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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Drug gangs are a tough business. No matter where they are formed in the world, there are rules to follow like in any corporation. You rise up within the organization by succeeding. However, the penalty for failure in a gang is much greater than in any other job imaginable. The average life span of a drug runner is measured in months. Lucas Rocha was desperate to choose this route.
RIO Street Kid Stargazer
Dez paced around the cavern meeting table like Midas amid his accursed fortune. Assembled before him at the cocaine-bagging table were Tiny from Mineira, LC from the River Complex, and Viper from Alemão. LC, an impeccably dressed, athletic mulatto, licked his finger and lapped up traces of white cocaine power off the black marble top when Dez wasn’t looking. Tiny rubbed his aching throat. Viper, a newcomer at Dez’ invitation, meticulously scanned the room with beady eyes.