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C&W singer/songwriter Skeets Hollaran and best friend, piano player, Jesse Suarez, are both underachieving Austin, Texas, musicians. Skeets finds himself homeless when his soul mate, Gena Koster, kicks him out for philandering. Jesse's landlord evicts him and threatens criminal action for his hot rent checks. They flee, on their Harley motorcycles, into the Mexican desert. They hope for a life-changing, pivotal spiritual journey of redemption: sin seared from their souls by the desert sun, atonement, and absolution of Skeets by Gena.
Instead, a riotous romp follows from the Mexican border to the small town of Tolencita where the despot El Jefe jails them and threatens their lives.
As you ride along with Skeets and Jesse on this Don Quixote-esque adventure, you find (in spite of the playful tone and often thigh-slapping humor) mankind's foibles arrayed, illegal immigration illuminated, greed uprooted and foiled, and political oppression confronted and vanquished - all without a single gunshot.
Wonderful Josefina, the Mexican burro, also shows us if we are steadfast in our faith and stay the course, we can achieve our dreams, even though we might get diddled along the way.
Bill Stephen's Vámonos! takes a wry and realistic look at human nature and the result is fun, lively, innovative, and highly entertaining. Instead of editorial comment on the character's foibles, the various critters do the job, and the result is often hilarious and deeply revealing. Though the protagonists get themselves into heaps of trouble, the general tone is upbeat throughout, often left me laughing out loud. I recommend ¡Vámonos! in the highest terms." Florence Weinberg, Ph.d Author of The Storks of Caridad and Unrest in Eden
"From a literary standpoint, Vámonos! is a book about good. evil, redemption, and the human condition, and it handles those elements with grace, intelligence, and wit. Remarkably, it also does something that literary novels rarely do: while accurately capturing the zeitgeist of today's Mexico, it delivers the kind of edge-of-the-seat entertainment usually found only in plot driven thrillers. Have you ever wondered what it might be like to ride a Harley, or maybe to ride one in Mexico? Vámonos! brings you those experiences, virtually in 3D, with as much excitement as anybody needs, and does so with close to zero predictability. And there is enough humor to keep you smiling through even the most suspenseful scenes. The ending is especially satisfying: not only do the main characters achieve redemption but so do readers, most of whom will not be able to finish the book without a surge of optimism and a renewed enthusiasm for their own slog through this veil of tears." Jim Peyton author of The Vampires of Bustamonte
"I think the comparison to Christopher Moore and Carl Hiaasen is a good one. I've read several of their books. In fact, I enjoy listening to these types of books and think Vámonos! is perfect for the audiobook format. It's funny with a charming, self-deprecating hero. It reminds me of a modern day Don Quixote. And the dialogue and situational comedy make it a great candidate for film." Diana Lopez author of Confetti Girl and Sophia's Saints.
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Enjoyed reading this book. A fun read all the way to the end.
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.