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Big Red Tequila
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 1997
Rick Riordan has written his first book, BIG RED TEQUILA, with the verve and confidence of an experienced author with several successful
mysteries published to his credit. His short, action-filled sentences easily carry the reader along from one suspenseful chapter to the
next without a stumble or loss of interest.
He uses familiar words in unfamiliar association. He creates clear
pictures of the scene and characters involved. He avoids the usual cliches which become so common-place in many mysteries. There is a definite "newness" about his writing.
His Texan use of Spanish is particularly well done and faithfully
reflects the cultural ambience of the City of San Antonio. It gives better definition to memorable personalities without dressing them in masquerade costumes.
I appreciate his handling of sexual encounters. His short comments
like, "back to the satin sheets," give the reader no difficulty in
picturing the activity of the characters without a clinical,
play-by-play account. Nor do I wish to be a voyuer.
His vernacular which may seem a bit profane to some readers like
me (past 75 years), is honest and genuine and will be overheard on most every bi-cultural street in the Southwest. Of greatest importance to me, I enjoyed reading the book. Isn't that its purpose?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 1998
Any author who can create a enchilada eating cat named Robert Johnson captures my interest immediately. I smiled throughout this book and laughed out loud several times. I hope Tres keeps sticking his nose where it doesn't belong for many more books to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 1999
A friend gave me this book as a gift and I had it hidden away until I recently found it. I'm very glad I did. This book contains interesting characters (you would swear you know some of them), a good plot, a taste of San Antonio, Texas, with a hint of Jimmy Buffett to give it good flavor. I especially liked the nicknames the lead character gave to strangers. This was a very enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 1998
As I read this book I thought it must be an old hand writing under a pen name. It was very well done! As a native of San Antonio the setting took place in my neighborhood and that added to the realism. A great first effort.
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on 13 September 2014
First adventure of Tres Navarre, good description of the life in the not-advertised part of San Antonio, I don't know how reliable though. The plot is enjoyable, with some good twists and some overrated clichés. All in, recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 1999
i just read this book for the second time in as many days. this guy has a real gift for writing, from the snappy dialog and wry characterizations to the description of his old hometown. the plot (rescuing an old girlfriend from the bad guys who turn out to be a little too familiar for comfort) was maybe a bit predictable, but the writing was so stylish that it didn't matter. i loved tres, his gutsy discipline and his unwillingness to back down from anything, and i'm hoping to hear more about robert johnson, his feline sidekick, in the next book. garrett provided an interesting undertone as the older brother who occasionally overloads on reality. altogether a very slick, quick read. well done, mr. riordan!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 1999
This was the first mystery book that wasn't just about a brutal murderer or sick person. This was a murder, that wasn't a serial killer, not the kind of thing that would give you nightmares. It was just a normal guy's life mixed in with the capture of his ex-girlfriend. I loved every word of the story, and Robert Johnson was an incredibly clever character! I recommend this book to anyone who has half a sense of humor and the need to read a cleverly put together story that feels like it's coming right from the person's mouth!
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on 23 March 2014
As I have enjoyed reading Rick Riodan's Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicals I thought I'd give this a try. It's ok. A very easy read but not much to it or the characters.
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on 15 September 2014
After the enthralling Percy Jackson series and Lost Heroes I was disappointed by this book. It was too wordy and too many characters thrown at you without much of a plot. Bit bland.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 1999
I first read this book several years ago in manuscript form when I was working as an editorial intern at William Morrow. Of all the books I read that summer, this was the ONLY book that I ever recommended to the editor I worked for. Guess they missed out on this one! This is a quirky, smart mystery. My only complaint was the name of that cat--is it still Robert Johnson? I hope the author changed it!
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