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Former Marine and CIA agent Jennings returns with a riotous sequel to his acclaimed Vietnam farce Nam-A-Rama (2005). It's 1973 and the CIA has posted the naïve, earnest Jack Armstrong (back from Nam-A-Rama) to Mexico City, where he receives a surprising visit from former best friend and colleague Gerard Gearheardt—surprising because Gearheardt was last seen in the burning wreckage of a helicopter in the Laotian jungle in 1969. The Phoenix-like Gearheardt recruits a reluctant Armstrong for the following scheme: assassinate the Mexican president, blame it on Castro and use the resulting outrage as cover for taking over Cuba (which Gearheardt plans to rename Pussy Galoreland and give to the International Sisterhood of Prostitutes as a refuge). Meanwhile, the CIA's new chief-of-station in Mexico, Major Crenshaw, rides into town on a burro with his own plan: a devout Catholic, Crenshaw aims to hijack Gearheardt's operation in order to secure Cuba for the Vatican. Lurking in the shadows is the Pygmy, a three-foot tall CIA operative, and the habitually naked Marta Carlingua, a Cuban prostitute who's either a Gearheardt loyalist or a Castro mole. As Gearheardt's Byzantine plot unravels in this gonzo satire of international diplomacy, it's all as obvious as it is exaggerated, and it's very funny. (Apr.)
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Goodbye Mexico
"If any book has better depicted the absurd, maddening and duplicitous world of espionage, it's still classified. Complete with pygmies, prostitutes, popes, presidents, naked spies, missing jackets and parking accommodations for burros--Goodbye Mexico reads like a laundry list of must-have items for any American intelligence officer." -Kevin Hazzard, author of Sleeping Dogs

"A riotous sequel . . . very funny." -Publishers Weekly
"This book is almost too funny to be fiction. Phil Jennings' tales of hilarity and criminality are matched only by the front pages of
America's newspapers, and my laughter only stopped when I wondered: could this be true?" --Nathaniel Fick, former U.S. Marine Captain and author of One Bullet Away
"If you've ever wanted to overthrow a Latin American country with the help of a cool, courage-crazy Marine turned CIA agent -- and what man-jack amongst us, hasn't it? -- then you ought to love this book and the immortal characters of Gearhardt and Jack Armstrong. Here's hoping Major Crenshaw succeeds next time -- (and you'll have to read the book to find out what I mean)."
 -- H. W. Crocker III, author of Don't Tread on Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting and the award-winning comic novel The Old Limey

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316615
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,878,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Childhood, then finance degree from top cow college, masters (almost) in pre-Colombian Art at Universidad de Mexico,Former Marine pilot, CIA pilot, business stuff of awesome irrelevance. Fell out of office chair afflicted with near terminal boredom. Started writing. Still writing. Found satire best to apply basic wiseguy material and not get sued.

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Format: Hardcover
I spend a lot of time reading nonfiction books related to government conspiracies, government corruption, government bungling, and the malfeasance of government officials. You know, just basic government. But every so often, all that basic government will cause my eyes to get glassy, my brain to turn to Jello (blue raspberry), and my sense of right and wrong to become blurred. When that occurs, I know it's time to take a little break; which I just did recently by reading GOODBYE MEXICO, a work of fiction about government conspiracies, government corruption, government bungling, and the malfeasance of government officials. Boy, do I feel refreshed!

The cover of GOODBYE MEXICO says it was written by a guy named Phillip Jennings. That's where reality stops and the outrageous, satirical adventures and misadventures in mad, covert operations begin. It's a story of subterfuge built upon the sturdy foundation of government intelligence, counterintelligence, double-crossings, triple-crossings, and burro crossings. And unfortunately for Jack Armstrong, the self-professed "Mama's boy" and former Marine attempting to do his duty as a CIA agent while maintaining a relatively calm life, the individual trying to direct all of this insanity - in a sense, playing "The Crossing Guard" - is Armstrong's old Marine buddy, "that damn Gearheardt."

Gearheardt is (so to speak) back from the dead and working with the CIA (kinda, sorta) and cooking up a plan in Mexico to oust Castro from Cuba in order to turn the country over to internacional prostitutas. Meanwhile, other factions have other intentions for Cuba and Gearheardt doesn't know the difference between a pinata and a Chihuahua. (Hell, EVERYONE knows that the dog yelps when you hit it with the stick!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
So, here we have a story that makes Alice's adventures seem like a day in the stacks at your favorite graduate library. Phillip Jennings brings us a further adventure of Jack Armstrong, this time in Mexico not long after America's mis-adventures in Vietnam ended with a makeshift helipad on the rooftop of 22 Gia Long Street in Saigon. Jack Armstrong is feeling pretty good about himself being appointed as the Chief of Station without knowing much Spanish. He rationalizes that his talents were finally recognized and the powers above him decided he could learn all he needs to know on the job.

Soon, his pal Gearheardt shows up. If you have read Nam-A-Rama (and if you haven't, you should), you know the relationship these two have and what happens to Armstrong when Gearheardt involves him in his plans. Armstrong genuinely considers Gearheardt his best friend, a genius, a maniac, a patriot, and someone who is always working unseen and unknowable angles. It isn't that we go through the looking glass as much as we enter a house of mirrors and try to run through all of them at once.

There is little point in my trying to summarize the plot for you because it involves so many possibilities that I would not only be spoiling your fun, but shortchanging the story because I failed to chart out all the possibilities as I was reading it. Without such detailed reference materials I am sure I would make a false turn and then where would we all be?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seraphim on April 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Nam A Rama struck me for its therapeutic power, not in the current psycho-babblish way but more like the way those ancient Greek guys handled tragedy, loss, violence and the all `round mendacity and stupidity of the human race. Goodbye Mexico has all of those same elements, including the slapstick humor (although fans will have to be patient to the end). But it affects me more as a man's book than a philosophical one. A man's manual. On how to be crazy, confused, mendacious at times, even cruel, but never without honor and what the British elite used to call noblesse oblige.

Of course Gearheardt is back - with a vengeance. And Jack Morrison also returns as his foil. But arguably the most outstanding character this go around is Marta. I love Marta. I am in love with Marta. I love her in the Platonic sense. I also love her lustfully, artfully, physically. I lie awake at night thinking about Marta. About how wonderfully we could be together. How we could remake the world together.

Man is lost without woman. Without Beauty. Without the Beauty that woman represents. Without mystery and contradiction and tension. All of which is embodied in woman. Man is stupid, ignorant and lazy. Woman is complex, artful in her essence, hard working. Man is free to roam and scavenge and generally screw off. Woman is trapped in her own fate. Man philosophizes. Woman acts to preserve herself. But what about the two together?

Goodbye Mexico will make Joyce Carrol Oates very happy. It will provide ample material for one of her graduate seminars in literary/psychosexual deconstruction. But Jennings has already done all the deconstructing of man and woman that is necessary and has found power in that elusive elemental relationship. Woman is honest.
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