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Publisher's Summary

Snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad, a menacing drone... 

Carl Hiaasen delivers a wickledly funny, slightly subversive tale in his latest New York Times best seller.

Some facts about Billy Dickens:

  • He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.
  • Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal.
  • Billy isn't the type to let things go.

Some facts about Billy's family:

  • They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mom insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.
  • Billy's dad left when he was four and is a total mystery.
  • Billy has just found his dad's address - in Montana.

This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

©2018 Carl Hiaasen (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Humorous, self-deprecating narration and convoluted exploits will keep pages turning till the satisfying close." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great kids book

This was a great book for kids 8+. Was a disappointment for those who like Carl Hiassens books about The exgovernor. This book is definitely geared for a much younger audience. We hope he will write more of the hilarious exgovernor and his exploits

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  • Mac
  • Clinton, Montserrat
  • 10-04-18

Did I miss that this was a children's book?

This is not your typical Hiaasen read. Nothing edgy or intriguing about it. In fact, it appears to be targeting middle school readers. Nothing wrong with that, just not at all what I was expecting.

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Great

but it has to be good, Carl hiaasen wrote it! and all of his books are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!😃😃😃😃😃😛

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Mailed it in

Hiaasen’s books are usually so entertaining and full of humor and intrigue . This one is formulaic and simply not very interesting. Sorry, really wanted to love it. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but never found it:(

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A PG version of Hiaasen

If you're new to Mr. Hiaasen, read Stormy Weather of any other book but this one. I'd call this book "Hiaasen light" as it does not have any of the humor or wit of his previous work.

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Teen squirm

Slow , boring & not for anyone over fifteen , but probably fun for youngsters to read not listen

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  • Harry
  • Clarksville, MD, United States
  • 10-30-18

Rather boring

The story has a juvenile feel. The normal witty writing was not there Are usually look forward to the eco conscious story with a quirky feel. This Wasn’t it

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Fun

I just love reading Hiasson. Good plots with great characters and always humorous moments twisted through the story.

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Another Bomb

I pre ordered this with much anticipation. However, my husband and I could not even get half way through this book. The story line moves so slow, that it is hard to stay focused. We kept wanting to say move it along for lord's sake! Again, the boring narration was enough to lull me to sleep. I will be returning this one.

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Excellent<br />

great story. all of this author books are excellent with many plot twist and turns

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  • 10-10-18

The master does it again!

Great story, wonderful characterisation and of course Hiasson's special brand of karma!
Loved the reader's soft melodic tones, the only small detraction was annoying 'explitif' overdubbing. (Audible - can you please put language warning on cover instead, leaving the book as written?)

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-03-18

For young adults only

I'm a massive Carl Hiaasen fan, and if you are too, you can skip this one. For any 10-14 year olds wanting some adventure, it's spot on! But if you are after his usual fare, this is not it at all.