Whiplash River

Whiplash River

by Lou Berney
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Whiplash River 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Whiplash River is the second book for Lou Berney. It picks up the story of 'Shake' Bouchon, the lead character from Berney's first book - Gutshot Straight. Now I hadn't read the first book, but had no problem getting caught up in Shake's story. He's an ex con who has pursued and captured his dream of owning a restaurant in Belize. At last, he can live a nice quiet life on the up and up, earning his money legitimately. Except....he borrowed the money for the restaurant from local crime boss Baby Jesus and he's having trouble making payments - business is a bit slow. But the pace of Shake's life picks up when a masked gunman attempts to kill Quinn, one of his customers. This is just the opening gambit for a roller coaster ride of a read involving a rogue FBI agent, the miffed girlfriend of the gunman, Baby Jesus and his goons, the mob and more. And travel too! The book careens from Belize to San Francisco to Egypt. I chose to listen to Whiplash River and I'm glad I did. The reader was Jeff Gurner and he was an excellent choice. The dialogue in Whiplash River is a huge part of the appeal of this quirky book. Gurner adopted many different and unique voices and accents that brought the whip smart patter to life. I think my favourite was Quinn - who has a story and an anecdote for every situation - I could just see him warming up to share his wisdom. His pacing was great and matched the speed of the action. His speaking voice is clear and easy to listen to. I think I enjoyed the audio more than I would have the book - listening to it just really brought it to life. Berney has concocted a great fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously, but will keep you entertained. Comparisons have been made to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen and I would have to agree. I'd happily listen to another of Berney's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read his first novel afew weeks ago. I found it on the free list and enjoyed it. I promised myself I would gladly pay for his next book. I bought this as soon as it came out. Besides the main character, one character carries over. You probably should read them in order so as to fully understand the relationship, but you wouldn't miss much if you did not. This story spans exotic locations on two continents. Lots of action. Big cast of characters. Maybe a few too many characters.
Normal_Reader More than 1 year ago
More Shake Please! I thoroughly enjoyed Gunshot Straight and looked forward to Whiplash River. It didn't disappoint. Shake is now one of my favorite anti-heroes. Keep him coming, Mr. Berney!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read! Enjoyable story, but not as good as first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great seqel. Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I read a book by this author . I probably will buy book by him in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing and interesting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take a story with unrealistic characters and the only thing tying the plot together are unbelievable coincidences and you have this book. I found true fantasy stories more believable than this story. There was some occasional interesting action but when the author did not know how to carry the plot forward, he threw in some change of unimaginable events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
321 pages. Murder mystery. Adult topics. An over abundance of characters. Book two of a series. Free Friday offering. Mystery solved, but conclusion will be continued into next book. Lots of action. Lots of details. Not chick lit. Enjoyable. The reviewer, Twink, told the entire plot. What a shame. AD
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I never did find the non-stop humor in this book, as promised by both the Editorial reviews and most of the reader reviews. It did seem to be (as suggested by another reviewer) a few short stories patched together. It needs editing for punctuation and short choppy sentences. I gave it three stars instead of two, in case I'm wrong and everybody else is right.
m9r3v13w5 More than 1 year ago
I didn't read the first book but had no trouble getting into the characters. They are interesting and enjoyable. Lots of fun twists and turns in this one.
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Thoroughly enjoyed
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Story line, characters, well crafted. I enjoyed from beginning to end.
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