On the Run by Izai Amorim #BookReview

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Author : Izai Amorim
Release date : September, 2016
Version : Kindle
Genre : Literary fiction, Humour

Pages: 326
Source : Netgalley.com

Have you ever had a nightmare where you are running for your life and there is a group of people,  who are chasing you?  And you don’t know why you are running and who is chasing you.  All you know is that you have to keep being a step ahead and always running trying to get faster and faster.  It is a scary situation and you don’t know why.   The protagonist of the novel ‘On the Run’ is living this nightmare.

The super rich 25 year old, Pablo is drifting through the good life.  He will always have everything going great for him till the end of his life and the next few generations.

But one day,  he is stuck in crossfire between Mexican and Columbian drug dealers.  He discovers from the Mexicans that his identity has been stolen and someone else has been committing crimes and being a drug lord in his name.  And to further implicate him,  there is a dealing which happens in his own apartment.  The Mexicans shoot the Colombians and leave Pablo’s finger prints all over the place.  He has no way to escape.  But he does escape and finds himself in another of the mindless shootings in the US which has been happening recently with sickening frequency.  He escapes again.  He knows he is in deep sh*t now.  He is being trailed by Colombians who want revenge and also the FBI,

He runs away and disappears.  He tries to lose his identity. But that is just one of his problems.  He has to learn life skills he never needed like surviving the streets,  subsisting on limited money, going without food or even a plan for the day.

[stextbox id=”custom” caption=”It’s a roller coaster. And it is hilarious” shadow=”true”]The book is written in first person in the voice of Pablo. It is interesting to note his innermost thoughts.  They are hilarious at times, sometimes a bit dark.  The book is very well researched.  There is very insightful details on how the crime scene works.  It is funny most of the times.  There are some great characters there like Mad Dog who is a drug dealer with an attitude and a penchant for spy novels,  Joe is a drug addict but a great friend,  Catherine is the love of Pablo’s life but she is married and doesn’t want to leave her third husband.  But, the best was Pablo’s dysfunctional family.  His father, mother, siblings are funny and weird.  Don’t we have them all?

I would highly recommend the book for thriller seekers and also those wanting a good laugh.



New York City, early nineteen-nineties: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he? What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On The Run. More than a contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.

Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On The Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric – and shows how they mix, match, and clash.


About Izai Amorim
“Make me think, make me laugh, make my day!”

That’s why Izai Amorim reads and writes books. He has great interest in the interplay of media, information, and politics in a globalized world and the quest for identity and borders in a worldwide cultural melting pot. Izai was born and raised in Brazil but spent most of his adult life abroad, briefly in the USA, mostly in Germany.

He was trained as an architect and worked many years in this profession. But his real passion is story telling. At some point in his life he decided to mix storytelling with architecture, changed profession, and became a branding consultant, something that he loves and has been doing to these days.

His first novel The Games (2013) is a humorous but dark, even mean, political thriller. This mother of all conspiracies shows how information is processed to create and spread the stories needed to establish power structures not accountable to anyone.




5 thoughts on “On the Run by Izai Amorim #BookReview

  1. I haven’t heard of this book before, but it sounds like a good one. Adding it my TBR list…. 🙂

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