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Fields of Wrath (Luis Chavez Book 1) by [Wheaton, Mark]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Father Luis Chavez is one of the most original, thought-provoking characters I’ve encountered in a long time, someone who sees every nuance in the people around him. Having spent his youth in an East LA gang that was very, shall we say, Old Testament, he’s got survival skills he didn’t learn in a seminary. But through gang negotiations, stake-outs and gunfights, he retains a formidable drive to find justice for those who are so often ignored by society.

I wrestled with the contrast between Chavez’s steady faith and the harsh situations in which he finds himself, but ultimately I was fascinated by one of the book’s underlying questions: what happens in the darkest corners of the real world when someone takes his faith very seriously? When the Los Angeles DA’s office runs out of leads in the murder of a migrant worker with ties to Chavez’s parish, the young priest doesn’t just offer prayers—he takes action. Cynical DA Michael Story just wants to make sure he comes out of the scandal looking good, but Chavez knows that doing the right thing isn’t always pretty. He’s the real public servant here: he’s worried about the next person who needs help, not the next rung on the political ladder.

Chavez’s struggle for justice still has me captivated—no matter what comes next for this complex, conflicted character, I’m along for the ride.

- Kjersti Egerdahl, Editor


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Following his ordination as a priest, Father Luis Chavez returns to the mean streets of his youth, hoping to put his past behind him. But the brutal murder of a worker in Ventura County’s vast farm fields compels Luis to return to his criminal roots in order to unravel a massive conspiracy. Teaming up with Michael Story, an ambitious Los Angeles deputy DA, Chavez goes undercover as a farm laborer to bring down an immense human-trafficking ring tied to one of California’s most prominent and powerful families.

Fighting to stay on the path of the righteous while confronting evil at every turn, Father Chavez finds himself in a battle of good versus evil, with the souls of hundreds hanging in the balance.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3587 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y0PIEWW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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“If you’re judging the sinner and not seeing the man, maybe God really did have a reason to send you out there…”

Fields of Wrath by Mark Wheaton is the first book in the Luis Chavez suspense thriller series. It is a hard-boiled detective mystery featuring an unlikely protagonist, and the concept is uniquely original. It follows the exploits of a young priest in Los Angeles who took to vigilante justice to solve crimes and bring criminals to justice.

The story begins with Anne Whittaker, a legal aide, who had been shot twice in her driveway at point-blank range by a large caliber pistol in what was believed to be a robbery gone bad. Her purse was missing and her car stolen, though it was later located in a Walgreens parking lot in Oakland. When another woman wounded by a bullet sought refuge in the safety of the church, she refused to be taken to the hospital fearful of her fate. Unsettled by the incidents, Father Luis Chavez who received his training at the St. Robert Bellarmine Seminary in New York takes the matter into his hands and unravel a massive conspiracy.

Fields of Wrath by Mark Wheaton is suspenseful, and fans of hard-boiled mystery will have a lot to cheer for. Full of surprises with its unpredictable twists and turns, author Mark Wheaton has done a fine job in crafting a story that brings to the fore the rampant corruption prevalent in law enforcement and the pathetic plights of undocumented migrants.

#Received an uncorrected proof advanced reading e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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This was an OK sort of book. I got half way through and gave it away. The plot was a bit too convoluted and did not keep me wanting to go to the next chapter. It improved a bit as it went along and may have finished well but I wasn't prepared to wait it out. Quite well written and a think most people would probably read it to the end.
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An excellent book with real, well developed characters, edge of the seat tension and a complex and very believable story. I would thoroughly recommend "Fields of Wrath" to anyone looking for an exciting and engrossing read.
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I found this book particularly well written, with the major characters very well formed. Very engaging, even for one who does not engage well with a lot of American writing
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It took a while to get into the book, but after I went back to re-read the first couple of chapters, it made more sense and I enjoyed the story line.
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By Grandma Bee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 November 2016
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Wheaton's brutal story is softened by the sincerity of the priest.
A great read, so good it could almost be true . . .
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