Caina by Joe Albanese – Book Review

Caina by Joe Albanese – Book Review

Caina by Joe Albanese


Author – Joe Albanese
Publisher – Mockingbird Lane Press
Pages – 124
Released – 5th July 2018
ISBN 13 – 978-1643167848
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Cara
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book


Twins tend to be closer than typical siblings. They often share a bond that is oftentimes unexplainable.*

For some reason that bond didn’t apply to Grant and Lee Tolan. Grant was always the responsible one. Lee, on the other hand, was always in trouble and in jail, self-destructing to the point the twins hadn’t seen or spoken in years.

In trouble with the Irish mob who wanted him sleeping with the fishes, finding Grant dead of an apparent suicide, Lee did the only thing that made sense. He switched identities.

Instead of making life easier, Lee is plunged into a world the Irish and Italian crime families, the Mexican cartel and the DEA. Pitting one against the other, Lee enlists the help of friends to save his own life. He will need a miracle.

But Grant’s secret is the biggest shock of all for Lee and he must re-evaluate his entire life.*Maureen Healy, author of Growing Happy Kids.

Review 2017

Caina follows down on his luck Lee as he struggles to repay his debts among the criminal gangs of LA. With a price tag now on his head, Lee makes a desperate visit to his more successful twin brother in the hopes of finding a bit of help, little does he know this trip will turn his life upside down.

Finding his brother dead in his home, Lee takes on his brother’s identity to try and hide from his current life. With the help of old friends and new, Lee finds out that his brother’s life isn’t as perfect as he thought.

Along the way we meet gangs, drug lords, secret lovers and undercover investigators who all have a big part to play.

Although only a novella, Caina has plenty of action packed into it. It’s a fun, excitable read that leaves you fully satisfied by the end. The characters are enjoyable to spend your time with and you find yourself rooting for them throughout. If your looking for a quick, easy, entertaining read, this is the perfect book.

Reviewed by Cara

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About the Author

Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry can be found in publications across the U.S. and in ten other countries. Joe is the author of Smash and Grab and Caina.

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17 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This one may be too intense for me – thanx for the review

  2. Tasha says:

    It sounds like it really packs a punch for a novella.

  3. This sounds like a thrilling, wild ride!

  4. Not my usual genre but since it’s a novella that peeks my interest!

  5. Karina says:

    Sounds a bit common to me especially in movies but it’s good to know that it’s still good. Glad you enjoyed!

  6. Great review!

  7. VIDYA TIRU says:

    since it is a novella, i might check it out

  8. jennifer gaarder says:

    Hmm, these novellas are tough, but it seems the author did a good job. I may have to try this one out!

  9. Eline says:

    I wouldn’t normally have picked this up, but you make it sound very intriguing!

  10. Great review Cara, this book and author are new to me but I am really glad you enjoy this book fully. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.