Captains Outrageous (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #6)

Captains Outrageous (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #6)

by Joe R. Lansdale


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Captains Outrageous (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #6) by Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard is now a Sundance TV series starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine find mucho trouble, this time in Mexico, when they come face to face with a nudist mobster, his seven-foot strong-arm, a octogenarian knife-touting fisherman, and, somehow, an armadillo.

When Hap Collins saves the life of his employer's daughter, he is rewarded with a Caribbean Cruise, and he convinces his best friend Leonard Pine to come along. However, when the cruise sails on without them, stranding them in Playa del Carmen with nothing but their misfortune and Leonard's new ridiculous hat, the two quickly find themselves drawn into a vicious web of sordid violence. When they return to East Texas, they find that trouble has beaten them back, and when trouble's around it doesn't take long for Hap and Leonard to find it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307455529
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Series: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 252,897
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing a TV series, "Hap and Leonard" for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero.

Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

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Captains Outrageous (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #6) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good novel and quite surprising!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hap, Leonard, and a few friends go on a very entertainig, and bloody adventure. Told as only Lansdale can. Thank you mister Lansdale for sharing your gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
L O L good. As always a good read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS¿the newest in the ¿Hap Collins/Leonard Pine¿ series¿Joe R. Lansdale once again proves that he has no equal in the field of writing in the great state of Texas. He is to Texas what Stephen King is to Maine. Both authors have a particular style of writing that appeals to the ¿everyman¿ in its simplicity, yet forceful and soul-searching deliverance. If Mysterious Press/Warner Books put more money into promoting Mr. Lansdale¿s novels here in the United States, they would definitely have a New York Times best selling author on their hands. As it is, the world still hasn¿t discovered what a major storyteller and master craftsman this East Texas writer really is. In this novel, the hilarious, dysfunctional, butt-kicking duo of Hap and Leonard return for another outing of outrageous bantering, not to mention going the distance to help those who are in trouble. Hap and Leonard (think Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson) are now security guards in a chicken processing plant. One night after work, while walking to his truck, Hap hears a desperate cry for help. He sees a man stomping the living daylights out a girl near the trees that border the plant and quickly goes to her rescue. Jumping a chain-link fence like an avenging angel, Hap charges the guy and swiftly finds himself in a fight to the death, using everything he¿s been taught in the martial arts to put this psycho down. After Hap saves the life of the young girl, her father (he happens to be the owner of the chicken plant) rewards him with the gift of a hundred thousand dollars. Accepting the money against his better judgment, Hap decides to take a vacation with his buddy, Leonard. They sign on for a cheap cruise down to Mexico and the Caribbean. As usual, Leonard¿s mouth gets them into trouble on the boat, and they eventually find themselves stranded in a place called Playa Del Carmen. When a group of muggers from a bordering town attack our two heroes with knives and a machete, wounding Leonard in the process, an old fisherman comes to their rescue. The fisherman and his daughter, Beatrice, allow Hap and Leonard to recuperate at their home. While Leonard is recovering from his knife wound, the fisherman¿s daughter uses sex to lure Hap into helping her scam a local mobster. Things, however, don¿t go quite the way Beatrice expects. Her actions lead to death on a major scale, and it follows Hap and Leonard back to Texas in the form of a giant killer named Hammerhead, who likes to skin people alive and then cut their hands and feet off. A close friend of the duo will be murdered because of what happened in Mexico. From that point on the name of the game is revenge for our boys. Hap and Leonard, with the help of Jim Bob Luke, will return to Mexico to take out the mobster and his henchman. A lot of people are going to die before the ending of this novel is reached; and, if Hap has his way, he¿s going to be the one doing the killing! CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS had me laughing and crying. Never was a novel funnier; yet, at the same time, sadder. The violence is intense, and a lot of good people die this time around. Mr. Lansdale¿s prose is ¿mojo¿ writing at its best, capturing the pure essence that breathes life into Hap and Leonard, holding the reader within its tight grasp from the first page to the last. These are guys that will put their lives on the line time and time again to help others, risking everything to right a wrong and to bring a little justice into this mixed-up world. Even the secondary characters (Jim Bob Luke, Veil, Charlie Blank, Marvin Hanson, Beatrice and her father, Ferdinand, Brett Sawyer, and the Mexican mobster, Juan Miguel) are written with the same precise detail and strength as the primary ones. The twists and turns are more numerous than ever, offering surprises for the reader every few pages. CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS isn¿t just a novel; it¿s a grand adventure with two guys who love each other as brothers and
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another installment of the Hap/leonard saga. It is also an excellent addition to the detective series. Snap this one up and get your fill again of the famous hilarious detective duo as they traipse across a turbulent Pacific ocean in a dingy vacation cruise ship, hit dangerous skids inside Mexico, then get drop-kicked back inside their Texas digs. Real action yet gently humorous adventure makes this another Lansdale classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic, can't put down tale from the master, Joe R. Lansdale. Brothers to the end, Hap and Leonard go on a vacation and ponder advancing age, life and love. Being Hap and Leonard you know that mayhem will have to follow. All the favorites are back for this one; Charlie, Hanson, Jim Bob Luke, Brett and even Bob the armadillo, and the mix is explosive, hilarious and so uniquely Lansdale.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In East Texas, Hap Collins wonders how far the mighty has fallen as his life has taken a dangerous life-threatening turn from the worst disease known to humanity: boredom. Not only has his relationship including the sex with Brett turning deader than a eunuch¿s penis, he works the second shift as a security guard at a chicken processing plant. The only good part of that job is he shares his rounds with his friend Leonard Pine even if the Pinester has a hanging low hunk of a lover. Then again this is better than working at the other chicken plant where they wanted Hap to masturbate with the fowl.

However, everything changes when Hap rescues Sarah Bond from a maniac who fights like a robotic superman. Sarah¿s father offers Hap money for saving the life of his daughter. Hap and Leonard accept an all paid expense cruise to Mexico, but Leonard manages to show his class by getting them stranded south of the border. Soon one thing leads to another and the duo is fleeing for their lives with thugs chasing them with one thought in mind: killing the Americans.

CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS is the usual outrageous adventures of Hap and Leonard. The story line is amusing and always seems one paragraph away from being out of control, but somehow award winning Joe R Lansdale never loses his grip on the plot. The action is crazy and the lead duo remains as insane as ever. Though not the deepest work by Mr. Lansdale, fans will still have a good time following the vulgar pair wreck havoc in Mexico.

Harriet Klausner