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Salem, Oregon Author, Michael M. Pacheco, is a Finalist for 2013 Latino Literacy Now's Best Novel in Adventure/Drama Catergory

Salem, OR, May 04, 2013 --( Author Michael M. Pacheco's novella Seeking Tierra Santa: Summer Terror in Texas, is one of two finalists for a 2013 International Latino Book Award for Best New Novel in the Adventure/Drama category. An award ceremony will be held at the Cervantes Institute in New York City on May 30.

For newly enlisted Landon, a romantic dreamer with visions of high-octane adventure, signing up with the US Border Patrol is a sure path to the adrenaline rush he craves. Sure enough, his new agent gig delivers plenty of excitement, but he never imagined that two days in, it would include an unanticipated role as a terrorist hostage. Seeking Tierra Santa: Summer Terror in Texas, Michael M. Pacheco’s blood-pumping thriller on the Texas border, charts one man’s perilous plunge into the heart of jihadist darkness, as cultures clash and mettle is tested under an unforgiving Texas sun.

On his very first day on the job at El Paso Border Patrol Station, agent Landon is immediately swept up in the cruel and vicious world of drug trafficking at the Mexican border. He and his friend and colleague Ricki are faced with the brutal murder of two young Mexican men serving as mules. The bizarre circumstances of their killings also aren’t adding up for their mentor, a legendary Native American agent by the name of Bingo Sohappy.

Day two in Border Patrol finds Landon, Ricki, and Bingo at the mercy of two Iranian terrorists, Ahmed and his cousin Raheem, who take them hostage, along with a Mexican woman named Celina. In the perilous no-man’s land of the Sonora desert, belief systems are tested, hearts are torn wide open, and the lives of both hostages and terrorists are placed in mortal danger, as Ahmed clings desperately to a nuclear briefcase bomb. What emerges from the desert standoff is cataclysmic—and impossible to predict.

Both grand in scope and intimate in emotional depth, Seeking Tierra Santa tells the story of a young man's spiritual journey, and the empowering nature of faith, while adding healthy doses of humor along the way. Gathering a host of divergent views in a barren stretch of desert, it is a tale laden with both burdens and blessings with dead aim at the heart of our country’s most pressing conflicts in a page-turning exploit that is riveting and redemptive.

Michael M. Pacheco was born in Mexico but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He earned his BA from Gonzaga University and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University. He is now a retired attorney. His stories have appeared in numerous journals and literary magazines. In 2012, his novel, The Guadalupe Saints won second place in the ILBA Books-to-Movies Awards.

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