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I read it in Spanish and couldn't put it down.
It could be your best companion when sitting by the pool with a nice glass of wine on your holidays.
Thoroughly recommend it.
Author Hiassen reaches into his arsenal of wild characters to populate this fast-moving story of an inevitable personal train-wreck for the brainless Cherry Pye, but with redemption for the relatively well-meaning and morally sound. It's a formula, but Hiassen makes it work in this book and others that have trod similar plot trails. What is best about this author is his utter fearlessness in taking on popular icons and giving them no redeeming shrubbery to hide behind. In "Star Island", he includes a parallel story track that targets his primary "enemies of Florida"--developers. The most extreme and inventive punishments are reserved for one of this hated species who has taken a particularly egregious whack at a small piece of Miami wetlands.
Very entertaining read. And let's hope that Hiaasen never loses his moral outrage at the attacks on society and the environment driven by greed that afflict Florida and much of the rest of the country.
Unfortunately one paparazzo - the reprehensible Claude `Bang' Abbott - kidnaps Ann for an exclusive photo shoot in the mistaken belief that she is the real thing. This action triggers a series of uproarious events, with sub-plots aplenty amid all the malarkey.
`Star Island' is full of Hiaasen's usual weirdoes, whack-jobs, damaged goons and chancers, with their madcap schemes and utterly selfish and greedy motivations. Almost everyone is out for what they can get and few have any redeeming qualities.
`Bang' Abbott, the overweight paparazzo with personal hygiene issues, is a particularly amusing character, as is the appalling `Chemo' - the huge, facially scarred individual hired as Cherry's bodyguard. He has a prosthetic arm consisting of a yard trimmer (or weed whacker) following partial limb removal by a marlin, and he wields this as an effective tool of persuasion.
Regular Hiaasen character Skink, the militant, unhinged, ecoteur (aka Clinton Tyree - a former governor of Florida) is back in his biggest ever role. Blessed with a beautiful set of gleaming teeth, a bald pate - with two ludicrous pseudo-dreads - and an unerring moral compass, he's still living off roadkill, and after encountering the lovely Ann he comes to a touching and sympathetic understanding with her.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Filled with the usual array of crazy characters found in all Hiasson books. A great holiday read with many laugh out loud moments.Published 5 months ago by M W.
Probably about 100 pages too long and hence the plot becomes both more convoluted, less believable and the reader starts wishing for a denouement that should have come sooner. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BJR
Love Carl Hiaasen's work, too funny :-) skink is such a great character, wish he existed in real life! .Published 9 months ago by A D Kent
Classic Hiaasen: one of those books you often see described as "laugh out loud". I read it during my holiday and it is that good. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen Davies
I adore Allende's novel The House of the Spirits so had high hopes for this one too. However, I was disappointed with the poor translation which made it difficult to understand. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Candice
Another Carl Hiaasen classic. If you like the author then this won't disappointPublished 14 months ago by Jax
Excellent seller, would definitely use again and recommend to friendsPublished 15 months ago by Natalie Stear
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