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Boomerang [Kindle Edition]

Alan Hutcheson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ted Hogwood's beloved Sarah, a jazz guitar, is in the window of Topp Dollar Pawn. The only way he can get the money to rescue her is to accept an assignment from the AABC, a not nearly official branch of the United States intelligence community. He is partnered with Jerry Kwiatkowski, master of the Hammond B-3 organ and chronic flatulence sufferer, to steal a boomerang containing secrets that should have died with J. Edgar Hoover over thirty years ago. It would be a simple job if only they knew what they were doing. And if a crossbow wielding assassin, two unemployed Australian women, The Director of Central Intelligence and a clothing optional former onion festival queen were not also hot on the boomerang's trail.

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  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Plumboz Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boomerang; what comes around goes around July 1, 2009
From its great characters to its twisted plot, Boomerang is lots of fun. The humor and quirky characters are reminiscent of "The Big Lebowski" while the frenetic pacing brings to mind "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." A missing boomerang is sought by a couple of down-on-their-luck jazz musicians, an albino assassin, two little old Australian ladies, the C.I.A. and a sexy cheerleader, not to mention the surviving members of a secret agency set up long ago by J. Edgar Hoover. The ensuing mayhem as they compete to recover the artifact, manages to be both amusing and exciting, not an easy thing for a writer to achieve. That said, I highly recommend this book. A great summer read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boomerang flies July 15, 2011
By MoonMan
Format:Kindle Edition
Boomerang is a comedy thriller, with a nice balance between the elements: the thrills are in the action, the comedy in the telling. The premise is simple. There exists somewhere in the world a hollow boomerang which contains some super-sensitive information dating back to the time of J. Edgar Hoover. A lot of people are very anxious to get hold of it.

The story is told in the third person - many third persons - the action shifting frequently between protagonists. There are, for example, the two odd couples: Australian sisters Doreen and Amelia, and offbeat US security operatives Ted and Jerry. There's even a dog, Oz, whose point of view is given the attention it surely deserves.

There are strong echoes of Douglas Adams, perhaps even of Evelyn Waugh. And Boomerang has a cinematic feel - or, to be more precise, a Quentin Tarantino feel. Tarantino would love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It keeps on coming back to me... February 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great book and full of fun. It took a little while to gel for me, but once it did I was hooked. At first it seemed to be very bitty - it skipped from one set of characters to the next without letting me get them sorted in my head. Once I had them all straight, and the threads started to come together, I realised just how well it was done.

There were so many brilliant characters and memorable scenes, as I said in my title, they keep on coming back. I think that the slapstick humour at first masks the quality of the writing. When I tried to come up with a couple of quotes that stood out, it wasn't the funny stuff, but the more quiet and reflective bits that came to mind.

I thought the ending was lovely, and unexpectedly moving. It made the characters feel more real and not just figures of fun. I do hope there will be more books about them all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Read! May 18, 2011
By Misty
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In order to save his pawned guitar, Ted Hogwood accepts an assignment from a branch of the government that isn't even official. His partner on this assignment is Jerry Kwiatkowski and their mission is to steal a boomerang that contains secrets that should have died with J. Edgar Hoover. What stands in their path? A crossbow wielding assassin, two unemployed Australian women, the director of Central Intelligence and an ex-cheerleader!

Got your attention yet? Is your eyebrow raised? It should be! This book was a really fun read and Alan's writing style reminded me at times of the late Douglas Adams. The deeper into the plot you get, the more you can tell the characters are in a situation that's way over their heads. It's quirky, funny and really hard to put down. I found myself wondering how this all would come together and then when it did I was highly amused. It was really sad when this fun trip ended and I do hope to see these characters again somewhere down the road.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Characters; Somewhat Silly; OK Read December 30, 2012
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I almost gave up on this book early in my reading but stuck with it because the action and humor got better from about mid-way to the end. In the beginning, I found it hard to keep track of all of the characters introduced in the story and what role they were playing.

At the end, I thought the story could have been better without some of the characters adding confusion and becoming bit players that got too many words (in my opinion) written about them. Adding to this was the sometimes wordy style of the author and the silly actions by the players in the story.

In total, the story was funny (with some bits where I outright laughed or chuckled) but felt contrived and too long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow until middle of book July 21, 2012
By Sue B.
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I didn't read this quickly because the continual shifting from a short chapter about one character to the next short chapter about another worthless individual and then another, quite frankly was boring. I'm not sure why I persevered, but finally between 50% and the 60% point it suddenly began to pull me in. The last 40% of the book flew by. I really enjoyed that last 40%.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat funny February 19, 2013
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This book has some humorous moments, but I think the author tries too hard. Much of the humor seems forced. I've certainly read worse books, but also many better ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny November 19, 2010
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I loved this book. I rarely re-read a book but I think I may have to in this case just to be sure I didn't miss a funny bit because I was pushing through it so fast. I have to admire the author's cleverness. He has so many characters all with their own part to play and all balanced like spinning plates on sticks and, just as you think he may have forgotten one, he or she pops up in the most unlikely place. All the characters are well-fleshed out and engaging from the dog next door to the chief of the CIA. I loved them all. My favourite was Doreen. What a wonderful character. I chuckle to myself even now as I think of her. A close second would have been Paul, the teen. He was great.

I hope Mr Hutcheson plans on a sequel as I would love to meet some of these characters again.

At the price it was the best bargain ever but, even if it was full-price, I would still be counting myself lucky that I stumbled on it.

Pure gold. Thank you Mr Hutcheson for the hours of sheer reading enjoyment I got from your book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun
Hutcheson has a droll sense of humor. With all the slap-stick and farce it could have gotten "cute." But it never did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Y. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying humorous thriller
Just finished BOOMERANG by Alan Hutcheson. A wild and crazy thriller with some zany characters. Not enough suspense and action for me though. Read more
Published on February 4, 2013 by James A. Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Would throw and NOT want it to come back to me
I wanted to continue reading since many of the reviewers said the book got better, but I just couldn't. Read more
Published on January 15, 2013 by gmt
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Keystone Kops
A sardonic parody of spy adventures, that isn't predictable at all. There are so many twists and turns in this story that it is almost impossible to predict the author's next... Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Cici
1.0 out of 5 stars literate but just not very good
Filled with supposedly wild and wacky characters who actually are quite tedious. Reading this book reminded me of going through the online site "people of WalMart". Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Prof Cochise
1.0 out of 5 stars boomerang
tough guy violence, predictable and lacks interest. Not something to pick and read with enthusiasm or anticpation. Waste of money!
Published on April 7, 2012 by TillyWilly
2.0 out of 5 stars Boomerang
I hung on till the very end because many reviewers stated the book got much better. I did not find that there was vast improvement. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and suspenseful...a really good book!
I had trouble making sense of this book at first as all the different characters and places didn't seem to have anything in common. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by YoAdrien
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