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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When you were a kid, did you ever climb a tree? Imagine rescuing your little sister from high atop a tree, only witness the brittle branch underneath her snap sending her careening down. You catch her by the ankle? Could you hang on?
RIO Street Kid Stargazer
“You’re almost home,” he said deliberately. She delicately stepped on the lower branch, her foot within inches of Lucas’ right hand. She breathed out a sigh of relief, but the branch snapped, sending her screeching into a free fall. With lightning reflexes, Lucas managed to grab her ankle while hugging the tree trunk with his aching left arm. Her body swung upside down and she slammed into the tree trunk below. Despite intense, searing pain Lucas fiercely held on. Bits of bark and dead pine needles showered upon Inez below, who shrieked in terror like a skinned cat.