Review: The Protectors
by Bernard De Leo
The Protectors by Bernard Lee Deleo is what happens when cops Connor Bradwick and Ellie James enforce the law in one of the perennially most dangerous cities in the country: Oakland, CA. They are tired of the lawlessness that has seemingly taken over the city. Things get trickier when they bust an illegal alien processing center and find that they are not only dealing with not only the El Salvadorian gangster but his gang of terrorists and a corrupt politician who doesn’t want to lose his paycheck.
Initially when I first heard about THE PROTECTORS I thought it was going to be about a couple of cops who turn to vigilantism to try to stop the crime in a city that they both loved. Although it may be the wrong thing to do in some people’s eyes you can see why they feel as they do. I grew up in one of the most dangerous cities in the country as well and sometimes I wished that cops like them would do the same thing that Connor and Ellie did. You can feel their frustration at having to do things according to the laws on the books that sometimes protects the criminals more then law abiding citizens.
Fans of shows like Law and Order and Criminal Minds will absolutely love this book. You will not want to put THE PROTECTORS down until you get to the end of the book. This is the first time I have read Bernard Lee Deleo but I know it will not be the last.
Connor Bradwick and Ellie James enforce the law in one of the perennially most dangerous cities in the country: Oakland, CA. Bradwick snaps when he and James bust in on a kidnapping ring, enslaving children for pornography. He brutally executes the three kidnappers, stunning James. He sets up the scene to pass for self-defense with Ellie James cooperation. Their ruse succeeds, triggering a two cop crackdown on crime the city of Oakland’s leaders scurry to stop. Dedicated to end ‘look the other way’ crime suppression tactics, ending in destruction and death for the common people in Oakland, Bradwick and James decide it’s time to go on offense.
Connor explains it this way after they rescue the kidnapped children, “The kids made me start thinking about how I want folks to look at us. I don’t care anymore to visit someone to tell them we found the people who broke into their business or house and robbed them blind. I want them to wave at us from their house or business as we go by because we prevent the gangbangers, drug dealers and thugs from terrorizing them.”
The crime war takes on different meaning when they bust an MS-13 El Salvadoran gangster’s illegal alien processing center. Connor and Ellie run headlong into a corrupt politician on the gangster’s payroll, and the terrorists behind him. Soon, everyday crime fighting busts become a fond memory.
Author Bio: Bernard Lee DeLeo
I’ve fixed cars and trucks for over three decades in my one man shop in Oakland, CA. I write adventure novels and have contracted two of them out to E-book publishers. I served four years in the US Navy, three aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger. After my discharge in 1972 I graduated from Chabot College with an AA degree in Auto Technology and a BA degree in English from Cal State Hayward. Wild Child Publishing released my writer/assassin novel COLD BLOODED in November of 2011. I’ve also self-published eleven novels, all of which are available on Amazon, including my new release, THE PROTECTORS. I love writing of all kinds, and have just begun writing in the very different genre of screenplay writing. In addition to new projects I hope to adapt some of my novels into screenplays. At this time I am completing a YA/Paranormal trilogy, I plan to release in the next year, and I have a fantasy paranormal titled LAYLA which I will release in the coming months.