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The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills,
This review is from: Native Tongue (Paperback)
Hiaasen continues what he's good at - bringing a selection of the oddest characters imaginable into one setting, while wagging a finger at all those who dare to upset the ecological balance of his beloved Florida.
The plot revolves around Joe Winder's gradual reawakening from undervalued PR man at the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills to trainee eco-warrior and investigative journalist. Francis X Kingsbury, owner of the Amazing Kingdom, sets his pet Doberman, Pedro Luz, the challenge of getting Joe out of his hair. Luz is on a permanent diet of steroids to enhance his physique - unfortunately, this requires the use of a hospital trolley with intravenous drip, which he carts about everywhere.
The plot is secondary to the wonderful characters and animals of the Amazing kingdom. Orky the whale is an absolute star - unhelpful at the best of times, but God help you if you're wearing green...and a sex-crazed dolphin who doesn't particularly care who it's rogering just as long as it is.
Vintage Hiaasen. Rich, colourful, and full of those moments where you laugh out loud and upset the wife.