El Dorado Blues (Atticus Fish Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Shaun Morey is the best-selling author of the Incredible Fishing Stories series and a contributor to magazines and newspapers worldwide. He won the inaugural Abbey-Hill short-story contest and is a three-time winner of the Los Angeles Times novel-writing contest. Over the years, he has worked as a bartender, a fishmonger, a surf instructor, and an attorney while secretly planning his own escape into the badlands of Baja California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It's a compelling read, the perfect holiday book for relaxing on the beach or on a cozy sofa for a few hours.
The plot is fast moving and action packed, but easy to follow, and is filled with plenty of life like and relatable characters, including our hero Atticus Fish. As well as a number of over the top characters, such as Barbie the germaphobe, illegal treasure seller, which helps give the story an extra kick.
I'm not usually a fan of fishing or mystery books, but the El Dorado Blues incorporates these seamlessly in a book that appeals to my interests of travel, adventure and suspense, and almost creates an interest in fishing, almost!
A fun, action mystery placing you right in the center of the adventure, and a thoroughly good read.
Morey concentrates on environmental crimes and eccentric criminals, very Hiaasen-esque and for all intents and purposes this feels like a lesser Hiaasen moved to Mexico. There is not quite the imagination and spark that the Florida based author brings to his work. This is best shown in the various bad guys on offer; they have interesting ticks, but are dispatched in a way that is almost throwaway.
The throwaway nature of the book is even more in evidence towards the end as the speed of the narrative increases. This is a fast paced book to begin with, averaging 4 pages a chapter. Morey writes like an out of control toddler losing their balance and speeding up towards the end to try and catch his feet. You end up with a fun thrill ride, but any sense is lost and the quick nature of the story leaves you confused. With some patience and original thinking Morey is onto something with the Atticus Fish Mysteries, but `El Dorado Blues' remains fun, but empty.
I think the author has probably been reading Carl Hiaasen, because there seems to be a lot of that writer's influence in this novel.
If you have read the first book you'll know Atticus Finch is an ultra-rich, retired lawyer who made a fortune suing God. Apalled by the way insurance companies use "Act of God" as an excusr for not paying claims, Atticus took them and the institutions of religion to the cleaners.
This time Atticus is up against treasure hunters who are looking for a fortune hidden by the Jesuits in Baja California. As always the book is peppered with bizarre characters. Toozie, a beatiful PI. Barbie, a woman terrified of germs, but totally amoral. Skegs, a giant native American. The lovely Molly, boat owner with attitude. The twins - one lacking an eve, one lacking both ears.
Take all these folk and mix them up, throw in a load of treasure, then sit back and watch the fireworks.
This book may not be to everybody's tast, but if you like Carl Hiaasen you will probably like this. For myself I thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended.
Thereafter the story becomes a tale of rich and unscrupulous dealers and collectors trying to get control of the treasure, with a few reasonably honest characters caught in the middle. It's neither a very long story nor a very complicated one, but it's quite fun.
I liked the new unpleasant characters, and welcomed the return of the same "good guys" from Wahoo Rhapsody. I just hope Morey has done his legal homework creating a wealthy collector with an ill-fitting toupee called Ronald Stump!
My only complaint about the first book was that it felt a bit too obviously a copy of a Carl Hiaasen, and there's still some truth in that criticism. In particular Atticus Fish does feel like an echo of Hiassen's character Skink. However, that's a minor complaint, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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