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Tuccille is an enthusiastic explorer of the American Southwest's deserts, mountains and forests. He lives in rural northern Arizona with his wife, Wendy, a pediatrician, their son, Anthony, and their two dogs.
Top Customer Reviews
It's not a great, ponderous tome by any stretch, at most it's a light weekend read. Nor (Oh, thank you Muses!) does it at any point stop the music to explain the characters' actions or beliefs, or to lecture the reader on why he or she should act or believe that way too. That second thing being one of the two great weaknesses of the average bit of modern freedom fic, I'd have appreciated that even if Tuccille's book had disappointed in every other way.
Which it does not. Tuccille stuck to his plot and stubbornly resisted what must have been occasional temptation to pause and explain philosophical points along the way. To be honest, I don't know what effect that will have on general readers. But as a crazed freedomista myself, I found the way his protagonists dealt with their dilemma quite easy to follow, and the story delightful.
Having said that, character development is both the story's greatest strength and one of its greatest weaknesses. The protagonists are well-rounded characters - they have strengths and weaknesses that are carefully crafted and quite human, you have no trouble believing in these people. I wish I could say the same for the antagonists, who are almost uniformly one-dimensional and whose actions often descend into slapstick. If the "looters" in Atlas Shrugged had spent most of the book without their clothes on (don't ask) they'd be a lot like these characters. It's kind of jarring: the good guys are real people, but I had a very hard time suspending disbelief in the bad guys. Because HDB treats its subject matter lightly but it is really not a light subject, the book sometimes veers rather unevenly between drama and comedy.Read more ›
"Anxious over the delay in his official mission of arboreal arson,
Jason once again stood on his brakes and brought his truck to
a skidding halt. Fine Arizona soil, bone dry in the sun-drenched
intermission between monsoon rains, rose up in a cloud and settled
gently on Jason and his passengers."
It's quirky, interesting, and reads like a great road trip - flies past so fast that you don't realize you're *not* getting your work done.
If you've ever been to Colorado, Arizona, etc., you'll recognize the people, the weather, scenery, EVERYTHING. 'Cuz Tuccille writes *true life*.
Buy this - you'll enjoy it. I am. ;o)
Rare are those stories that depict nature with a lighthearted chuckle, to be respected, sure, but also to be enjoyed by people who know what they're doing in the Great Outdoors. Rarer still is such a story written from a free market, libertarian perspective. Luckily, author J.D. Tuccille has taken it upon himself to rectify that deficit with his novel, High Desert Barbecue.
Scott and his friend Rollo are both renegades, but both in their own unique, quirky ways. While Scott commits minor acts of vandalism against police vehicles, and willfully ignores building codes when renovating his house, Rollo eschews civilization altogether, living alone for months at a time in the dusty Arizona wilderness (the eponymous High Desert).
When Rollo, never friendly with the state Forest Service, is kicked out of his squatter's cabin by rangers, he escapes to the relative safety of Scott's home in Flagstaff. When he is then blamed by government officials for a large wildfire ravaging the western state, he drags Scott and his girlfriend Lani into a dangerous chase that will pit them against Forest Service rangers, wacko environmentalists and a plot that could threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
J.D. Tuccille's first novel, High Desert Barbecue, is a great read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the writers tone and style. The story didn't lose my interest by going into unnecessary detail rather it worked with my imagination to bring me in to its world. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Barat
This book will not be among those considered as the next great American novel, but for someone wanting a fast and entertaining read with some good outdoors imagery wound into the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Brian J Barnes
J.D. Tuccille has written a zesty subversive romp through the woods and deserts of northern Arizona. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by James Bovard
I really did enjoy this book. A lot! My only complaint is that he was too easy on the bad guys in the end.Published on December 27, 2012 by DullHawk
Found it very odd and disturbing. Almost quit reading it several times. It was disjointed and choppy and a bit gruesome.Published on December 19, 2012 by Judith D Johnson
Having enjoyed the author's writing on Reason.Com, I thought I'd give this book a go.
A quick, enjoyable read. Read more
I found this story slow to start then it became a thrilling chase and interesting conclusion. It describes the Rim country in Arizona nicely and takes you there.Published on November 25, 2012 by Gary K
I was unprepared for the events in this book. The characters are unforgettable and the events a little far out at times. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Tom - Mobile