Monday, April 18, 2016

'Big Jim' is an InD'tale Magazine RONE Award Nominee for Best Suspense

I'm very excited to learn my latest adventure / suspense thriller has been nominated for InD'Tale Magazine's RONE award in the Best Suspense category.

'Big Jim' has been a decade-long project for me, and the research I explored took me to a time when African safaris was everyone's dream. I am pleased to announce the book reviewers awarded my novel with a 4 (or higher) STAR rating, which placed my book in the qualifying category.

I ask readers to please login to and register so you may place a vote. Voting for the 2nd category of books begins April 25 - May 1, 2016. This is when a vote for 'Big Jim' begins. Please share the word with family, friends, and readers everywhere.

Your vote for my novel is appreciated beyond words (I know, a funny thing for a writer to say!). My book can be ordered from you favorite local bookstore or your favorite online retailer.

Keep on reading!

All the best for you and your family!


Friday, March 4, 2016

'Big Jim' - a Novel

David Lucero's Latest Adventure/Thriller Novel 'Big Jim' Now Available

Why do you hunt?" Mary asked.
Big Jim held up his rifle and said, "It's in our nature to hunt."

James 'Big Jim' Peck is a highly-sought professional game hunter in Africa; but when a client is killed in a hunting expedition gone awry, he's forced to hang up his guns and retreat to his plantation during an ongoing investigation.

When a rogue Cape buffalo villagers believe is infused with an evil spirit terrorizes the territory, Big Jim agrees to track and kill the creature. With his trusted partner, Caesar Wilde, and American photo-journalist Mary Watkins, they embark on a journey in the African bush.

After a series of inexplicable deadly encounters the hunters soon realize they are up against a creature unlike any other they have hunted, and it will take all their combined experience to kill it...or be killed!

Big Jim is replete with undercurrents of social change, wildlife management, and hunting politics and is a recommendation for readers who want more than a singular action novel. The 'you-are-there' action captures attention, but it's the interplay between reporter Mary, hunter Big Jim and his partner, Caesar Wilde, and the wider questions of African issues that capture attention and pose unexpected insights into Africa's special world. Big Jim presents a delightfully involving African saga for readers which explores so much more than the thrill of the hunt alone. -  Midwest Book Review

"'Big Jim' introduced me to the Africa of the 1950s. It's filled with larger-than-life characters traveling across rich, beautiful African landscapes where death can strike in the blink of an eye. Readers will be left on the edge of seat as they travel on safari with a hunter facing off his greatest challenge."

- Matt T. Schott, Award winning Sci-Fi Author of "Lord Skyler and The Earth Defense Force"

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Available On Kindle, Who's Minding the Store?

One manager. One store. A staff of back-stabbing assistants and employees who don't arrive for work on time. And over-demanding, and often wacky, customers who want the best products at the lowest price. Follow newly-promoted store manager, Derrick Payton, as he struggles to improve store sales in order to keep the company from closing their doors.

When Derrick gets transferred to The Design, Your Choice for Home Improvement's store in Encinitas, CA., he gets the shock of his life. His district manager tells him she has fired the previous store manager and is now giving him the job. The catch is he has one week to demonstrate strong sales or the company will shut the store and let everyone go     permanent!

Derrick must accomplish this impossible task with a pair of back-stabbing assistant managers who want his job, unaware of what's at stake. Upon arrival his first day he is met with employees who show no interest in answering phones, helping customers, and coming for work on time. And the clientele at this high-end retail business make his job tough, always asking for discounts, getting them, and still wanting more.

With his wife pushing him for a raise he knows he won't get, him trying to come up with ways to motivate employees who clearly do not want to work, and customers asking to speak with the manager every minute of the day, Derrick can't help but to wonder....Who says the customer is always right?

WHO'S MINDING THE STORE? is now available on Kindle.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Who's Minding the Store? in Paperback

Wholesale chaos in the world of Retail...
Derrick Payton, assistant manager of a high-end home improvement store, has been waiting nine years for a promotion to full store manager.  Now, the job has fallen into his lap.  Unfortunately, the store he’s been handed is on a downhill skid, and he only has a week to turn it around.
Now he has to battle crazy customers, employees who think the time clock is optional, and the dreaded Wicked Witches of the West—a pair of back-stabbing female associates who are determined to see him go down in flames.
His wife is pushing him to ask for a raise; his staff is trying to push him out the door; and his customers are about to push him over the edge.  Caught in the middle, Derrick can’t help but wonder...
Who says the customer is always right?

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Sandman

Code Name: SANDMAN
The CIA's top saboteur infiltrates the Bushehr Nuclear Research Facility in Iran, and starts a fire that threatens a core meltdown.  To bring the reactor under control, the Iranian technicians must restore coolant flow immediately, but the Sandman has barricaded himself inside the secondary control room, cutting off access to the necessary controls.
With time running out, a brilliant Iranian military officer takes charge of the battle against the deadly intruder.  The two men match wits as each tries to outmaneuver the other in the dark corridors of the underground complex.  With each passing second, the temperature in the reactor core climbs higher. 
The Sandman’s deadly strike comes as a shock to many of the people in positions of power.  Is he operating under orders, or has he gone rogue?  And what will happen if he manages to trigger a Chernobyl-scale nuclear catastrophe on Iranian soil?
The countdown is on...