Humor and Thrills with Penn Wallace and the Ted Higuera Series!
Penn Wallace is the author of #1 bestsellers Christmas Inc, The Mexican Connection
and Murder Strikes Twice.
His Ted Higuera Series)
isabout a young Latino security analyst, and the Catrina Flaherty Mysteries
features a kick-ass female PI.
If Chevy Chase had played Indiana Jones, he would be Penn Wallace. Penn has a thirst for adventure, but nothing ever seems to go exactly as planned. A Hemmingwayesque, adventurer, Penn lives on his sailboat as he sails around the world looking for new adventures about which to write.
After his wife died in 2010, Penn decided that life should be lived for today, you never know if tomorrow will come.
He purchased a 56-foot sailboat and spent the next two and a half years rebuilding the Victory,
then left his career as a software engineer to set sail for the warm blue waters of Baja California.
Along the way, he acquired a gorgeous blonde and her Great Dane. Together they sailed down the Pacific Coast of the United States, and cruised Mexico’s Sea of Cortez for two years.
His stories of living on a sail boat with a giant dog, “Great Dane on Board,” have been his most popular blog posts. You can read his blog at www.pennwallace.com
Penn just spent four months living in the jungles of Panama with no electricity, water, cell phones or Internet connection. Look for the location in a new Catrina Flaherty novel.
Somewhere on Canada's Inside Passage, terrorists plot to destroy a cruise ship filled with celebrities and VIP's. The Inside Passage could be in today’s headlines.
Ted Higuera, the son of Mexican immigrants, grew up in East LA. An unlikely football scholarship was his ticket out of the barrio. Chris Hardwick was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The two become college roommates and best friends for life.
As a graduation present, Chris’ father offers the boys the use of his sailboat for a summer cruise up the Inside Passage. Chris brings his girlfriend, Meagan O’Donnell along for the cruise. Ted can’t stand Meagan; he thinks she’s just interested in Chris for his money.
The three have a series of adventures until they stumble upon an al-Qaeda plot to blow up a cruise ship, then the clock starts ticking.
The terrorist must eliminate the witnesses before they can report the plot to the authorities. Ted, Chris and Meagan must prevent the attack on the cruise ship with Chris’ father and his new bride aboard. But what can three unarmed kids to do prevent the terrorist assault?
If Clive Cussler had written Ugly Betty, it would be Hacker for Hire.
Hacker for Hire, a suspense novel about corporate greed and industrial espionage, is the second book in a series about Latino computer security analyst Ted Higuera and his best friend, para-legal Chris Hardwick.
The goofy, off-beat Ted Higuera, son of Mexican immigrants, grew up in East LA. An unlikely football scholarship brought him to Seattle.
Chris, Ted’s college roommate, grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father is the head of one of Seattle’s most prestigious law firms.
Ted’s first job out of college leads him into the world of organized crime where he faces a brutal beating. After being rescued by beautiful private investigator Catrina Flaherty, Ted decides to go to work for her.
Catrina is hired by a large computer corporation to find a leak in their corporate boardroom when the previous consultant is found floating in Elliot Bay.
Ted discovers that Chris’s firm has been retained by their prime suspect. Now he and Chris are working opposite sides of the same case.
Ted and Catrina are led deep into Seattle’s Hi-Tech world as they stalk the killer. But the killer is also hunting them. Can Ted find the killer before the killer finds him?
In The Mexican Connection, the third book in the Ted Higuera series, Ted and Chris are lured to Mexico by an old nemesis. They are dragged into Mexico’s drug wars and have to confront the corruption of Mexico’s law enforcement.
When Ted’s younger brother disappears in Mexico, Ted and Chris charge to the rescue. They meet a colorful cast of characters as they search from border towns to the cosmopolitan Mexico City to ancient Aztec ruins.
Female PI Catrina Flaherty is in Mexico on a mission of her own. She’s hunting for the drug dealing husband of a client who left her holding the bag back in Seattle.
Have Ted and Chris finally met the loves of their lives?
You will meet old friends, make new ones and encounter new villains as our heroes cut a wide swath through our neighbor to the south. Throw in a magical Jaguar and an Aztec god and you have a rollicking adventure tale.
Bikini Baristas is a tale of two scofflaws.
Dick Randall is the owner of a chain of bikini barista stands in the Seattle area. Clayton Johnson-White is a teenage kid who thinks he’s smarter than the rest of the world.
The story begins when Dick’s pickup truck is discovered burned-out in the California desert. What happened to him? Did he fake his death to escape his sleazy past or did the past catch up with him?
To get away from his trailer-trash life, Clayton drops out of school and runs away into the woods of Camano Island. He breaks into vacation homes and steals what he needs.
Private detective Catrina Flaherty is hired by Dick’s wife to find out how he disappeared. When she and her partner, Ted Higuera, start turning over stones, some shocking things come crawling out.
Ted’s best friend, Chris Hardwick, has his first case as a grownup lawyer. He is assigned the Clayton Johnson-White file. He expects to do a quick plea-bargain and get on with his life. Instead, he finds Clayton has evolved into a professional criminal who teaches himself to fly, steals airplanes and goes on a nationwide crime spree. Chris, Ted and Cat are intertwined on a case that takes on international proportions.
What do these two cases have in common? In the end, they come together with the force of two colliding freight trains.
Ted, Chris and the gang are dragged back to Mexico as El Poslero, the head of the Baja Cartel, makes a daring escape from Mexico's highest security prison.
Ted finally gets up the nerve to propose to Maria. What happens next will take your breath away. Our crew is pitted against the world’s most wanted drug lord as the body count soars.
As they say on TV, this story was ripped from the headlines.
The tale ends with a shock you won’t see coming.
***** Five Star Review
5.0 out of 5 stars
ByClyde Winnstonon October 26, 2016
Shades of El Chapo--the real-life Mexican cartel leader! Much of Wallace's novel could be snatched directly from today's headlines.
The book is an action-packed adventure involving the search for El Posolero (Think of the Mexican dish posole), so named because he likes to murder his enemies, dispose of their flesh, and send the bones to their families. El Posolero will stop at nothing to gain control of drug trafficking in Baja California. But he doesn't reckon with the likes of continuing series characters Ted Higuera, Cat Flaherty, Chris, et al.
A sub-plot deals with a ruthless partner in Chris' father's law firm trying to oust Harry's wife and son from the firm after the father's death.
Wallace's plot grabs the reader's attention and holds it from the first page to the last. It's a fun read, filled with manly men and gorgeous women and lots of gun fights.
I must say I'm glad Penn Wallace gave me an advanced reading copy in trade for an honest review. I certainly enjoyed the book and am sure you will too.