In Dick Scalps the Injuns, Richard Avery is sent to India to investigate the kidnapping of the US ambassador's daughter in New Delhi. He discovers that the White House and State Department are in an uproar over the subsequent kidnapping of Afghan President Karzai's eldest daughter who had been living on the ambassador's residential compound under an assumed name and attending the International School of Delhi. His search for the girls leads him from Delhi to the crematoria ghats in Banaras and the Taj Mahal. Okay, we admit Dick's not the most politically correct agent alive, and he sometimes bumbles and reminds us of what happens when you cross a certain French Inspector with a British Legume to produce an American Dick, but you have to admit that he's as cute as a pink Rottweiler when he's on the scent of a good case! Who says you can't teach an ole dog new tricks?
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What I enjoyed about the book was the humor. It is a funny book. The overall story and details are convincing. The history surrounding the locations is detailed and interesting. Dick Avery is part, James Bond, and part crazy uncle that you wonder how he has lived this long.
What I didn't understand is the crazy antics. They take away from what is still a fun read. It's random and really yanked me out of the story. I won't spoil anything about the story, but imagine watching your favorite buddy cop movie and suddenly they put on 3D glasses, and fake mustaches for the rest of the movie. Still a good movie but you leave wondering why?
I will probably read the next in the series.
"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."
Politically Incorreect but A Rollicking Ride
I loved the character of Dick and his supporting cast.
Although Dick is completely irreverent and in some ways a bit of a caricature of the aging spy, the story is based on real geography and the current world situation and entirely believable.
He projects Dick's dry humour very well.
I don't know that I was particularly moved by it but there were a lot of sections that were laugh-out-loud funny.
I completely enjoyed this book and will likely listen to it again.
- Aurora Dawn