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It's a jungle out there.

Literally. At least for Evan Tanner, an eternally sleepless, sometime superspy, who finds himself in Africa on the trail of the AWOL ruler of tiny Modonoland. It seems the petty despot's gone missing, and he's taken the state treasury along with him.

No stranger to impossible missions and international peril, Tanner's been in over his head before. This time, however, he's in imminent danger of being buried alive. And it all has to do with the CIA, white supremacists, moderate revolutionaries...and a blond jungle bombshell named (no joke!) Sheena. 

Tanner's always been a sucker for a pretty face and a curvaceous body, especially one that's wrapped in leopard skin. But this red-hot renegade daughter of a local missionary is a man-eater.

Which means this time Tanner's goose is well and truly cooked.

©2009 Lawrence Block (P)2019 Lawrence Block

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The adventure continues but with a forewarning

Another impossibly possible adventure from Block.Building on the zombie motif long before zombies became popular, Block’s prescient pen is Well at work even from the late 1960s. The caveat, this one contains a line Of adolescent sexuality with the elder Tanner. Even in the context of the sexual revolution this one is awkward. Without that the story is a five star. As usual, Holland does a fantastic job with the narration.

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Outrageous but fun

Ok, so I've listened to the whole Tanner series and this one starts you back out with Tanner in trouble as usual. He's buried alive and it brings in the Opium fields from the Scorless Thai book. I have to say it was entertaining and fun to listen to if you aren't too easily offended. Tanner is definitely a messed up, imperfect guy and he knows it. He makes for a very interesting main character/hero. Apparently there are no STD's in this world Tanner lives in because I've lost track of how many women all over the world he has slept with during this series. In this one he even beds a 15 year old who is marrying age in her culture...but in his he would go to jail. lol. Block also took the story of Sheena (if any of you have ever watched the movie) and made her out to be this crazy, murderous cannibal. Her story definitely gets changed a lot. I enjoyed it although I believe the books are getting more and more outrageous and less spy like. I don't mind the craziness and all the weird stuff but if you are going to take it serious then this isn't for you. His first couple books were more government spy like with a little humor mixed in.
The series has definitely took a different direction now. The characters were interesting and Holland as usual made them come to life. I especially liked the character voices he created for Bowman & Ndoro. There was also a surprising twist which was pretty cool. I can say Holland makes any story pretty interesting to listen to. He takes the job very seriously and you can hear the hard work and preparation that goes into each story he narrates. Overall this was a pretty fun story and even though the series has taken a different turn I'm still enjoying them. Block & Holland definitely are a good combo and compliment each other. I look forward to more work from them both.

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Tanner

This is the last book on Tanner. It's a fun book to listen to. it's amusing. I received a free copy of this book and that has no influence on my review. Theo Holland does a great job narraiting this book.

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  • col2910
  • 08-06-20

Oh Evan how could you?

One I was enjoying, particularly after the fun opening with Evan Tanner buried alive and then somewhat implausibly digging himself to safety, but which then nose-dived in my estimation after Tanner does something totally abhorrent and unforgivable in my eyes.

I finished the book a month ago and I'm still shaking my head in disappointment. I don't even know why I'm bothered so much..... it's a bloody book written fifty years ago and it's all made up and it never happened. There's a cultural context to the act, especially from his willing partner's viewpoint but I still can't get past it. If there's a minor consolation, Tanner himself is appalled when realisation dawns. We're all flawed, we all make mistakes, we transgress, we learn, we forgive - ourselves and others, we grow, we move on.....but I ferkin hate it when a hero lets himself and me down.

I kind of wonder if Block every so often just pulls the pin on a hand grenade and throws it at his readers to blast them out of their comfort zone and make them pay attention.

The rest of the book - a trip into the wilds of a fictional country in Africa to rescue a leader and an American agent barely registered.

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Me Tanner, You Jane is the 7th in the series. I will be reading the last - Tanner on Ice at some point. It was written nearly 30 years after this one, giving Tanner over a quarter of a century to think about his behaviour and repent.

The earlier books are......
The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep, The Canceled Czech, Tanner's Twelve Swingers, The Scoreless Thai, Tanner's Tiger and Tanner's Virgin

Read - (listened to) July, 2020
Published - 1968
Page count - 224 (4 hrs 43 mins)
Source - Audible download code from author's assistant
Format - Audible

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  • Linda
  • 02-29-20

Refreshingly old school

Lawrence Block's books are so of their time in some ways, in others I think that even the people of those times would have been shocked! Political correctness is out the window. It is a fantastical and humorous story as ever with Evan Tanner. Love it!