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The Curse of Sacerdozio by Glen Aaron REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

September 11, 2017

 

Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery

Publisher: BookBaby

Date of Publication: June 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 275

 

In​ ​Supreme​ ​Court​ ​books,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​seldom​ ​the​ ​intrigue​ ​of​ ​murder​ ​and​ ​of​ ​crime​ ​and​ ​punishment within​ ​the​ ​chambers.​ ​The​ ​Curse​ ​of​ ​Sacerdozio​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​death​ ​of​ ​Justice​ ​Antonin​ ​Scalia​ ​on​ ​a fictional​ ​journey​ ​that​ ​keeps​ ​you​ ​turning​ ​pages.​ ​As​ ​President​ ​Trump​ ​takes​ ​power,​ ​this​ ​tale​ ​raises questions​ ​about​ ​what​ ​influences​ ​drive​ ​him​ ​in​ ​judicial​ ​appointments,​ ​while​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time entertaining​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​in​ ​a​ ​political​ ​and​ ​legal​ ​thriller.

 

The​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​abortion, ​marriage,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​conduct​ ​of​ ​Supreme​ ​Court​ ​Justices​ ​wrapped​ ​in judicial​ ​conspiracy​ ​to​ ​control​ ​the​ ​Court​ ​and​ ​Congress​ ​come​ ​into​ ​stark​ ​conflict.​ ​The​ ​power​ ​of​ ​the church​ ​and​ ​motivated​ ​thinking​ ​highly​ ​organized​ ​pressure​ ​groups​ ​like​ ​the​ ​Federalist​ ​Society​ ​and Opus​ ​Dei​ ​are​ ​revealed​ ​in​ ​this​ ​plot​ ​driven​ ​novel.

 

While​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​the​ ​protagonist,​ ​Tommy​ ​Jon,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​success​ ​story​ ​within​ ​itself,​ ​as​ ​he​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first Jicarilla​ ​Apache​ ​to​ ​graduate​ ​from​ ​Harvard​ ​Law​ ​School​ ​and​ ​clerk​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Supreme​ ​Court​ ​Justice, his​ ​downfall​ ​is​ ​in​ ​contesting​ ​the​ ​judicial​ ​philosophy​ ​of​ ​Justice​ ​Sacerdozio.​ ​When​ ​the​ ​judge​ ​is found​ ​dead​ ​floating​ ​in​ ​a​ ​hot​ ​mineral​ ​pool​ ​on​ ​a​ ​ranch​ ​retreat​ ​in​ ​West​ ​Texas,​ ​Tommy​ ​Jon becomes​ ​a​ ​target​ ​of​ ​the​ ​FBI​ ​in​ ​suspicion​ ​of​ ​murder.​ ​The​ ​climax​ ​of​ ​the​ ​novel​ ​is​ ​his​ ​trial​ ​in​ ​the Federal​ ​District Court​ ​in​ ​El​ ​Paso.

 

Underlying​ ​the​ ​plot,​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​will​ ​realize​ ​a​ ​serious​ ​concern​ ​about​ ​just​ ​who​ ​President​ ​Trump really​ ​is.​ ​The​ ​political​ ​conspiracy​ ​that​ ​has​ ​brought​ ​the​ ​religious​ ​right​ ​and​ ​the​ ​judiciary​ ​together​ ​is unfolding​ ​and​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​fruition,​ ​now,​ ​in​ ​Washington.​ ​The​ ​Curse​ ​Of​ ​Sacerdozio​ ​is​ ​fictional​ ​in​ ​its tale​ ​but​ ​realistic​ ​in​ ​its​ ​revelations.

 

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 About The Author

 

Glen Aaron was born in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Midland. In 1962, while attending Baylor, he ran for State Representative from Midland at he age of 21. He lost that election in a runoff by 42 votes. Deciding politics was not for him, he graduated Baylor with a BA and moved on to the University of Texas law school. There, he won the Moot Court competition arguing before the Supreme Court of Texas sitting en banc. After acquiring his JD, Glen spent forty years in trial law and international business and banking. Today, he lives in Midland with his wife Jane Hellinghausen and two rottweilers. He enjoys writing and working with the Permian Basin Bookies. Author of: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation -- even crime; The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America's highest ranking military officer convicted of spying; The Prison Experience; The Prison People.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

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 |Tommy Jon Twitter | Goodreads

My Review

 

The Curse of Sacerdozio posed an intriguing role reversal when Tommy Jon, a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sacerdozio, is framed for the judge's murder. In order to protect himself as he stands trial, Tommy Jon has to use all the legal skills he has learned to figure out how the judicial system might hit him.

A short excerpt I thought matched this intriguing role reversal perfectly was when Tommy was first brought in and locked in the Detention Center.

"He was locked in the cell and left alone. He thinks back on some of the criminal cases he briefed where he read that the defendant was placed in a single cell. The court transcript doesn't give you the feeling of what it is actually like. This is a cold, dark, strange place. He feels all alone."

I appreciated the blend of the big picture aspects and the smaller details. There was so much depth and mixture of story lines that it remained fascinating as the passion author Glen Aaron had for these subjects poured out. The reader got a glimpse into native cultures, like the Jicarilla, Tommy Jon's tribe, which complemented the larger story of natives in their fight against the corruption in the US justice system. This story within the story added depth to Tommy Jon's anger.

The Curse of Sacerdozio captures how the justice system wears blinders on certain subject matters. Those in power, both political and religious, seem to make decisions which will push their own personal agendas forward or which will assure them re-election by pushing the agendas of those who are paying their bills. Personally, I began following the journey to ban human trafficking via the internet and have seen firsthand how technicalities in the justice system are used as excuses to be blind to common sense and truth.

The Curse of Sacerdozio got me emotionally riled up, which to me is the mark of a successful book. It provided insight and different perspectives into a variety of issues that resulted in my feeling almost as passionate as the author about the subject matter. I will remember this story and the outrage contained within for many moons. 

GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!

Three Signed Copies of The Curse of Sacerdozio

September 6 - 15, 2017

(U.S. Only)

 

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