Monday, August 3, 2015

The Boys of the Dixie Pig by Stacy Childs

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As a weapons dealer, Mack Barton has spent the last four decades running from someone scary, and now is no exception. A crime boss in Las Vegas wants to kill him because of an overdue gambling debt (one of his bad habits-another is tequila). And is it the C.I.A. blaming him if some munitions fell into the wrong hands in a Syria deal? Or the last Colombia deal? Thinking it might help him get his mind off his troubles, Mack accepts an invitation to a reunion with his four good friends from high school-the "troughers." He travels to Golden, Colorado, where he and three others are wined and dined by their mutual buddy, Ace Strain, a psychiatrist and the proprietor of a cutting-edge cryonics company. Little did he know that, before all was said and done, Colombian gunrunners and mob hit men would prove the least of his worries as he and his companions face intrigue, death, romance, and the question of reincarnated sports stars, caught up in a crazy chain of kidnapping, murder, and insanity.

It's been a while since I've read any sort of medical thriller, but after seeing the synopsis I knew I wanted to read The Boys of the Dixie Pig. There are quite a few characters introduced in this book, but the focus was on Mack Barton and Ace Strain. The two men were friends in high school and, at Ace's urging, they meet up with three of their other friends (Willie, Donnie, and Goody) to discuss Ace's business, Exodus Cryonics. I found it all very fascinating, and although it sounds like science fiction, if you Google cryonics you will see that this kind of science is being practiced as we speak with the technology that is currently available. After reading this book it definitely makes me look at it differently; it actually scares me. There's just something about it that feels so wrong, but I think you have to be in a situation where you are facing death or are so ill that there is no other options available to you, to entertain the idea. I can see how it would give people hope, and that is so powerful. This book seriously made me question the motives of the people running these institutes. 

It was like there were two separate plots at work. First was the goings on at Ace's cryonics business, and the other focused on Mack running from a man named Rudy whom he owed money to, while trying to continue as a weapons dealer. At times it felt strange because it moved from sketchy science practice and mental manipulation to watching Mack avoid assassination over and over again. It was technically all connected; it just felt like there was a huge divide between the stories.

The pace felt a little slow at times, which made it hard to want to continue reading. I got pretty annoyed by how many times the words "Don Julio Añejo" popped up. Mack had an unhealthy penchant for this tequila and mentioned it at least once a chapter. I know it served a purpose and showed how messed up his life was that his best friend was basically a brand of tequila, but it was a bit much. Ultimately the mystery of the cryonics business and Mack's crazy lifestyle kept me intrigued enough to finish. I'm glad I did, because the ending was intense and really brought the whole thing together.

If you would like to learn more about the author, Stacy Childs, please visit his website by clicking here. You can also interact with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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