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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Nice checks out his roots
If your looking for another Mr Nice tale of daring drug smuggling this is NOT it. It is however another extaordinary tale, with Howard researching his Welsh ancestry, he travels to the West Indies and South America on the trail of Captain Henry Morgan, and Welsh settlers in Patagonia. He even applies to be the U.K's drug czar! Another entertaining read from Mr Nice
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can never live up to Mr Nice
I was given this book as a present as soon as i had read Mr Nice and had high expectations. However now i have read this book i cant help but feel dissappointed. In a way this was inevitable - after such a chaotic life as an illegal drug dealer, life post prison is quieter. This creates problems as he just doesn't have the material to write an interesting book and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Nice checks out his roots, 11 Feb 2009
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If your looking for another Mr Nice tale of daring drug smuggling this is NOT it. It is however another extaordinary tale, with Howard researching his Welsh ancestry, he travels to the West Indies and South America on the trail of Captain Henry Morgan, and Welsh settlers in Patagonia. He even applies to be the U.K's drug czar! Another entertaining read from Mr Nice
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can never live up to Mr Nice, 14 Nov 2006
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I was given this book as a present as soon as i had read Mr Nice and had high expectations. However now i have read this book i cant help but feel dissappointed. In a way this was inevitable - after such a chaotic life as an illegal drug dealer, life post prison is quieter. This creates problems as he just doesn't have the material to write an interesting book and although i like the way he writes, he stuggles to bring this stuff to life. Ive read it on the train as a way to fill time, but would not recommend this for avid Mr Nice readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Marks, 26 Nov 2008
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Howard Marks made his name in the literary world with "Mr. Nice", an very entertaining account of his adventures (and misadventures) as he pursued a career smuggling dope; it's an excellent read, although there's bound to be a few who missed out on his natural writing style because of the drug-centric nature of the book. No matter - it's their loss. Quite rightly it became a huge hit, and he now supplements his income reading extracts from the book and recounting amusing tales that have happened to him along the way.

He's still very much pro-dope; he stood as a candidate for the Legalise Marijuana Party a few years ago, and although he claims to have been motivated by the chance to raise the profile of that political issue, I suspect that at least part of the reason was simply to cause a bit of mischief.

He's an educated man (went to Oxford University, and so on), and has an ability to make you feel that he's talking to you and you only when you read his writing.

His latest publication is "Senor Nice", and it documents his journey of discovery as he decides to travel to Brazil and Argentina via the Caribbean to discover the history behind Henry Morgan, the famous pirate and his claimed-to-be relative, and to see if he can find much evidence of Welsh settlements in South America, where more of his relatives are rumoured to have made their homes.

That's the thing about Howard - he's got such energy for someone who spends such a large percentage of his time smoking weed, as well as a very accurate recollection of conversations had during said smoke-a-thons; quite remarkable in itself really - there's a real sense of spontanaity and loquacious sociability in the way he related to the world, and that attitude is evident all the way through this very entertaining book. It's as good a travelogue as any I've read, and will be full of interest for those of you who are Welsh (but then you won't need any introduction to Mr. Marks' work anyway!).

A lot of weed is smoked along the way, but this is incidental in many ways to the amazing experiences he vividly describes along the way.

At last - an intelligent travel book with a counter-cultural perspective that is both intellectually stimulating and refreshingly funny.

Thanks for the good read, Howard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marks for prime minister, 17 Jun 2013
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Not as good as the first book but still hilarious and keeps you glued to the pages to find out what happens next in this mans incredible life
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 7 Jan 2013
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bloody great read. really enjoyed this, like other books in its class only better. nice to see a new perspective
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read though not as funny as Mr Nice, 17 April 2012
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It was nice to know what Howard's been up to since Mr Nice, though it's no where near as good as Mr Nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NICE!!!, 25 Feb 2012
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This book is a great read and gives a deeper insight into the life and 'work' of Mr Howard! It was a gift for a friend who had been to see a Howard Marks show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Mr. Nice, 9 May 2007
This book is no way as good as Mr. Nice; it is more a story of Howard trying to find the roots of his family. He goes to different countries researching his family tree. There are no stories of drug deals or false passports, only one for the hardcore fan or people interested in Welsh history!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GANGS ALL HERE, 17 July 2007
This is a cracker of a book that takes us all over the world with the former worlds most wanted man. With a supporting cast of underworld names like fred foreman, Dave Courtney, Tel Currie and the Kray's this is a real great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different but good kettle of fish, 5 Aug 2007
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If you are going to read this book you must go into it realising that it is not a follow on to Mr Nice as such. At first I was sceptical that I would enjoy the tale of Howard searching for Welsh roots and his family tree around the world, but it develops into someone trying to find their identity after a period in prison. It is interesting because you can't help but get sucked in by his charming, engaging story telling style, the people who he randomly hooks up with and the interesting yet bizzare snippets of historical information he gives us. (Eg, Welsh colonies in South America and Bob Marley and Elvis having Welsh heritage etc). Despite not smuggling any more he does lead an interesting and unusual existance that is worth reading about.
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