Red Right Return (Buck Reilly Adventure Series)

Red Right Return (Buck Reilly Adventure Series)

by John H. Cunningham
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Buck Reilly's a lot like the rest of us--trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He's living in a Key West hotel and operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage aboard a 1946 Grumman Widgeon flying boat, hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked. But when he delivers a mysterious woman to a mission boat destined for Cuba, things start going downhill quick. He faces down the dark forces of Santeria priests, Cuban Secret Police, and an FBI agent with a grudge. Buck has nothing but ingenuity to save his skin and the lives he put in peril ... and prevent a war with America's longest-running enemy ... When you see the world through Buck Reilly's eyes, the view will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985442255
Publisher: Greene Street, LLC
Publication date: 07/15/2012
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 799,620
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Red Right Return 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by JoAnne: This turned out to be a fast moving action novel that started out very slowly and was hard to get into initially. Cunningham gave lots of background info while setting the stage in Key West and introducing all the bad guys (along with their nicknames) who were chasing after Buck. This was interspersed with some of Buck's life story of why he was in Key West in the first place. This bogged down the story line when trying to keep the plot and characters straight. Add in the Santeros (those believing in Santeria) and Palo Mayomebe, it's dark side, and it was made a little more difficult. Once you got past all the scene setting the action worked its magic and drew you into the story. There was lots of conflict and some romance which held my interest and kept reeling me in. Then the ending of the story was climatic which made it all worthwhile. I ended up enjoying this book, when I didn't think I would, and look forward to reading others in the series that John Cunningham is planning to write. I would hope that in future books Buck will get into the story/action a lot quicker and therefore grab my interest from the start of the story instead of about 50 pages into the book. Favorite Quote: "I rode past Seven Fish. Karen's and my table was empty. My hands were numb on the handlebars. I'd spilled my guts, prattled on about my failed marriage and business, but I'd also discovered her secret ambition to write and some ways in which we were really alike. Plus I had the feel of my hands in hers, her saying I wasn't alone and the halo of lilac still etched in my mind. And, damnit, her strikingly familiar protagonist. The ruthless salvage hunter."
jadestar31 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Buck Reilly is living in Key West after his company collapsed and he had to file for bankruptcy. Used to living a life of adventure, he is now running a small charter and salvage service and just trying to make ends meet. Honestly, I felt that the beginning of the novel was a little choppy and rushed. It probably would have been nice to get to know Buck a little better before the adventure started. I just found it a little confusing to have Buck's personal life story interspersed with the complex plot. There was a LOT of Cuban/American history introduced in this novel. Personally, I found all the different plot points (and characters introduced) to be a little too complex for me, but others might enjoy this writing style. I did appreciate all of the research done for this book and how vividly the atmosphere was described.The book does pick up halfway through. There is a lot of excitement and a little romance. In fact, from about halfway through the novel to the conclusion, there is a pretty non-stop build up that leads to a thrilling climax. I thought Cunningham did a great job of building the suspense.Buck Reilly may be an extremely flawed protagonist, but he's definitely charming and likeable. I liked all of his friends (and how every character was quite well developed). A good start to the series - I predict Cunningham will only get better.
alicensweetbottom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is generally out of the genre I'm used to however, I still enjoyed it. It was a long read for me; In the beginning I had to look up a few terms since I have almost no knowledge about aviation and even with a good plot and climax I was able to put it down easily. Overall I liked it so I presume readers who are into aviation and mystery would love it.
K-Smith0 More than 1 year ago
A simple plot with interesting characters, this book is a great summer read. Buck Reilly is a fantastic lead character, ranging from down on his luck to partaking in great adventures. The book has great pacing, as the story really moves along, keeping the reader fully engaged. It’ll be interesting to see if Cunningham’s next novel can top this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Right Return is a fast paced novel filled with twists, turns, laughs and mystery. Centered around Buck Reilly, an antiquities business owner turned bankrupt escapist turned treasure hunter, Red Right Return is the first of the Buck Reilly Adventure series. Looking like a grungier version of Jimmy Buffet, Buck's main focuses are to find treasure, remain (semi) anonymous and live his life as simply as possible. After forgoing his previous lifestyle of luxury, Buck's days consist of living in a hotel in Key West and loving the number one woman in his life: Betty, his 1942 Grumman Widgeon flying boat. Enter a mysterious girl, an angry art dealer, the Cuban Secret Police, and the FBI and all of a sudden, Buck is placed in the middle of a world of Santeria, murder and secrets. Slowly weaving his way through the chaos, Buck unearths more than he could have ever imagined while navigating though family history and local superstitions. His exploration ultimately leads him in to the Bahamas and Cuba, causing him to not only meet a cast of rare characters but find a potential love interest as well. Throughout the novel, there are funny moments as well as frustrating, tension filled ones. Yet, Cunningham's prose remains direct and detailed, weaving an adventure story filled with imagery, color and excitement. By the end of the novel, "where's Buck now?" is the question that will resonate, leaving readers eagerly awaiting Cunningham's next Buck Reilly adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Right Return Have you ever wondered what James Bond, Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones, Han Solo, or Travis McGee think about when they experience the insane madness of their lives? Jonathan Cunningham has made sure you do with his first person take on the genre of action/adventure/super talented man. His character Buck Reilly has the brains, suave one liners, good looks, and exciting adventures of those memorable characters but unlike them, the reader is given the story from Buck's end: the tension, exhilarating off the walls knife edge tension and chaos characters like those above (and Buck) experience. This novel feels more exciting than others because you are so wrapped up in the realism of every daredevil action and situation, and once your in Reilly's head, you'll never want anything else. The plot is fairly simple, but a few sneaky twists and brilliant action sequences make the pages seem to fly by. There is a lot of Florida Keys environment and plenty of plane riding, so for lovers of those elements this book delivers. The writing style is gripping and enjoyable, and the author knows his craftsmanship; not once does the novel stutter or slow. If you are looking for a light, fun action packed romp with a hilariously fun character, this book is for you. I definitely recommend it.