Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen....
When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!)....
Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, "plotting to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff"....
This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing....
Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer....
Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery....
No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it....
If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, best-selling novels, think again....
The cast, which includes a deranged journalist, a visionary ex-jock, and a lovesick detective, is just the kind of company Carl Hiaasen's fans love to keep....
Honey Santana, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls....
Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one....
Powder Burn stars Chris Meadows, a successful Miami architect who's leaving a meeting with an ex-girlfriend when he sees a car strike his ex, killing her....
Cuervo is a pampered Nicaraguan moneyman, funding a guerrilla war from his cushy Miami penthouse. Sixto is his hulking, pistol-packing attendant, whose job satisfaction is on the wane....
Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp....
Roy Eberhardt has recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states flatly...
Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally....
Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons....
Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms....
The number-one New York Times best-selling author Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink - No Surrender.
Classic Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard - he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink - he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.
Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than 25 years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive "captain" as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop Internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.
I preordered this and wish I had waited until others had reviewed it. This is in the category of a "young adult" book - very young! I was looking forward to another Skink book but all the characters have been toned way down for the audience so you have none of the biting humor, outrageous characters, and frankly the fun to be expected with Carl Hiaasen. The reader does different characters well but the overall tone is as bland as the book itself. You expect Hiassen books to have an ax to grind, but this one presents a simple message to kids to not make internet hookups. Even that message is pretty ho hum.
This is no Stormy Weather, Double Whammy, or Lucky You.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
It's great to have the governor back but I don't think a young adult books is the right setting for his edgy character. I didn't realize this was a young adult book and that was a disappointment - suspect it would have been a great read at 15. As always, Hiaasen is funny and creates enjoyable characters to take a ride with. OK book that could have been great.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Kirby Heyborne?
I love Carl Hiaasen, but no on this narrator. It seemed as if it was his first book. The reading was flat and lifeless. I was past ready for it to end.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Skink - No Surrender?
Lots of good scenes.... jumping out of the turtle nest... rescuing the baby skunk....on the boat....
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?
There are lots of excellent choices. Look at Rip Off.... plenty of good narrators. Maybe it wasn't his first book, maybe the book wasn't right for him.
Do you think Skink - No Surrender needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Anything Hiassen is great.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I didn't realize it was a YA book before I bought it. I was so excited about another Skink tale that I purchased without reading the reviews. It hadn't even occurred to me that he would put Skink in the mix of his kid's books. Bleh. It doesn't work. So tepid, so not interesting for an adult reader that enjoys finely crafted sentences and instead gets this tepid vocabulary designed for a completely different audience. I am not completely opposed to YA fiction per se, but I just can't take it when kids manage to outsmart entire police departments or save the world or, well, you know the genre. Once I started listening, I thought maybe Skink could pull this book out of the tank, but the teenager-level writing was seriously off-putting. Describing a new rod and reel as "super fun" is supposed to reflect the narrator's 14-year old speech, I guess, but it made me super not enjoy it.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
I greatly enjoy Carl Haissen's wit and social / political commentary. I pre-ordered this book without reading that it's intended audience is YA. Now, I enjoy well-written books regardless of genre, but this one is so watered down that I didn't like spending time with this one.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Reviewing this title as YA lit, Skink No Surrender is a refreshing break from the dystopias, magical creatures, and melodrama. Plus, there are lessons on the environment and personal safety that aren't usually covered in the genre in such a creative way. Reading this as an adult, I missed the more deeply disturbed characters and comical backstories, but still found it a fulfilling read.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Very cool story
Not what I expected
Not a comedy like the old Hiasson
Skink is a bad ass
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
One of the all-too-familiar aspects of a number of audiobooks I've purchased is a really strong beginning that a few hours into the book it begins to circle the bowl for awhile. Some of these selections then finish with a strong kick, others wander off into the woods like wounded animals to die. This one finished well but there are about three hours in the middle that serve no real purpose other than changing the definition of the book from novella to novel. As this is a YA novel it varies some from the majority of Hiaasen's works, still expect strange people and some implausible names. This is nothing great here but take out those middle hours and it's not bad.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is another fantastic Skink book filled with oddball characters. While a serious book that deals with a serious problem (online predators), it is also a hilarious read. If you are familiar with Skink, then you will realize that this book is toned down to be appropriate for younger readers. If you've never read a skink book, don't assume the others are like this. They are not all this tame (other books have adult language and scenarios). If you have teens, or maybe even a more mature pre-teen, this is a book that will teach them that reading can be fun. It also has a very real and serious lesson about online safety.
Best book I have heard so far. So much better than Chomp. Skink is so cool.
typical Carl Hiaasen, kept me chucking through a hospital stay! great to hear more exploits of Skink
I always look out for skink in these stories. my favourite character by far. great story.
fast paced, larger than life characters you wished were real. well written. well told.
Would you try another book written by Carl Hiaasen or narrated by Kirby Heyborne?
Yes to both. This was not the best 'Skink' story. But then the others have been so good and everyone can have an off day.I would suggest a longer length to allow for more story development and more amusement which are so characteristic of Hiaasen novels.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Would not dare to suggest an amended plot to such an accomplished author.
What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Could you see Skink - No Surrender being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
NO - better go with the earlier novels.
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