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An excellent story with a deep knowledge of the Keys
but PLEASE get reader who can speak Spanish
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have been struggling to find great listening experiences, especially since I tend to listen to so many books. So I looked up books read by George Wilson and discovered a few books by Hiaasen I havent tried. Wilson is a master at delivering the humor and irony Hiassen is famous for.
Trap Line is set in the Florida Keys of the early 1980s. Its a clever, romantic, funny expose' of the travesty of the ecosystem devestated by private and government greed and mishandling.
Try this if you need a good laugh, despite the fact your world may be spinning out of control.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is Carl Hiaasen at his very best. He, together with Bill Montalbano, bring the Florida keys to life and manage to weave an intriguing story line into the exotic setting. Their care for the area's nature and wildlife and their abhorrence of the impact on it of commerce and political corruption, shines through.
Hiaasen fans appreciate his sly, quirky humour, convoluted plots, all-encompassing sense of impending comic doom, a thorough insights into a specialised aspect of life (bass fishing?) and characters who never, ever stop digging, because they haven't noticed the hole yet. Maybe the Florida landscape and his strong ecological stance are also attractions.
Unfortunately, this novel is lacking in most of these elements. The plot is linear and straight-forward. Since it is set in the 1980s, the ecological theme is very minor. And the characters are not well-rounded. The hero is a manly man with many of the stock features of the type. There are two well fleshed out female characters, though one acts very uncharacteristically at the end, which undermines credibility. The ending is generally weak, really unsatisfactory. The heroic individual determined to overcome adversity – against all medical science and logic, but what the heck. Cue the massed choirs.
Non-US readers may well find the handling of the baseball theme way too idealised and romanticised.
On the upside, the reader was good; I'll be looking out for more of his work.