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Sick Puppy | [Carl Hiaasen]

Sick Puppy

When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements - such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks - that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.
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Publisher's Summary

When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements - such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks - that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins....

Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who's gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads and a Labrador retriever greater than the sum of his Labrador parts - these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen's outrageously funny new novel.

Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.

©2000 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Carl Hiaasen once again produces a devilishly funny caper. In Sick Puppy, he shows himself to be a comic writer at the peak of his powers." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 06-16-13
    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 06-16-13 Member Since 2005

    HJP

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    "Therapy for green folk"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sick Puppy to be better than the print version?

    I do enjoy listening to Carl Hiaasen novels in the car, but I'm sure I'd enjoy the printed word as well. Sick Puppy is a good one for the commuter -- not too hard to follow and plenty of good laughs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Skink is always awesome. But in this case I really enjoyed Twilley Spree's antics.


    Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Both books were well-read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, one or two moments were moving, but I don't want to write a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Hiaasen's novels are satirical crusades against government corruption, corporate greed, and most of all, land development and other crimes against nature. He does not spare either side of the aisle, but I suspect that if you tune in to conservative talk radio, you will not like this book. On the other hand, if you are inclined to make donations to The Nature Conservancy and similar-minded groups, Hiaasen may stop your tears for at least a little while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Simpsonville, SC, United States 02-26-14
    John Simpsonville, SC, United States 02-26-14
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    "Hiaasen - how can you go wrong..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sick Puppy to be better than the print version?

    The same


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although it pretty much follows his usual formula you can't argue with the results!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Eastham Clovis, CA, United States 11-09-13
    John Eastham Clovis, CA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2000

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    "Consistently Excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sick Puppy the most enjoyable?

    Interesting plots with a twist and great humor. They remind me of Fargo for their unexpected plot twists. Also, another great 'governor' story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 08-23-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mr Hiaasen has done it again revealed Florida"
    Would you listen to Sick Puppy again? Why?

    Yes, in a year of so It has a great cast of characters and the story is interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sick Puppy?

    The girls gone wild with the Rhino horn powder that was CRAZY


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Mr George Newbern is without a doubt one of the best readers around for serious and comedy scenes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Florida's Dark Realestate


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable and look forward to more of his books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Burlington, WA United States 08-21-13
    Suzanne Burlington, WA United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"

    I really enjoyed this. I took a chance on it based on the reviews, and was glad I did. Although probably part of the last third could have been eliminated (it got a little long and bogged down before the climax) the ending was worth it. The ending was absolutely hysterical, and a great pay-off.

    The title, 'Sick Puppy', was great, in that the story did indeed have an actual sick canine, but the same title could have applied to many characters in the book. Great story!

    Roland Dahl for adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley AUBURN, AL, United States 08-09-13
    Bradley AUBURN, AL, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny & Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book, my first from this author. I really enjoyed the flow and pace!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 08-25-13
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Carlsbad Rob

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    "Paint by Numbers Hiaasen story"

    I'm a big fan of Carl Hiaasen, at least his earlier books. This one never sat right when I first read it and now listening to the audio I've reconfirmed that impression. Hiaasen has always used familiar elements but never before has it felt so going through the motions than this time. The villains just didn't seem so villainous, the heroes were scum bags. Only the dog was really likable.

    Carl Hiaasen must have a labrador because his descriptions are dead on. That is probably why he seems to have transferred over towards children's fair. His bag of tricks was a bit used up.

    If you want to try Carl Hiaasen try some of his earlier work. Any of his earlier work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margo New Mexico 03-29-14
    Margo New Mexico 03-29-14 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Typical Hiaasen"

    I continue to enjoy Carl Hiaasen for a fun, light listen. Sick Puppy was no exception. In typical Hiassen fashion, he comes up with some truly outlandish characters, dirty politicians, polluting public, and eco warriors.

    I've never felt like a credit was wasted on a Hiaasen novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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