BLOOD MOON by JOHN DAVID BETHEL #Suspense Thriller #Based on a true story




On a hot, steamy afternoon in Miami, Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted. Handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded, he has no idea why he has been targeted. What he discovers is heart-stopping. What he endures during almost a month of captivity compares only to the most horrendous stories of prisoners of war. He is tortured, and under the threat of death, and worse – the rape of his wife and torture of his children – Suarez is forced to hand over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors.

Suarez survives and then spends the next few months staying one step ahead of the murderous pack. During this time, he and his lawyer, Nolan Stevens – a former Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Office of the FBI – are having difficulties convincing the Miami-Dade Police Department that a crime has been committed. Their efforts are complicated by Steven’s difficult history with the head of the MDPD Special Investigations Division, who is not interested in pursuing the case.



Well David Bethel doesn’t waste words, no lets get to know the characters that are sort of hazy, bland and you can’t remember their names, no way. This is a story based on true events and these people were so in my face it made me cringe and shudder.

Oh my what a belting story my heart broke for this poor man, Recidio Suarez who was only guilty of being a success and having someone he trusted double cross him. To say he was kidnapped and tortured just doesn’t cover the horror that Suarez endured. OMG it really did come to life in my mind, I mean it had to. Every detail of every minute must have been unbearable  and David Bethel captures it all. His descriptions of the physical pain inflicted, infections, smells and sores turned my stomach, but I had to keep reading. It made me anxious and I feared for Suarez and felt no one could survive this depraved ruthless gang.

Greed is almost like a disease. The more a person gets the more they want and quicker. At about the half way mark I got to know the bad guys better and I felt like they had crawled under my skin. It felt frightening to think that people like this do really exist. They were like a little bunch of psychopaths that had found each other and discuss there next adventure like a book group would discuss next months reading choice. The further you get into the book the more violent it becomes which is really hard to believe but it does.

The third part is a climax whopper. That is, it just gets better, well after saying that I do feel guilty because I really did get pleasure from this book, it really does make very compelling reading it is extremely well written and I had to keep reminding myself that people really died. It starts off with a heart pounding pace and by the time it ends I was ready for a defibrillator.  Stunning!


John David Bethel spent a career in politics and government. He currently lives in Miami with his wife and two very spoiled dogs and writes novels, the first of which, Evil Town, was also published by Tell- Tale Publishing. Praise for Blood Moon! Truth can make great fiction. Blood Moon is a work of fiction. At its core is a true story of a crime committed in Florida in the 1990s. It is at times a gut-wrenching tale. However, Bethel does a concise job with the facts, while embellishing and adding to the narrative to create a face-paced and readable book. It is a page-turner. This is the second work of Mr. Bethel’s that I have read. The first being Evil Town. His ability to make a story come alive is impressive. The characters are multi-dimensional and the settings detailed and realistic. I intend to read more of his work in the future. — Terry Shepherd, The Garrison Books Blood Moon is unforgettable. Bethel’s writing makes you feel like a character in the book. The characters are vivid and the story keeps you guessing. This is a hard book to put down and once you finish the story, the characters will stay with you. A true life story of good versus evil. Katie Gregorio, CEO of Foodwise I’m a reader of true crime and found Blood Moon to be better than any book in that genre that I’ve ever read. It has the detail and mystery of a true crime book but the “art” of a novel with its compelling dialogue and superb character studies. A truly horrible crime is studied in a way only a novelist can — compassionately — but told with the detail and dispassion of a police procedural. You’ll LOVE Blood Moon.– Kate Orgeira As I read Blood Moon I kept thinking, “This cannot really be based on a true.” The book pulls the curtain aside and gives the reader a grisly look at true evil. The author manages to draw the reader into the pain and frustration of the victim and, somehow, even help you understand the perpetrators. This is a must read for those of us who enjoy true crime stories. –Terry Wade, Political Speech Writer, former Chief of Staff at the Republican National Committee

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