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  • Writer's pictureDan Feltham

Mexican Standoff


A Mexican standoff is a simultaneous confrontation among three opponents. The tactics for such a confrontation are substantially different than a one on one duel, where the first to shoot has the advantage. In a confrontation among three armed and mutually hostile participants, the first to shoot is at a tactical disadvantage. If opponent A shoots opponent B, then while so occupied, opponent C can shoot A, thus winning the conflict. Since it is the second opponent to shoot that has the advantage, no one wants to go first, hence, a permanent standoff or stalemate, unless someone makes a mistake. So, the unanswered question is: what is the best thing to do in such a circumstance?


While being held captive, Socorro Castillo must consider escape, face being sold for guns,

or bargain for her life and honor with the narcissistic cartel leader. The novel is a sequel to The Catalina Connection and includes danger, conflict, romance and a few surprises. Enjoy some scenes of Mexico as you read.




In a previous novel, The Catalina Connection, a fictitious Ensenada Mexican cartel ‘Los Tigres’ employs a new narcotics smuggling method through Santa Catalina Island into the Southern California lucrative drug market. High-speed luxury powerboats are used far at sea to move the drugs undetected across the border from Mexico.


A strong Santa Ana wind plays a role in the plot’s discovery and two old CIA/DEA friends form a partnership to identify the smugglers and attempt to capture the gang.


A beautiful Mexican detective, Socorro Castillo, has purposely involved herself in the smuggling scheme; she aids the friends, is wounded in a gunfight and falls in love. The story is set against the backdrop of Southern and Baja California.



As a reward to each other, the friends vacation in Nuevo Vallarta on Banderas Bay, Mexico where they again must face the evils of a local drug cartel.






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