achieved.)

The extent to which the lives of two star-crossed lovers were disrupted by this criminal.

The character of the criminal, an unscrupulous individual with an absolute contempt for rules, the law, authority and propriety.

Why and how the story ended in Caracas, Venezuela. What happened to the fruits of his crime, and why.

How much of the story in fiction, and how much is fact.

Read a couple of chapters here

Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from Amazon)

Born and raised in Canada, Stephen spent the first half of his career working for the two largest oil companies in the world: Exxon and royal Dutch Shell. He spent the second half working for one of the smallest oil companies in the world; his own. Now retired, he spends his summers with his wife, Ann, at their Canadian home near Niagara Falls. He winters at their Florida home in Port St. Lucie. When he is not writing, he is reading, traveling, or playing bad golf. He plans to write until the day he dies, probably longer.

For Stephen, writing was an accident. When his friends in Muskoka and Florida became aware of the story of his incredible life in the Canadian oil business, they encouraged him to commit it to writing. They insisted it was a story that must be told. Reluctantly, he did, and after more than twenty years the story of AN ENDLESS AND CONFLICTED LOVE, A MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE AND NEARLY LOST HIS LIFE DOING IT, and ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST AUDACIOUS THEFTS IN CANADIAN HISTORY, was finally made public. Stephen has entitled the book: The Bridge to Caracas, for reasons that will quickly be obvious to readers. The genre is romance crime fiction, if there is such a genre.

The sequels,The Tainted Trust, (the story of what happened to the $325,000,000 stolen from the Canadian and U.S. governments), the second in The King Trilogy, and Kerri's War, the third volume in The King Trilogy, are now live on Amazon KDP.

Stephen has said, "If readers have half as much fun reading The King Trilogy as I did writing it, they will be enriched."

Author's Website

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Lesley said...

Sounds like a good book. I like a good series and I'm trying to find something to add to my reading list.

Literary Winner said...

The oil industry certainly is a good one to base a book with greed on!

Scott said...

The oil business has always seemed shady to me. Wonder if any real insight could be obtained from this book?!

Kristen Campbell said...

I would read this, just for the fact that I've been to Caracas and I'm interested to see how it relates!

Anonymous said...

Story about the reality of the oil business, interesting take on that. Thanks for sharing.


Holly S. said...

Sounds great! I'll definitely be picking this up!

Patricia said...

Great review! Sounds like a very good read.

bxcrochet said...

That looks like a great read. My sister would love this book with the business tied into it.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Greed really is a powerful motivator! And I can't think of too many people more greedier than those involved in oil.

jaime said...

I love quick reads! I have a few books now that I've been able to knock out in a day and a half.

Stefany T said...

Thanks for the book review. I'll have to add it into my TBR list.

debdenny said...

Cool. I love a good thriller. A trilogy also. Sweet!

Caroline Barnes said...

This is my kind of book. Love a great murder suspense story. Really need to start reading again...

Stacey- Travel Blogger said...

I have heard he is a wonderful author. I will have to get a copy for myself!

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

A crime thriller sounds exciting. I like pieces that are fast moving because it keeps you interested in the story.

Katherine Bartlett said...

This is something a dear friend of mine would end up liking

Chubskulit Rose said...

Must be a heart racing, heart stopping novel. I love plots like this!

Patricia said...

Thanks for the reviews. I love a good review to help me find my next read. I am definitely going to check out this trilogy!

Chrystal Mahan said...

Working for Exxon I can see where he was inspired to write this novel.

Taya Elery said...

I haven't read a good thriller in quite some time. I may pick this one up.

Kristin and Megan said...

It definitely sounds like a thriller. I bet his past in the oil industry gave him a great background to draw from!

Maddi'sMommy said...

Looks like a good read. i like a thriller that keeps you on the edge.

Katrina Gehman said...

this sounds like a really cool book. I'll have to check it out. i'm sure i will like it.

Stephanie Pass said...

Sounds good! I love fast paced thrillers!

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...

This looks like a great book. My brother is always talking about how bad the oil companies are.

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