Having left his life of crime behind, former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon has finally realized the dream of owning his own restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so he's had to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. And when Shake thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer named Quinn, things go from bad to worse.
Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant's gone up in flames and he's on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent. Out of options, Shake has to turn to the mysterious Quinn for help. Suddenly Shake's up to his neck in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off unless he can convince an even more dangerous ex-girlfriend to join him.
©2012 Lou Berney (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
I thought the first Shake Bouchon book, Gutshot Straight, was pretty good. The character is interesting. However, the second book verges on gibberish. There is an old guy named Quinn, who talks so much that you really want him to STFU. Shake has opened a restaurant in Belize, and is in debt to a humongous loan shark named Baby Jesus. The restaurant is shot up and explodes. There is a bad-guy couple, and an FBI lady who is a good guy. I enjoy almost anything that Edoardo Balerini reads, but even a good narrator can't do much for a mediocre book. Like putting lipstick on a pig, as someone said. I gave up about two thirds of the way through. You might enjoy the first book by Lou Berney, but this one is not worth your time.
I am a blessed man!
Jeff Gurney is a great narrator and does a great job on this book. Unfortunately Edoardo Balerino's reading of the first Shake Bouchant mystery, Gutshot Straight, captured the main character so perfectly any substitute would look like Roger Moore to Sean Connery.
Nevertheless Whiplash River is good mystery featuring truly entertaining characters so well developed I felt like they were old friends. It is funny and plays like a great Elmore Leonard movie.
I'm hoping this is second in a series, starting with 'Gutshot Straight'. I agree with a reviewer of 'Gutshot Straight' who said that Berney writes like a combination of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. This second novel has the hero, Shake, caught up with other vividly drawn characters in a fast paced plot with lots of twists and turns. I found myself smiling and laughing aloud as I listened to the characters' responses to murder and mayhem. The third book can't come along soon enough for me.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
Berney's second book is not as developed as his first and his selection of narrator almost renders book unreadable (hard to listen to).
The return of the characters from the first book--Shake, Gina, and Jasper. They were fully developed in the first book and return with half their personality but I'm glad to see them again.
Everything. He doesn't distinguish between characters, doesn't grasp Shake's emotional tones and ruins the relationship between Gina and Shake. The characters blend together as there is little emphasis and nuances between them. Bad narrator.
It's sad to see an author's second book stray so far from his first work.
The book was entertaining and a bit humerus at times.
Not just one character, Shake and Gina together are quite an adventurous couple. I would love another Shake/Gina book.
Great job in bringing the book to life.
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