"A shockingly plausible political thriller that transcends the usual worst-case-scenario about American border security." — BestThrillers.com
"Bill King has successfully captured the spirit of Yellowstone and transported it to South Texas. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." — BestThrillers.com
This modern-day parable begins with the badly-splintered Commissioners Court of a remote Texas border county shockingly declaring its independence from both Texas and the United States...and then immediately being formally recognized by the United Nations and nearly sixty foreign countries.
The resulting friction and conflict that follows between the state of Texas and the newly-created and increasingly-hostile Revolutionary Republic of Yucatec del Norte—not to mention roiling tensions with the U.S. federal government—will seem not only plausible, but uncomfortably realistic.
THE SALTY IGUANA is the second novel in the Doc Gunther thriller series about a modern-day Texas Ranger assigned to the southern border with Mexico.
Jacob "Doc" Gunther is a modern-day Texas Ranger assigned to Company D of the Rangers, whose area of responsibility runs for 640 miles along the US-Mexico border, from South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico to Val Verde County (including Del Rio and Lake Amistad) in the west, the same distance as between New York City and Cincinnati, Ohio. NOTE: this also represents roughly half of the 1,241-mile border between Texas and Mexico.
In real life, the Texas Rangers conduct investigations into major violent crime, public corruption, cold case and officer-involved shootings, as well as overseeing the Texas Department of Public Safety's border security and tactical and crisis negotiation programs.
If you enjoy quirky characters from authors like John Sandford, Robert B. Parker, and Elmore Leonard, you’ll love the Doc Gunther & Pete Cortez thrillers.
Porfirio "Pete" Cortez IV is the protagonist in a series of FBI mystery/thriller novels written by Bill King.
The son of an American petroleum engineer, Pete was born and raised in Venezuela before returning to the U.S. for college, the fourth generation of his family to attend Texas A&M University. Following five years in the Army, during which he served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Cortez left active military service to begin a new career as an FBI agent. He is currently assigned to the FBI Houston Field Office.
THE CONSULAR OFFICIAL, the sixth Pete Cortez thriller, was released in August 2023.
If you enjoy quirky characters from authors like John Sandford, Robert B. Parker, and Elmore Leonard, you’ll love the Pete Cortez & Doc Gunther thrillers.