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Publisher's Summary

A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an east Texas white boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a black, gay Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a fire storm.

But that's just the way they like it. So when as ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that's when things get interesting. Chock full of action and laughs, Savage Season is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. It hasn't been the same since.

©2009 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A considerable literary intelligence at work... Lansdale sets his story in motion and carries it through with great, sneaky skill." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"One of publishing's best-kept secrets." ( Dallas Morning News)
"For sheer pace, humor, and style, the winner is Savage Season." ( Time Out New York)

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Hap and Leonard, a series you shouldn't miss out

Where does Savage Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Savage Season played well as an audiobook. I was so impressed with the story I probably should have picked up the hard copy instead. But, all the time and energy put into making this audiobook was worth such a noteworthy production. Well done.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

Phil Gigante's voice was perfect for a Lansdale novel. I was especially pleased with his voice acting on female characters....it didn't sound cheesy.

Any additional comments?

This is the second Lansdale novel I have decided to try on Audible. Overall, the experience was pleasant and entertaining. I'm usually pretty busy when playing a chapter from each audiobook but I always seem to know where I am in the story. Well done to those who put their hard work into this piece.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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action packed awesome read, we need a movie!

I'm late to the party but I'm glad I've finally arrived. First time I heard lansdales awesomeness was in the rogues anthology by George rr Martin & now I'm officially hooked! book 2 here I come!

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  • Andrea
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no nice guys

These two guys know that life’s not easy, each has gotten his own share. Hence the ex-prisoner and a Vietnam vet look after themselves. When Hap’s ex-wife talks of easy money they get involved with some nasty people and before they realise it, they are in big trouble and great danger. It get’s pretty bloody and the death toll is high.
I liked the two very different main characters as well as the supporting ones. Weird bunch of people.
The narration was excellent, you immediately recognised which characters was speaking.

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SUE ME, I'VE GOT A JUVENILE STREAK

IT'S ALL COMEDY TO YOU TWO.
You take out chapters 8 thru 16 and this is a five star book. If you are listening and you are between these chapters and tired of all the sophomoric joking, skip to chapter 17, you will not miss any of the story.

I got this during the horror sale, and it is not a horror story. Joe R. Lansdale is known best for his western horrors, but this is not even close to those. It is a fun story, with lots of joking about Blacks, gays, gangsters and sex. As mentioned above I liked it except for the middle of the book, when I got tired of the all the silliness. Lansdale writes a lot of short stories and this is suitable to that, but in novel length it does not work as well. This is basically an adventure story and a remember the sixties story. Having been born in 1958, I was fairly young in the sixties, but I do remember the attitude of the young people of that time and this is spot on.

Narrator is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of the book.

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Joe can put the word down

The greatest living author in his field or genre.. By far and without a doubt.

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Well done!

Wonderfully acted by narrator Phil Gigante, the book has interesting characters and a surprising story. You’ll enjoy this!

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A good show, an even better book

Excellent story telling, and a wonderful performance. Definitely worth a listen, maybe even two. I can't wait to start the next book

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New to Hap and Leonard, but I am glad to meet them

This series was recommended to me by a buddy. Boy, I am glad he did. Hap and Leonard may be a mismatch in some ways (no spoilers from me) but their friendship is terrific. Dialogue crackles and the novel is rich with Texas atmosphere. Lansdale doesn't shy away from the dark underbelly of the human condition, but the friendship between the two leads pierces that same darkness. Though it can be somewhat thematically heavy, the book is also laugh out loud funny. Lansdale propensity to comment on politics and human nature reminds me somewhat of James Lee Burke. This is very well done.

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Meet Hap And Leonard - a Modern-ish Crime Noir

The first of the Hap & Leonard crime noir novels.
But don't let that fool you...this is also extremely funny.
You get the feeling that you know these guys, or someone just like them.
Rough luck and some poor decisions lead to a pretty entertaining story.
It is little wonder that it spawned several sequels.

If you are not easily offended by violence and language, this book is a lot of fun.
I recommend that you give this series a try.

About the audio book version: The narrator does a fine job creating different voices for each character. The only issue I have is that he drops back to "narrator-mode" when not in character. So you end up with things like "Why didn't you tell me that before?" in character's southern voice followed by "he shouted" in a neutral narrator voice which can be a little jarring. But you get past that after a while.

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good read.

I enjoyed this story. Haven't decided when but I will finish this series. I recommend it.