Adventures in storytelling by Bob Rector

THE BRIDGE TO CARACAS by Stephen Douglas

How was an incredible $325,000,000 theft achieved using The Peace Bridge as a fulcrum? It was a piece of national history. The story had to be told. One of the largest and most audacious gasoline tax evasion scams in Canadian and U.S. history. The scam netted an amount “that makes The New York State Lottery look like a Sunday school collection.”



After reading Steve Douglas’s new thriller The Bridge To Caracas, I promise you’ll never again feel the same about pulling up to a gas pump. And once you start filling your tank, you’ll wonder what you’re filling your tank with. And the thought of that will probably cause your spine to tingle. Thanks Steve.

The driving force of this fast-paced story, set in the 60s and 70s, is the cutthroat world of gasoline distribution among indie Canadian and U.S. suppliers primarily for the purpose of undercutting the majors and evading taxes. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake and greed and malice rise to the surface like oil on water.

Steve Douglas knows of which he writes. His career in the oil industry spanned 30 years working for two of the largest companies in the business before starting his own business. The complicated schemes of the players involved all have the ring of truth.

Caught up in this diabolical world are star-crossed lovers Mike King and Karen Taylor. They are headed for the altar but are separated by events neither could have imagined. When the two find each other again, both are married, but are still desperately in love with each other and know they always will. Unfortunately, the man Karen married, Jim Servito, is evil personified.

Servito is also the kingpin of the gas underworld and has no qualms about eliminating the competition anyway necessary. He is a character so vile that after reading a passage he’s in, you want to go wash your hands.

Mike King is also a small time gas supplier but an honest one. And he’s determined to get Karen back, especially after Servito brutalizes her. What ensues is a battle royale from Canada to South America, with the Feds joining in the fight. Who will come out on top is anybody’s guess. One thing is certain, there will be blood.

If you enjoy action packed thrills and adventure with a heavy dose of romance thrown in, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.


Born and raised in Canada, Stephen spent the first half of his career working for the two largest oil companies in the world: Exxon and royal Dutch Shell. He spent the second half working for one of the smallest oil companies in the world; his own. Now retired, he spends his summers with his wife, Ann, at their Canadian home near Niagara Falls. He winters at their Florida home in Port St. Lucie. When he is not writing, he is reading, traveling, or playing bad golf. He plans to write until the day he dies, probably longer.

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