Vámonos!: A Humerous Adventure Novel

Vámonos!: A Humerous Adventure Novel

by Bill Stephens


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988643307
Publisher: Franklin Scribes
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Bill Stephens wrote over 1,000 weekly wine columns for Harte-Hanks, Murdoch, and Hearst newspapers. For over 18 years he was the cliché newspaper columnist who had "The Novel" third drawer down in his desk. He finally pulled it out one day, and his debut novel, Vámonos!, is the result. His features on wine, food, travel, and outdoor appeared in Wine News, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Chef, and Field & Stream. You can follow Bill on his Blog, "Read It and Weep." www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/billstephens

Stephens is a graduate of The University of Texas and studied creative writing at Trinity University, San Antonio. As an avid outdoorsman he has hunted and fished from Alaska to Mexico and has ridden his Harley Davidson Motorcycle coast-to-coast, border-to-border, and more than 12,000 miles in Mexico. He lives in Texas with his wife and her critters. Visit his website www.billstephensbooks.com

He soon will release his third novel, Woke Up This Morning, and a collection of short stories.

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Vámonos!: A Humerous Adventure Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lisarayLR More than 1 year ago
A fun, lively, and fulfilling read. Skeets and Jesse are people you want to know, and their adventures keep the pages turning. Lots of laughs. And best of all, in the end there is total redemption. You gotta read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill Stephens‘ Vámonos sets the tone immediately with Skeets Holleran’s country music, “liberated“ sex and plenty of booze. That is, until his girlfriend Gena gets wind of his activities. He finds his worldly goods tossed helter-skelter on her lawn, the door locked with “95 [Thes]es” tacked on it detailing his misdeeds. (She uses a rhyming word beginning with “F”.) Now homeless, Skeets and his friend Jesse, in Dutch over hot checks, take off for Mexico on their Harleys. On their very first stop at a roadside bar & grill they fall victim to a drug lord who promises to smuggle the paperless pair over the border. Instead, he locks them in the back of the truck where he normally transports wetbacks, then at gunpoint robs them of their jeans, shorts, and their Harley Hogs. Tied to a tree back-to-back, they face death by thirst and starvation—if various critters don’t finish them off first. Stephens shifts gears to paint the view from the nearby ant hill. The population rejoices, since after meatless months during which the citizens had barely survived, God has at last ceased his punishment for their—to them—mysterious misdeeds. They approach and surround the abundant fresh meat but hesitate. Surely, they should somehow pay homage to the Deity before launching themselves upon the feast? Before they can make their next move a fetid, yellow flood pours down upon them, washing many away, grossing everyone out. In this gentle, humorous satire of religion, the ants conclude that God and His ways are a cruel and capricious enigma. Our heroes, who had temporarily saved themselves by using the only weapons they have at hand, are rescued by two illegals to continue their adventures. Smuggled across the border in the Wolf Wagon, an 18-wheeler painted to resemble a hungry wolf, they recover their belongings, earn their keep by playing country music, and enjoy a wild fling with two willing U of Texas grad students. They come to the aid of a destitute Mexican family, and later fall into the clutches of the evil, dictatorial sheriff of an out-of-the-way village, where a bright and ambitious donkey, Josephine, plays a key role in the ensuing conflict. Bill Stephens maintains a breathless pace in his complex plot consisting of outlandish adventures that always somehow weave together to make a funny, sometimes violent, other times tender whole with a highly satisfactory ending. Stephens shows intimate knowledge of Austin, Texas, and especially of Mexico: its back roads, villages, food and people. To me, the intelligent “critters” were a charming and whimsical way to poke fun at the foibles of the fools we mortals be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book. A fun read all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whooping Good Time Two wild and crazy C&W Musicians get out of "Dodge" on their Harleys and find themselves in a mess of trouble in The Mexican Dessert. I laughted until I couldn't hold the book. if you like laughing while setting on the edge of your seat, then Vamonos! is the books for you.