Book Review: Shots
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Theodore Quester
Format: Kindle, ebook
As a minor having been busted for drugs once already, Nic decides he wants out of the trafficking business. Arguing with his friends and fellow drug pushers about their future, things escalate and before he knows it, Nic has shot Carlitos in the eye and destroyed their latest “shipment” of goods. Things go from bad to worse for Nic, Carlitos, and Juanito as money is due to their suppliers.
In “Shots”, Theodore Quester takes the reader inside drug trafficking in Austin Texas. Cafelito, a small espresso bar, serves as the central plot device connecting the various characters that Quester introduces and explores through alternating chapters as the story progresses. I came to appreciate the profession of Barista and the skill it takes to make a “real” cup of gourmet coffee through Quester’s expert narrative details. I also enjoyed the “Simple Plan-esque” way in which the plot unfolds where situations easily spin out of control as one thread pulls on all of the other interconnected threads.
While there is violence and threats of bodily harm associated with collecting debts owed, for some reason I never felt the sense of fear and dread that I would have expected. None-the-less, “Shots” is a interesting exploration into the world of drug trafficking by minors who are struggling with family, friends, and cultural pressures.
Note: A complimentary copy of this novel was provided in return for a review.