John Guillen, author
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Purchase Link: Amazon
Houston area private eye Andrew Banks is hired by sixteen-year-old Mercedes Vega to figure out what's dividing her parents. As soon as he meets the rest of the Vega family he realizes that the situation is only one step away from becoming dire. He puts the safety of the family over everything else until the case hits much too close to home. It becomes a race against a wealthy restaurant owner that ultimately becomes deadly.
I believe Divided Within is an impressive debut novel. Clearly John Guillen is a talented writer and is knowledgeable about the subject matter he is writing about. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that it is a great mix of mystery and action.
The protagonist, Andrew Banks is extremely confident in himself. It seemed when I was growing tired of his constant perfection, Guillen showed us an emotional side of Banks and that helped me come around to the character.
I applaud the author for a job well done. Divided Within contains quality writing, and an adventurous story. I am eagerly awaiting John Guillen’s next novel.
John Guillen has had a love of books for as long as he can remember. As a grade school student he would browse the tables of the semi-annual book fairs at his school and convince his parents to buy as many books as he could. This passion would reemerge years later as a high school teen. He'd read books by the best crime authors of the day long before completing the required school work.
John knew early on in college that he wanted to become a writer and immediately began work on his debut novel, Divided Within, less than two weeks after graduating from the University of Houston Downtown in May 2013.
When he's not writing or reading a new novel, he enjoys listening to country music and staying up to date on current news stories.