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5.0 out of 5 starsMadcap mayhem
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2013
If you like madcap mayhem with plenty of adventure and violence sprinkled with good, but too little comedy relief, this is the book for you. It is not my "best cup of tea" but it is so well written I couldn't put it down for any longer than absolutely necessary. I had to give it a 5 for what I consider to be excellent writing whether I really like so much "action" or not. EXCEPT I never did get the connection of the first guy running through the jungle with any of the other characters, or what finally happened to him. But I guess I have to say I'm not sorry I read it so it must have been fun, even for me, in spite of all the violence, and that's saying a lot!
Ever sit through a movie and wait for "the good parts?" This book was *all* the good parts! I could easily see it as a movie, starring whomever is the current version of Harrison Ford. I loved the witty repartee under the most difficult circumstances - especially on the wildlife preserve. The characters of the two friends were well written and you could picture them living in your neighborhood. My only quirk with the book is that I could never connect the first chapter with the rest of the book. I was sure it was going to come up again at the end, but it never did. Of course, I had to read the book in segments over a couple of weeks, so maybe I missed the connection. Confusion aside, I loved the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn incredibly fun read that puts you in an island paradise that isn't so nice.
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2012
Take The Odd Couple and make one of them an instant billionaire and the other a seemingly perpetual leech with a drinking and skirt-chasing problem and you have a character cast for any number of adventures.
Put them in an island paradise that turns out to not be such a nice paradise and you have Tortugas Rising.
Have them running for their lives in between smart-aleck wisecracks that leave you shaking your head and chuckling and you have another Benjamin Wallace novel.
This is a perfect pool-side reader book or perfect for any other leisurely, lazy day off in which you want to take a vacation from wherever you're at.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent single episode adventure.
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
Disclaimer: I love just about everything that Benjamin Wallace writes, so I may be biased. Most of his books are series (Nomadic Warriors being my favorite) however this one is a one-off adventure novel that was an excellent read. Not gonna post any spoilers, just gonna let you know that I liked it.
This is not great literature by any means but it was an entertaining romp and I liked the characters. Actually, it would make a fun, action-packed "non-hero-buddies-in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time" comical movie, complete with stereotypical damsels in distress and villains. It was a fun, silly and quick read. If you can get it cheap, go ahead; you'll get a few laughs out of it. But certainly, don't buy it if you're looking for a great mystery or anything "deep."
This was by far my favorite book by Benjamin Wallace, and I have read quite a few. The pacing was even and well thought out, the plot was ridiculous in the best tradition of Clive Cussler, and the characters were likable and goofy. With this book he mainstreamed himself just a tad, but that is not a bad thing! I am looking forward to more of his works!
Imagine the wealthiest men of the U.S. and Canada pooling their resources to build a series of private islands near the Grand Tortugas. As a means to retire comfortably on their own private island, created for the individual tastes, the wealthiest of the wealthiest are trying to isolate themselves (perhaps). Oh, there is a madman at the head of all this and he's on the NSA's radar. Get the book and find out why and meet two zany characters dropped right into the middle of it all.
5.0 out of 5 starsAction, Suspense. Front to Back. Beginning to End.
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2013
I don't hand out 5 stars... In fact I don't think I have rated a book with 5 stars yet. Why now? Because, not only was this book Action packed from front to back and beginning to end, rivaling Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but had perfectly timed humor, border line hilarity, comic relief! Ben Wallace is a genius of turning the 'Joe Schmoes' of everyday into heroes! To top it off, there were so many UNpredictable twists and turns throughout, you'd better put your seat belt on for this one! Go, Ben, Go!