Pulling Strings by P. Vera

Normally, I wouldn’t have picked up this novel if a friend hadn’t written it. With that said, you should be warned that this isn’t a paranormal novel in any aspect.

Pulling Strings is Pedro Alberto Vera’s second political fiction novel in his Republic of Puerto Rico series.

First off, Pulling Strings is a little outside of my comfort zone where books are concerned. I’m not one who goes for the terrorist, political espionage, covert operations style of writing, but for a friend, I was willing to give it a try. I also made a really stupid error, I never read the blurb on the back of the book until I was 50 pages in. I don’t know about a lot of people, but I tend to use the back to get an idea of what I’m going to be reading. Even after reading the blurb 50 pages in, I’m still not entirely sure what is going on. The basic idea of the novel is the American Government allowed Puerto Rico to become their own independent nation; however, the good USA is now regretting that decision. Why you ask? Easy, Puerto Rico is sitting on one of the worlds largest deposits of raw oil and now they have to play nice to get any of it. In addition to this, the new President of the Republic of Puerto Rico did not strip Puerto Ricans of their US citizenship, but allowed all born before the day the constitution was signed to be dual citizens. With the discovery of oil, Puerto Rico has become a major player in the Caribbean as well as has established financial independence. This new job market has allowed numerous Puerto Ricans the chance to return home, which has made the US a little wary of its Puerto Rican citizens returning to their home country. Now the US government is keeping an eye on all Puerto Ricans (especially those in government jobs) and Puerto Rico has joined the chess game that is international politics.

I have to say, for a novel that isn’t something I would normally pick up, it kept my attention enough to get through the entire thing. The one aspect I found hard was the lack of knowledge of what was going on. Something that came to mind while I was reading it was the Fox television show 24 (which I’m told is a compliment to the author). The first episode normally gives you all the information without really telling you what is going on and Pulling Strings definitely has that trait for the first few chapters. You know there is something going on, something behind the scenes, but it hasn’t be brought up yet. The stage is being set. As for the characters, we don’t find out a lot about them, just enough to know they are a part of the bigger story. There really isn’t that much character development, but this may have been accomplished in the first novel, Shining Star, and the characters were introduced in Pulling Strings won’t be showing up again.

Overall, Pulling Strings was good, it kept me interested in the story enough to read it all the way through, but it didn’t keep me glued to the pages. This really doesn’t surprise me since it’s not one of my genres, but I did enjoy it. The one thing I have a problem with is the ending. It just sort of stops. Everything that happens in the chapters leading up to the ending doesn’t really get explained or embellished upon and you’re left saying to yourself “that’s then end?”. Again, the novel was good, but if there isn’t a third novel coming after this, then I’m going to be annoyed. It’s like things are being set up throughout the novel, but nothing is ever completed. I don’t know if I like that. Either way, if you’re a fan of the television show 24, then I would check out this series. Definitely start with Shining Star first however.

Read Order:
Shining Star
Pulling Strings

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  1. I remember reading this book when it was still in the revising phase. Unfortunately I got so caught up in the story that I didn’t really offer much help for revising. Most of the books reviewed here are fantasy, whereas Pulling Strings is a modern military fiction, more in line with Tom Clancy.

    If you know anyone who enjoys Clancy or W.E.B. Griffin, get them a copy of Pulling Strings.

  2. I have just finished reading the first draft of Pedro Vera’s second book “Pulling Strings” which is a continuation of the series starting with the book Shining Star.

    You will love this book. Having minutes ago just read it, I want to read it again.

    Pedro shows a much more developed writing style with Pulling Strings which includes well developed plot lines, surprising twists, and just the right level of detail. There are some characters from the first book as well as new characters who come to life with a vengence. The flow of the book is fast, raw, and geeky which makes you want to turn the next page and the next.


    Puerto Ricans, whether they are called Independents (independentistas), Patriots or Nationalists or Freemen, who desire to be free, must always know that the federal government, here in the States has no “subject matter jurisdiction” over the person, case or location and should be challenged to proof it. These are magic words to learn when in Court for desiring freedom for your/our Country.

    You won’t be told this in court but: All jury members, judges, attorneys, and employees working in federal court, must reside in federal territory to legally be a federal juror or touch your case or they can be commercially sued, disbarred and financially ruined for violating your constitutional rights etc.

    Your god given right to be free is not wanted by the USA, it will oppose your desire for independence and freedom, because the Federal USA is a profit based Corporation.

    The Federal Government is a District of Columbia “Corporation”, as are all the States of the USA. These Corporations were formed for the benefit of the real owners. Since June of 1933, everything since then, is under Contract law or commercial law, aka Admiralty law, to benefit your masters in power.

    The Federal Government owns Puerto Rico as an ASSET, because it is a slave colony—whether you like the idea or not. But the Federal Government takes orders from those who own and run this (Corporation) Country, but are not of this country. The International Bankers, who really own the corporations called the USA, will let PR be free, only if enough real men of Boricua blood wish to be free, by reserving their rights under the Constitution. Their books will be adjusted and we will be free.

    The answer to your freedom lies in your Constitutional rights — To win –You must always reserve your constitutional, commercial rights and know what they are and how to do so.

    The USA has been the biggest alien invaders the world has ever known. In order to win your freedom, you must oppose them by knowing that their weakness lies in their violations and in their treasons to the Constitution and to the common law and common law remedies.

    The majority of Americans have no idea that the USA has killed more Latinos, than Hitler Killed Jews, The USA has supported Traitors, Dictators, Gringitos, Butchers, Sociopaths, and Megalomaniacs who were supported and kept in power by these monsters, sucking up to the Anglo Alien Invaders.

    Latin America has had enough of this form of genocide of Latinos. That includes other African, Asian etc. countries that lost millions of innocent people from USA aggression.

    I want to vomit every time some ignorant fools says: “If you don’t like it here –go home”.

    If the Alien Invaders would get out of each and every Latin Country and stop interfering in our affairs—it would make sense to say such a stupid thing. But unless the (Feds) Snakes get out of Latin America-we have just as much right to be here!!! So, grin and put up with it—this was once our land.

    A Puerto Rican without a desire for independence and/or freedom from alien control has no heart and soul of a man.

    The fact that the public does not know that we are NOT free, makes no difference, to the desire to be free. The PR that wants Statehood is a Gringito, who has no soul of a man left in his traitor’s heart. Freedom is happening all over the world and yet we allow Gringitos to kill our right to be free.

    A Gringito is a non-Anglo THING, IT is not really a “person”, just like a mass murderer is more like an animal than a person, who internally is so inferior, that he desires to be what he can not be—thus Gringito means little gringo.

    The Gringito is like an Uncle Tom to blacks or a collaborator and traitor to many others. To us he/she is all three and much worst. “It” is the enemy of freedom all thru out HUMAN history.

    We allow the Alien Invaders to kill, harm, abuse, rape, and scam us and yet the Gringito wants to give our Country away.

    This abuse must end. No man or woman is a real Man or real woman who is too scared to fight for their souls and be free. If you listen to the Gringito, you will lose your soul.

    Thru out eternity Humanity owes its freedom from slavery, ONLY to brave souls who fought for your right to be free.

    The fight will NOT succeed if you don’t fight the Gringito enemy/traitor/collaborator at home first. He is there next door and claims he is a real man and tries to give you many excuses of why PR can’t be a free Country.

    To give away your/our/my Country is not a right of alien invaders, visitors or foreigners with NO Puerto Rican Blood.

    The right to vote on THIS ISSUE should NOT be given to NON-Puerto Ricans.

    The fight for the independence of Puerto Rico is now non-violent and will be won in the hearts of real men around the World.

    The Ronbothunter,

    A proud freedom loving Puerto Rican.

    All Rights Reserved

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