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Four ill-assorted terrorists band together to save Florida from developers, promoters and tourists. These guys wish to return Florida to the Indians, the eagles and the possums. And they'll stop at nothing to create it happen. Their cause is actually kind of appealing.And the terrorists are colorful: an unflappable Native American Seminole bingo-millionaire; a rabid anti-Castro Cuban bomber whose bombs never work quite right; a rabid white nature-lover; and a huge mad black man, former star fullback for the Miami y two guys recognize the seriousness of the threat - Brian Keyes, a softhearted young reporter turned personal investigator, and Al Garcia, a tough foul-mouthed e deadly antics of the terrorists create this book exciting reading. And even though the plot is awash in murdered tourists, Carl Hiasson manages to maintain a mood of intense hilarity. He also gives us a terrific hero. It's deeply gratifying to watch Brian Keyes transform from someone who can't stand the sight of blood or suffering into a pistol-packing man of e entertaining cast of characters contains beauty queens and Shriners, lunatic reporters and clueless is book was so much fun, I've ordered two more by Carl Hiaasen. Tourist Season is a seriously funny book with a serious message.
This is a amazing read, perhaps less speckled with Hiaasen's brilliant humor than his other works, but with a far more poignant message. To say more would give away the story. Having read all his novels at least twice, I think this one may include the most necessary statement. Very highly recommended.
Carl Hiaasen's books tend to follow a formula. That's not necessarily a poor thing; Clive Cussler has his successful formula, and uses it (as Hiaasen does his) to write good, suspenseful books. Heck, most of Dickens' books are somewhat formulaic. In Tourist Season, Hiaasen tweaks his formula slightly. As usual, the protagonist is someone (once again a failed reporter) forced into being a personal detective by circumstance. There's the femme fatale with whom our character is romantically involved versus his better judgement, who proves that his better judgement was correct. There's the world-weary cop - the returning hero Garcia. All of these are well-done variations of Hiaasen standard characters.But the main hero in all of Carl Hiaasen books is the same. The main hero is always Florida, lush, beautiful, Florida. Home to awesome wildlife and horrid humans intent on raping the land for private gain. Hiaasen usually pits his heroes versus these land speculators or other corrupt characters for which his home state is famous. This time is different, as the villains are a group of Eco-terrorists trying to scare people away from further developing South Florida through a series of dramatic murders of tourists and snowbirds. The motives of these villains are understandable, and ones with whom the author is sympathetic. Skip Wiley, the leader of the Eco-terrorists, even seems patterned after the author himself. They are not the usual grasping, money-obsessed grifters that Hiaasen portrays so brilliantly in other books. They have worthy goals. They are limited by their obsessions to the point of insanity.Hiaasen dispatches his villains to their deaths in his usual brilliantly ironic fashion, but with less glee than usual. The final stage is both satisfying and sad, and all you can do is hope that the eagle decides to fly.
**************************...............THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS............**********************************After reading Striptease, Basket Case and Powder Burn I have become a huge fan of Carl Hiaasen. While a beautiful amazing read Tourist Season, to my mind, is the weakest of the Hiaasen books I have read. My largest beef is that the ending, while dramatic, leaves just too a lot of loose ends unless Hiaasen has a sequel in mind. To wit: What happens with Brian, our hero, and the beauty queen, Kara Lynn? Did the Seminole, Tommy Tigertail, simply obtain away with the crimes of kidnapping and murder because he was able to slip away into the Everglades? What about Jenna who was a material witness; if not a co-conspirator in Skip Wiley's madness; did a grand jury ever sit in review of her actions?An epilogue was, IMHO, in order.
I am a Miami resident and I laughed myself silly over this boo when it first came out. I periodically buy another copy to give to somebody who can't believe that this city is real, and I tell them to read this book and see that this city is INSANE but perfectly delightful and somebody has to stand up to the developers who would pave paradise and place up a parking lot. Of particular delight is the condescending arrogance of the gringo newspaper writers toward the revolutionary protest group's Nom de Guerre (back when this was written, there were more gringos than Hispanics on the newspaper writing staffs), turning it from "Las últimas noches de diciembre" -- the nights of the Orange Bowl festivities -- to Los Nachos. Crazy funny.
Brian Keyes, a former newspaper reporter is now working as a personal eye, and he's been hired to prove the innocence of a suspect in the rather bizarre murder of the president of the Miami Chamber of Commerce. Keyes believes that his client is innocent, and discovers that the murder may be tied to the disappearance of a visiting Shriner. Then other tourists and snow birds start disappearing. There is a local terrorist group, the Nights of December, aka "The Nachos" who are claiming responsibility and Keyes knows the leader of the group very well. Skip Wiley is a well loved newspaper columnist who is dismayed at the rate of development in Florida and is determined to drive all the people out so that Florida can return to it's natural state. There are alligator attacks, bombings, beauty queens and Shriners involved, and it was a fun read.
Just a small bit of a disappointment for this long-time Hiaasen fan. It was hard to obtain into. I kept reading only because it was Mr. H, and I thought any min it would become a fun read. But at best it was only mildly and sporadically arly 400-page narrative too long for the somewhat strange, weak plot. Couldn't develop any interest for the characters. Can't recommend this one--particularly if you've read any of his other books, all of which are much better. Gave three stars instead of two only because it wasn't totally unlikeable.
I just moved to Naples (Florida!) 3 years ago, after living in NY Town for more than 35 yrs.I think that I am fully adapted to this part of the world, but I have yet to integrate to this culture!Carl Hiaasen's writing style, both, in his books and in the newspapers, are a truly intellectual tutorial to understand this colorful, but enigmatic part of this country. His description of the landscape is unbelievable and he sends a true notice regarding the "new" development of northern migration and what this does to this natural landscape and cultural environment, but is it worth it?He does this in a literary way, full of mystery and sardonic humor but sending a true message: meal for thought!!!I love reading his work
I've been reading Carl Hiassen's work for years, having jumped in around the middle, with "Native Tongue," "Skin Tight" and "Striptease." I've more recently been working my method through the rest of his catalog, including "Stormy Weather" and "Double Whammy," with his two recent books in hardback waiting on my to-be-read shelf.But years after the liner notes for a Jimmy Buffett song ("The Ballad of Skip Wiley and Skeet" off his "Barometer Soup" album) created me go look for this Hiassen's guy's works in a book store, I'm finally getting around to "Tourist Season," the first novel Hiassen wrote, featuring rogue newspaper columnist Skip 's said that you spend your entire life writing your first novel, as you inevitably place beautiful much all the amazing items in that one. Whatever the state of your craft, it's where your ideas, your amazing bits, your passion all gets poured into. While I've enjoyed other Hiassen books more (notably "Native Tongue" and "Skin Tight"), this certainly seems to be real for "Tourist Season." While all of his books have an overt current of rage directed at developers, destructive huge business and endemic corruption, he always makes sure to leaven that with humor, a small zaniness, and some sweetness. Not re, there's some amusing bits, a lot of them, really, but Hiassen's subsequent work has never been this dark, his rage never so undiminished. While all of his books barrel towards their climax, this is the first one I've read in which it's hard to see how there could be a satisfied ending, where the poor guys aren't REALLY poor and where it doesn't all seem like cosmic justice on the latest page. I won't spoil the ending, but by midway through the book, it's clear that with the heaping handfuls of moral ambiguity mixed in, it's hard to have anything better than a bittersweet a nutshell, Miami newspaper columnist Skip Wiley has had enough. Enough of the influx of Yankees to Florida and the concomitant woes of greed, development and reckless destruction of the environment. Especially the latter. When Skip Wiley goes missing, and a fresh terrorist organization, the Nights of December, starts targeting the tourist industry in South Florida (starting by shoving a rubber alligator down a man's throat and then putting his dead body inside his luggage), Skip's editor calls a former reporter turned personal investigator to track him down.Hiassen almost certainly does not advocate terrorism, murder and kidnap, but the cause is clearly near and dear to him, and he argues the Nights' cause eloquently. That makes their extremism tragic, and the possible endings all troubling.A solid novel, and one of Hiassen's best. While all of his novels will create you laugh, and hold you turning the pages, anxious to see what the next twist in the roller-coaster ride will be, "Tourist Season" will create you think, finitely recommended for any of his existent fans, as well as fans of Dave Barry or Elmore Leonard.
Being a Fern Michael's fan from method back, I looked forward to reading this novel only to search myself disappointed. This book, while interesting, lacks the quick-moving snappy writing style of her later works, such as the Sisterhood Series. There are issues with the flow from one "scene" to the next or one character's dialogue to the next; there are contradictions within the text that should have been caught in editing. I was not at all surprised to learn that this is actually one of her earliest novels reissued. Boy! How far Michaels has come in mastering her craft from those early days! I would just hate for this to be a reader's first foray into Fern Michael's writing; she is sooooooo much better than this book would indicate!
Normally fern Michel s write a decent story,this is not one of them,constantly portraying woman as victims and not getting them out of these situations is ridiculous. The main hero is such a glutton for punishment, and let's people continue to walk over her, had to force myself to skim through to the end. Think before you buy. Beginning is only amazing part
What a long, long book- I almost quit reading before I was 25% into it. I usually finish every book I begin and this was no exception. I did not like Spring, or most of Summer, but by the time I reached Autumn the book had improved. I thought all of the characters were a small off, especially her father and sisters. Ruby was a powerful character, but I didn't really like her until the end- and that seemed to be where she started liking herself. I'm glad I finished it.
I so wanted to love this book, but each time Ruby, Andrew, the sisters, etc did something stupid I wondered why I was still reading this book. I usually have fun Fern Michael's and the premise of the seasons of life is interesting but she missed the tag with this book. Don't waste your time
Ruby proves when you hit bottom there's only one put to go Up! Her friendships are the same as what I have experienced in my life, I found this story, a quick read, Couldn't wait to see how it ended and then when it was finished, I was sorry to allow go.
Every time I started to obtain into this story, like it's main character, I was left disappointed. Perhaps I expected too much but this book is mired in misery. That the heroine never finds real joy in anything is sad. The notice seemed to be to expect less and be content with crumbs of affection while consistently putting yourself on the line for others. Every relationship was toxic. Just bleh
And I always say, "I think this one is the best"!This one feels like it was written , almost , about me!Maybe a lot of us feel like our lives are like the seasons. And some seasons are better than others.But one thing is for sure, we can't ever have the possibility to go back and have a do-over! That's probably just as well. We'd more than likely do it the same of my favorite parts about this book is when Andrew tells Ruby that she's always expected too much from people, just like she expects too much from herself! Wow, that hit home. No one is going to be without faults, and neither will we. We expect people to forgive us of our faults, and yet do we forgive them, too?I know you'll love this book!!!
The characters were not interesting and there were too a lot of of them. The story jumped from one happening to another. The unfolding of happenings in the story felt undeveloped and unrealistic. It felt like the story dragged on and I was glad for the end.
Taking our main hero through all the seasons of her life, is exactly what Fern Michaels does. But she does it very skillfully, weaving in the tales of others as she travels her path in life. Each hero has a tale of it's own, but together this is a marvelous book which I enjoyed reading.
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