Savage Season

Published By: Vintage

Book Category: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

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Reviewed by Shawn Remfrey

Hap and Leonard are two long-time buddies roughing it out in Texas. When Hap’s ex-wife, Trudy, steps back into the picture, both guys know things are about to go downhill. She wants Hap to help her pull a job, and Hap brings Leonard along. The job is to find stolen money–and their share would be one hundred thousand each. Once they meet up with the rest of the crew though, they realize things are going to get even worse than they thought.

In the beginning, I hated this book. The storyline is unrealistic, most of the characters are annoying and idiotic, and the constant rehashing of the glory days of the sixties is sickening. I wasn’t alive during the sixties so I have no idea what they were actually like, nor do I care to spend an afternoon reading about people who think it was the best of times.

An unrealistic storyline is fine, as long as it’s at least entertaining. I do my best to stay away from annoying and idiotic people in real life. Why would I want to read about them? The only thing in the beginning that was remotely entertaining was the dialogue between Hap and Leonard. Though extremely crude, they were still pretty funny and likeable guys.

About halfway through the story, my entire view changed. Hap and Leonard felt the same way I did! They found everybody annoying and idiotic, they felt like the situation was surreal, and they were really sick of listening to everyone rehash the sixties. It was then that I figured out that my disheartened attitude at the beginning of this book was done on purpose so that I could put myself more in tune with the main characters, Hap and Leonard.

It was great having Hap and Leonard tell all of the characters exactly what I wanted to say. I’m thankful I didn’t give up on this book because it really pulled through in the second half.

Armchair Interviews says: Starts slow…and then, WOW!

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