Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Book Title: Life Long
Author: Ronald L. Ruiz
Pages: 268 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Ray Lopez is on the run with a duffel bag full of cash. Both drug dealers and the police are after him. But Ray is not a criminal. His last brush with the law was over traffic tickets. Recently released from the hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, he is haunted by voices, auditory hallucinations, that frighten him and cause him to question his every move.
Ray’s journey from California to Laredo is perilous. Like so many Americans before him, he travels through unfamiliar territory with no clear way of knowing who will help and who will harm him. And he may well find himself on the wrong side of the border with a mind that has no borders.
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This was quite the read – I am not even sure what to say about it!
It was definitely different than previous reads and while I initially thought it was a little slow, I somehow got sucked in and couldn’t put it down!
The story follows Raymond or Ramon – depending on who he is dealing with. Raymond was recently released from the hospital for some mental issues.
The story bounces a little bit between current and past, but I did not find it difficult to follow. It was very clear when bounces happened so it was easy to follow.
The author gives great insight into Raymond’s mind and thought process(es) throughout the entire story and you can’t help but get sucked in and root for Raymond. You can feel yourself as a part of Raymond when he is going through his journey.
I am so glad I stuck with it and read the entire book because it really was a good book! I enjoyed it!
About the Author
Born and raised in Fresno California – Educated at St. Mary´s College California, University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco – Practiced law from !966 to 2003 as a Deputy District Attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and a Deputy Public Defender – Appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974 and later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County California.
Ronald L. Ruiz has published 5 novels and a memoir. Happy Birthday Jesus (1994), Giuseppe Rocco (1998), The Big Bear (2003), A Lawyer (2012), Jesusita(2015). and Life Long (2017).
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Amika Press says
Thanks for your great review of Life Long!