Saving Myles


Wade, a respected commercial loan officer, and his estranged wife, Fiona, make the unbearable decision to send their son to an expensive treatment center for behavioral problems. But after he returns home, the teenager sneaks off to Tijuana to score drugs and is kidnapped.

When the ransom call comes, Fiona is frantic and accepts help from André, the Quebecois whose charity Fiona runs. André is married to a Mexican woman and is a former kidnap victim himself. Wade is wary of André’s reputation and the bank he owns. But seeing no other way to secure a kidnap negotiator or the ransom, he swallows his doubts to get his son home.

Myles safely returns only to fall in love with André’s daughter. As Wade and André’s families become more enmeshed, agents from the FBI and DEA pressure Wade to bring down André’s bank and the cartel family behind it. Wade doesn’t feel in danger until his colleague is murdered in Tijuana. Now he has to do whatever it takes to save his family.


Recommended by The Big Thrill magazine

“Vonderau deftly paints the portrait of a family in duress in this exhilarating thriller, which stands out both for its heavy plotting and witty dialogue… There is constant tension in the plot while the measured pacing adds to a truly unforgettable, thrilling experience. Nevertheless, what sets Saving Myles apart from other thrillers are his characterizations. The protagonists come across as plausible, three-dimensional human beings who are forced to make hard decisions spontaneously, without having time to contemplate potential consequences. You don’t want to miss it!”
The Big Thrill

“Chilling, immersive, and utterly heartbreaking. This propulsive international thriller about sacrifice and family loyalty—with compelling characters forced to make impossible choices amid intense danger and breathtaking duress—will have you racing to the gasp-worthy ending.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author

“How far would you go to save your child from harm? Wade Bosworth is about to learn that what’s being asked of him is too far. Take a breath and hang on.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“From the opening of his tour-de-force thriller Saving Myles, Carl Vonderau had me hooked. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. But Saving Myles isn’t just a tightly woven and utterly compelling thriller. It’s also a profound exploration of the sacrifices we’re willing to make to protect the people we love. Vonderau is an author whose storytelling ability promises a great future. I, for one, look forward eagerly to whatever he’ll offer readers next.”
—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author

Saving Myles takes readers on a tense journey into the heart of a family pushed to the limit, then beyond, to rescue their teenage son. Carl Vonderau has given us an intense and suspenseful story of love, loyalty, and danger.”
—Meg Gardiner, New York Times bestselling author

“Carl Vonderau paints his world with words and Saving Myles is his masterpiece. Taut, gut-wrenching and heartfelt, Saving Myles grabs you in a velvet vise of eloquent prose, elegant descriptions and honest dialog and tells a twisty, expertly plotted, and character driven tale of kidnapping, cartels and family upheaval. If you haven’t heard of Carl Vonderau yet, you will after Saving Myles.”
—Matt Coyle, author of the Shamus, Anthony and Lefty Award-winning Rick Cahill crime series

“Vonderau has a gift for creating multi-dimensional characters that are authentic…. Fans of fast-paced suspense must read Saving Myles.”
—Reader Views

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