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Our Man in Orlando: Murder, Madness and Mayhem in the Sunshine State.
 
 

Our Man in Orlando: Murder, Madness and Mayhem in the Sunshine State. [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Hunter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Florida: a land of dazzling white sands, sizzling sun... and utterly incompetent British criminals.

Like the woman who hijacked a helicopter to bust her husband out of Death Row, the gap year student who robbed a bank and tried to escape on a kid's bike and the unlucky Londoner who kidnapped the wrong guy and wound up serving 1,285 years in jail.

As British consul in our nation’s favourite holiday hotspot, Hugh Hunter has seen them all – murderers, small-time conmen and big-time drug dealers (plus ordinary families whose dream vacations turned to nightmares).

Our Man in Orlando is his astonishing true story of a decade spent dealing with clueless, witless and hopeless Brits abroad.

Hugh Hunter was a guest on the Victoria Derbyshire show on Five Live and Excess Baggage on Radio 4.
Our Man in Orlando was serialised in The Times and The Week magazine and the book is about to be turned into a major new television drama.

'Vivid and enjoyable' - Christopher Meyer, author of DC Confidential

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (2 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM5ECI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly interesting with a lot of humor 27 Aug 2010
By Joymar
Format:Paperback
I was surprised to find out how different the UK and USA are regarding punishment for various crimes. I am Canadian and we relate to both countries.
Having worked for a government I know how decisions from the top often do not make sense to those carrying out the business, and Mr. Hunter has described this well, especially in regard to how difficult it is to be the front person sometimes.
His sense of humor and ability to tie everything together makes this a book that is hard to put down until it is finished! When is the next one coming??
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star from Orlando 27 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is brilliant, really brilliant. Hunter tells these incredible stories not only with; wit and candour but also with an abundance of humility, a humility that he appeared to use in his work. I truly admired the objectiveness and professionalism and indeed pride he took in his role as consular.

Although many of the stories made me smile or even laugh out loud there were also some that were very sad and one or two that made me cry "There but for the grace of God go I" I trust other readers will not only sympathise but at times empathise with some of the poor souls Hunter reports on. How many of us have been `temporally insane', touched by madness or `soufflé a folie'? Especially when in the `honeymoon period' of a relationship?I am so pleased I was not in Florida when I had my own moments !

Another thought I had was that I am very happy I live in the UK and think that our judicial system is second to none. I think that to be `wrongly' accused of a crime in the U.S. must be as daunting and difficult to remedy as being charged in Saudi or China. The U.S.A. or Florida appears a truly brutal place to be in if you fall on the wrong side of the law.

I can not recommend this book enough. Whether you read cover to cover, or take on holiday or use on the W.C. you will love it, well written and a great story or stories. I for one can not wait until this is made in to a film and am exercising my brain trying to work out who should play Hunter in the film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top drawer 22 Aug 2010
By Mikey L
Format:Paperback
If you read one book this year make sure its this. If you read two books you could do a lot worse than read this twice. It will make you laugh & cry - both hysterically & want to give copies to all everyone you know. Brilliant, and I should know
Winston Churchill
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 30 Aug 2010
By APK
Format:Paperback
It took me all of 24 hours to read Our Man in Orlanda - what a fantastic book, hilarious from page one, and triggering the full scale of emotion, besides laughter, ranging from disbelief to outright sadness. It reads as a freight train and is impossible to put down (i actually nearly missed my tube stop....). A must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Man In Orlando 2 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
Brilliant! - insightful and very funny. This book is a real page-turner. Should be in the seat pockets on every UK flight to the USA. USA Law & UK Forgein Policy for Dummies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Man in Orlando 2 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
Great book.
Easy to read and very funny.
Ideal for air travel.
The FOC could save a lot of money if they read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find 28 Jan 2011
By nx25
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't know how I came to find this book; it's not the sort of thing that would normally appear in my "recommendations". But I'm glad I did find and buy it: what an engaging, insightful, and eye-opening page-turner it is. It's rare that I have a serendipitous find on Amazon; this book was such a find. I didn't want it to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 12 Nov 2010
By T-bone
Format:Paperback
Read this book, it is marvellous.
Hugh Hunter worked for the FCO in Orlando Florida and in this book he tells us about his time there.
He tells his tale with such honesty and warmth that the pages simply fly by. He includes his own personal life and relationships, informaton about how the FCO works (or not) and changes that were made over the years and also details the exploits of the Brits he encounters (often in prison after doing something very stupid).
This really is a great book, fascinating, easy to read, inetresting, humourous and honest.
Buy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought we had a special relationship with the Yanks.
Well I'm gutted, I holiday in the USA quite a lot and have been to Florida many times where this book is based. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interesting read
I couldn't put the book down an excellent read also it shows how weak our justice system is or maybe how hard the US one is, amazing how stupid some Brits abroad really are. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jay Madden
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
A fascinating read giving insight to the work of the British Consulate. Very enlightening & entertaining to read. Interesting real life accounts of what goes Brits abroad get upto.
Published 3 months ago by Zaffy Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars A great & frank insight into the British Government's way of thinking...
Hugh Hunter isn't your average civil servant. He's honest, frank and not afraid to make waves. He's not Oxbridge - and he knows what goes on in real life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars Man in Orlando
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was an eye opener as to what some people will do when on holiday abroad, it does make you wonder at their mentality. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs L J James
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
I'm always interested in the differences between the US and the UK in regards law enforcement, and the 'citizen's bargain with government'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Hope
3.0 out of 5 stars mICK MOUSE IS a rat
Very interesting a different side of Florida,the usual battles between the workers and the people who run an organisation with out a bloody clue been there and done it
Published 7 months ago by gordon mackett
4.0 out of 5 stars Our man in Orlando
Loved the small stories within the story and the fact it is a real story x having read it whilst in Orlando made more sense and being British I understood what Hugh was talking... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
V good and interesting. Engaging throughout - I read it in two days. A good mixture of true drama and true irritating bureaucracy.
Published 8 months ago by slc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insider info
Some funny stories, some scary and some sad. Having been to Florida a number of times this gives a different perspective most tourists don't want to see but is interesting anyway.
Published 8 months ago by J Viner
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