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  • By carole Ann on September 8, 2015

    Gross! Gorey! Too much fowl language.It doesn't even deserve one star!!Not enough heinous words to describe this book.

  • By p.j. lazos on November 14, 2015

    Some people want to save the earth with science, others want to spread the word with heartbreakingly beautiful depictions of the natural world in all her glory, and then there are those who would throw the planet a buoy bobbing along on humor. Carl Hiaasen falls in the latter category. Satire is everywhere in his breakout solo novel, Tourist Season, and in every one of the 12 adult novels he’s written since. His Young Adult fiction has age appropriate satire, but Hiaasen knows the adolescents get it -- in fact, that’s what he’s banking on if he’s got a shot to save his beautiful home state of Florida -- so he doesn’t skimp. The success of Tourist Season and Hiaasen’s particular brand of the environmental crime thriller has everything to do with his love for the wild places in his native state and the all too bitter knowledge that they are quickly disappearing to overdevelopment, overpopulation, and greed, such as the precious and irreplaceable wetlands that are being given over to high rises at an alarming rate just so everyone can have beachfront property. FYI: native species are going extinct worldwide at an unprecedented rate and Florida is home to 133 on the endangered species list (which includes fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates), and over 55 plant species. Hiaasen started as a reporter for the Miami Herald soon after college and worked his way up to the opinion and editorial section of the Sunday paper where he uses his years of experience to tackle crimes against nature. His environmental brutes, an amalgam of characters he’s covered throughout his reporting days generally have no redeeming social value whatsoever, and more often than not, the heroes of Hiaasen’s stories (unless they are kids’ stories), don’t have much social value either, at least not in the traditional sense, but when the planet needs you, a personality shift generally accompanies a call to action. In Hiassen’s novels, unlike in real life, Nature and those on her side always win in the end. His unforgettable characters have made Hiaasen’s books quite a lucrative business; they have been translated into 34 languages, making it all that much easier to get his message out to the masses. For his efforts, Hiaasen has raised public awareness regarding these issues like few before him simply because of the nature of his delivery. Tourist Season is about a crazy group of terrorists who go on a bit of a killing spree to dissuade tourists from visiting Florida which sounds creepy and not at all funny, but the plot is so stuffed with half-crazed lunatics, crooked politicians, a self-aware and self-possessed damsel in distress as well as opulent wildlife and an alligator (spoiler alert: all of Hiaasen’s novels have these elements, but maybe not always a live alligator), that in Hiaasen’s capable hands it all feels like a day at the beach with one laugh-out-loud moment after another. Tourist Season was his first, the one that started it all, and is required reading for those who realize the raw power of a good belly laugh.

  • By D. Smith on June 23, 2014

    Let me start by saying I admire Hiaasen. "Bad Monkey" was a funny and engaging novel and I've read several other works by this author that deserve recommending.This first effort, sadly, was not among them.I'm honestly grateful his first novel was not enough to make publishers run away in fear, because his later efforts are a sort of redemption. The plot holes in this book are wide enough to drive an Orange Bowl Parade through, and cringe worthy enough to induce dangerous eye-rolling.SPOILERS AHEADExample one: are we supposed to believe that the clever, likable protagonist, Brian Keys, is smart enough to figure everything out and then somehow forget that the subject of his protection is going to appear in public at half-time during a widely televised event? That this "brilliant detective" pulls out all the security stops at a parade and then bids farewell to the young girl he has been intimate with, not realizing that she will be vulnerable within 24 hours? Insult to readers' intelligence.Example two: are we supposed to imagine that a major bowl game has such lax security that three amateur terrorists can abduct the central figure in a halftime show and just stroll out with her, the only shot being fired coming from the handgun of a motorcycle riding Shriner? Real severe insult to readers' intelligence.Example three: are we supposed to imagine that a recently wounded, still hospitalized and likely sedated detective could achieve successful coitus with an ex-girlfriend, knowing that she has been complicit in the gruesome death of an elderly woman? Should we think this weak man is still sexually attracted to a woman that not only dumped him, but maintains loyalty to a brutal murderer? I mean, I know we're supposed to think men are sexual puppets, but come on! Huge freaking insult to readers' intelligence.I wanted to like this story, I truly did. But jerk me around once, shame on me. Jerk me around a bunch of times...you're dead to me.


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