“Betrayal at the Border” by Mark M. Bello

Betrayal at the Border

Mark M. Bello
8Grand Publications (2021)
Reviewed by Amy Lignor for Reader Views (09/01)

This incredible novel is Mark M. Bello’s 7th book in the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller series. I have to say, Zachary Blake is one who has, over time, become a favorite fictional lawyer of mine right up there with Perry Mason, so I was more than excited to see this book come my way.

Focusing on the overloaded (and much headlined) topic of immigration, the author dives into dual cases in this book. Each one, however, has a different angle on everything from immigration rules and regulations to debates to hardships and actual pain that is inflicted on those who are both documented and undocumented citizens of the U.S.

In Riverview, Michigan, undocumented immigrants Miguel and Mary Carmen Gonzalez work extremely hard to be good citizens and attain the ‘American dream’ for themselves and their children (who were both born in the U.S.); they must do this while also staying under the radar of the ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Unfortunately, that is the organization that springs a surprise raid on the plant they work at and turn their lives upside down. Everyone from their friends and neighbors to the principal of their children’s school shift the back-up plans of the family into gear in order to protect the kids and hopes that the Gonzalez parents can find a way to stay in the country.

In case two, Canan and Karim Izady are naturalized U.S. citizens. Having immigrated legally from Kurdistan, they have a daughter named Hana who was born in the States. Making a bad decision, not realizing that even though the war is over problems can still happen back in their homeland, Canan decides to take Hana to Kurdistan so she can meet her grandmother. What happens next is a litany of darkness that the family must find a way out of in order to return to America… alive.

Zachary Blake enters both cases with his partner, Marshall Mann, who luckily has a great deal of expertise in immigration law. Also returning is die-hard investigator Micah Love to add even more excitement. As the two cases unfold, everything from terrorists to basic human rights are written about, exposing a truly broken immigration system. So not only does the reader learn history, present-day injustices, and how this topic pits Americans against each other in many ways—they also experience a suspenseful, fast-paced book.

“Betrayal at the Border” by Mark M. Bello is a great read for anyone into thrillers, suspense, mystery, and action. 5 Stars!

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