Cocaine River Kid (Book)

Book Release: February 1, 2016
Cocaine River Kid (Book)


Poverty, ignorance and lack of faith in God can birth hopelessness. Within this kind of environment, the need for survival often compels people to farm, process and sell illegal drugs under the most life-threatening conditions. After all, it is far easier and far more profitable to sell cocaine than, say, coffee beans. Cocaine, in turn, breeds violence from those drug lords and militias who wish to control the drug profits. Lawlessness prevails, and the mighty rule the weak. Justice is largely administrated with the point of a gun and without due process. Peace, joy and love are rare.

Within this setting, one mother (Magdalena) cries out to God above to save her baby (Pucho) from her violent husband (Jaime) and Columbia’s vengeful and powerful warlords, and the prayer is answered.

Dr. Wesley L. King relays the true story of one rescued young boy who came to “The Sweet Refuge” Orphanage (El Dulce Refugio) in Banos, Ecuador, seeking asylum from a violent past.

Dove Review

“Cocaine River Kid” is a raw and gripping book based on true events about a character named Pucho. His story is one of pain and suffering. Born into poverty in Colombia, his father Jaime raises coca plants and manufactures cocaine, sells it, and also works for guerillas, who are often pursued by paramilitaries. Jaime is a drinking, violent man. He burns Pucho’s sister’s legs and uses a machete on Pucho more than once. He abuses Pucho’s mother, his wife, and eventually turns her over to be killed. This is after she accepts Christ. She is described as a patient, loving wife and mother, who is terribly mistreated but holds on to her hope in God.

The story is often violent, with characters punching and kicking others, shooting and killing them, and selling drugs. However, a ray of hope shines through the darkness as the gospel touches lives. Pucho eventually finds a home. Dr. Wesley L. King, the director of El Dulce Refugio, a home for homeless boys, tells the story. Due to the violence and drug sales, we are awarding this book our “Faith-Based” Seal, which is awarded to films that have a faith message with some objectionable content. It has also earned four Doves.

Content Description

Sex: A comment about a few prostitutes and consideration of an abortion that doesn't happen; man moves himself and his son in with woman and her three sons, but there are no comments about sex.
Language: Comment that a man swore often and used the names of dirty animals, although specific names are not used; some name calling, such as "big liar."
Violence: A lot of violence, including an abusive husband who hits his wife, bloodies her head, kicks her while she is pregnant; guerillas and paramilitaries, who are violent and shoot and kill people; a chicken's head is taken off its body; a young man is described as being dead and in a blood-drenched uniform; a comment about sticks being inserted in pregnant women to make the babies come out; a man is said to have shot children and babies; a woman is beaten and bruised; a man is shot in the head and bleeds; a woman's throat is cut; drug-related violence is mentioned; boy hit in ear with machete, and he bleeds; boy receives blows from broomsticks.
Drugs: A character drinks whiskey and is a mean drunk; drinking binges; the processing of coca plants and the making of cocaine in addition to the selling of it; a needle is inserted into a girl's arm with medicine to help her.
Nudity: Some boys go shirtless in the heat.
Other: Death and grief; tension between the characters; woman steals chickens from neighbor, because her husband pressures her to do so; hunger is a constant problem for many people; a character vomits a few times, due to disgust with blood and death; two chicken feet are mentioned in a description of chicken noodle soup.


Company: Abba Father Media, Inc.
Writer: Dr. Wesley L. King
Genre: Drama
Pages: 84
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter