I thoroughly enjoyed Fleeing the Past. It is compelling and realistic, and, at its heart, revolves around a flawed character, which is what you want. The plot reminded me of An Officer and a Gentleman in that it is about a man going through military-type training while a local woman schemes to marry a trainee. Sharing a similar plot with that successful movie is not a bad thing.
I felt like I was in the Academy with Layne, enduring what he was going through and fearing what was to come. His worries about stacking and pepper spray training made me turn the pages to get those events so I could understand why he was so concerned about them. Since Christopher LaGrone went through the Academy training, the writing felt on the money. It didn’t call attention to itself and served to tell the story.
I’m looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.
–Bruce Leaf, Boulder, CO
THE DELTA TANGO TRILOGY is an in-depth journey of one man as he threads his way through personal problems and the challenge of his harrowing career as a U. S. Border Patrol Agent. His life of trials and sorrows rival any fiction story today.
–Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author of the Dirk Pitt series
ESSENTIAL AND GRIPPING. Delta Tango Trilogy is a heartbreakingly honest tale of the lives that intersect and are forever changed along our bleak and dangerous southern border. This is an important set of novels, not to be missed or forgotten.
–Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of Winter’s Child.
Using his own experience in the U.S. Border Patrol, Christopher LaGrone paints a detailed and intimidating picture of the physical and mental hardships that must be painstakingly endured in order to work as an agent.
–U.S. Review of Books
After reading Fleeing The Past, I have a totally new respect for what it takes to become a Border Patrol Officer. I was also taken aback to realize the challenge officers have dealing with the illegals they have to deal with—that they are real people with desperate issues, and that not everyone can successfully deal with that. Layne Sheppard certainly has his insecurities and lack of self-confidence, which made successfully getting through the Academy much more difficult. The book is a good read and I’m looking forward to Book Two: Felina’s Spell and Book Three Moments of Truth.
retired publisher of the Rocky Mountain News
Fleeing The Past, the first novel in The Delta Tango Trilogy, presents in excruciating, realistic detail the demands of training for the U.S. Border Patrol which nearly crush Layne Sheppard. But these physical and intellectual challenges are nothing compared to Layne’s inner tormentors—self-doubt, self-control, self-deception, alcoholism. An uncomfortable, but absolutely compelling read.
–Luanne Pendorf, editor of Ancient Tracks,
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