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The Curse of Sacerdozio – A Review

 

THE CURSE OF SACERDOZIO
a tale of judicial conspiracy
The Supremes, Book 1
by
GLEN AARON
  Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery Publisher: BookBaby
Date of Publication: June 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 275
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In Supreme Court books, there is seldom the intrigue of murder and of crime and punishment within the chambers. The Curse of Sacerdozio takes the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on a fictional journey that keeps you turning pages. As President Trump takes power, this tale raises questions about what influences drive him in judicial appointments, while at the same time entertaining the reader in a political and legal thriller.
The issues of abortion, marriage, and the conduct of Supreme Court Justices wrapped in judicial conspiracy to control the Court and Congress come into stark conflict. The power of the church and motivated thinking highly organized pressure groups like the Federalist Society and Opus Dei are revealed in this plot driven novel.
While the story of the protagonist, Tommy Jon, is a success story within itself, as he is the first Jicarilla Apache to graduate from Harvard Law School and clerk for a Supreme Court Justice, his downfall is in contesting the judicial philosophy of Justice Sacerdozio. When the judge is found dead floating in a hot mineral pool on a ranch retreat in West Texas, Tommy Jon becomes a target of the FBI in suspicion of murder. The climax of the novel is his trial in the Federal District Court in El Paso.
Underlying the plot, the reader will realize a serious concern about just who President Trump really is. The political conspiracy that has brought the religious right and the judiciary together is unfolding and coming to fruition, now, in Washington. The Curse Of Sacerdozio is fictional in its tale but realistic in its revelations.
Praise for The Curse of Sacerdozio:
“The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy rings through with originality, a story that will have readers gripped from beginning to end.” Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
“The characters are all wonderful, and some are more than what they seem.” – Jay Snook
“Aaron has done his research!” – Jenn Jilks, Cottage Country Reflections
“The novel entertains as it educates allowing the reader to be both intrigued and informed.” – The Nerdy Girl Express
“Aaron displays a knack for describing and creating emotion in any event.” — Sharon Kurack, StarryMag
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Review
The Curse of Sacerdozio – My Review
“In thinking whether he should allow Cantu to take him out of the mountains, Rio reasoned that as an Apache had Tommy Jon been threatened by a mountain lion, he would come to his immediate defense.”
This fictional book is ripped from the headlines of the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia in early 2016. But it turns out to be so much more than just dealing with the death of a prominent judge.
Glen Aaron’s book touches on the controversial topics of abortion, interpreting the Constitution, Native American rights, to how trials are handled just to name a few. There is a lot going on this short volume of work that kept me interested in reading it.
As a researcher of past courtroom testimonies, the best part of this book shines with the witness testimonies in the federal case of bringing a trial against the main character of Tommy Jon for the death of Supreme Court Judge Anton Sacerdozio. The testimonies in Tommy’s defense carry the story so quickly that I got so engrossed and didn’t want to put the book down. The way his trial lawyer handles the case is fascinating as new witnesses are called to the stand to testify to clear Tommy.
Aaron touches on the remoteness of West Texas in visual ways that helps readers understand the true vastness of the region, because some places here in Texas you cannot get to without a four-wheeler or airplane. That’s the beauty of this state. I’ve had more than my fair share of windshield time during my driving and Aaron’s touching on it made me reflect if others do the same.
The curse Tommy feels and senses tears at his soul until he goes back to the site where the judge died to cleanse himself. A Native American whose only name is Rio guides him along this journey to rid Tommy of the curse left by the Judge in both life and death. Rio’s character shines during the courtroom testimony where he tells the attorney that he has no birth certificate, no bills – he is just Rio. Gosh to be that free and living in the mountains would be gift on most days. I liked how the author interpreted the Marfa Lights phenomenon as spirits of old ancestors.
Given all these positive attributes the author’s writing could be tighter, along with cleaning up numerous typos in the book. There are big passages where the story flows perfectly. Aaron has the possibility to take this book to a higher level if he made it more conservational and less disjointed. I look forward to reading more by Aaron.
No matter what I’ll always remember the character of Rio.
Glen Aaron was born in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Midland. In 1962, while attending Baylor, he ran for State Representative from Midland at he age of 21. He lost that election in a runoff by 42 votes. Deciding politics was not for him, he graduated Baylor with a BA and moved on to the University of Texas law school. There, he won the Moot Court competition arguing before the Supreme Court of Texas sitting en banc. After acquiring his JD, Glen spent forty years in trial law and international business and banking. Today, he lives in Midland with his wife Jane Hellinghausen and two rottweilers. He enjoys writing and working with the Permian Basin Bookies. Author of: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation — even crime; The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America’s highest ranking military officer convicted of spying; The Prison Experience; The Prison People.
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