This action-packed international crime thriller takes readers into the slums of Rio de Janeiro, where thousands of homeless children face horrific choices every day. It’s no exception when sixteen-year-old Rio street kid Lucas Rocha meets Daniel Burke, a Brazilian-American businessman visiting from Boston.
Recently orphaned, the idealistic Lucas struggles to put bread on the table for his younger sisters and keep them safe while he earns a living on Rio’s unforgiving streets. Should he beg, steal or sell drugs to survive? When Lucas snatches Daniel’s wallet in an act of desperation, it sets in motion a series of catastrophic events, and the lives of these two strangers become permanently … and dangerously … entangled. Facing down Rio’s powerful drug lords, both Lucas and Daniel are hell-bent to beat the odds and make things right. But what is right in a world filled with wrong?
Craig S Wilson is a serial creative who has written 300 songs, three musicals, and three books. He published “Dating for Life” in 2013, a book describing the four keys to maintaining successful relationships. "Gig" is a historical fiction based on his passion for the exploding music scene of the 60’s and the wonderment of teenage romance. He will soon be launching ”RIO”, a novel about the quest for survival of a street kid named Lucas Rocha in the glorious and gritty Rio de Janeiro.
Throughout his entire life, he’s been passionate about almost anything that he does, as his mantra is “living life in crescendo.” Through his personal journey in finding the love and partner of his life, Melissa G. Wilson, he continues to pursue his dreams of creating beauty in the world and changing people's lives through his stories.
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Cristo Redentor is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, standing 98 feet tall, with forgiving arms stretched out 92 feet wide. Christ the Redeemer is the iconic symbol of RIO, peering out over all the splendor and squalor from the peak of Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a global symbol of Christianity. But to those living in the tepid favelas below, like Lucas Rocha, it is a reminder that sometimes good people must do bad things for a greater good, if they are to survive.
RIO Street Kid Stargazer
Jesus seemed caustic. Lucas studied the statue of Cristo Redentor perched regally atop Corcovado Mountain amidst the pastel clouds of dawn. A somber, concrete Jesus with outstretched arms stoically delivered mercy to an ostensibly idyllic Rio de Janeiro below. Lucas knew too well the realities of favelas. Redemption is reserved for the rich.