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About the Author

J.D. Tuccille's provocative and often witty columns have appeared in publications including the Arizona Republic and the Washington Times. An enthusiastic explorer of the American Southwest, he lives in rural northern Arizona with his wife, Wendy, a pediatrician, their son, Anthony, and their two dogs.

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  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146644830X
  • Publisher: Stubbed Toe Press (October 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061GO1YI
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J.D. Tuccille's provocative and often witty columns on hotly debated topics including the environment, government overreach and civil liberties have appeared in publications including the Arizona Republic, the Denver Post, the Providence Journal and the Washington Times. An editor at Reason.com, the online incarnation of Reason magazine, and former editor of a popular civil liberties website, Tuccille has commented on current issues on both television and radio, and has been quoted saying unkind things about politicians and government policies in the pages of the New York Times, Salon and other publications.

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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel on November 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
HDB is a very entertaining book, I enjoyed it very much and think you might as well.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K-Lo on November 8, 2011
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I picked this book up because of the Edward Abbey/Hunter S. Thompson reference and because of the outdoors connection. I like Thompson's work and any book that involves pyromania, Flagstaff, backpacking, drugs and general insanity has got to be entertaining. This book did not disappoint - it a delight to read and outrageous! The author obviously knows his way around a campfire and loves the outdoors. I definitely recommended this book to anyone who wants a modern take on "sex, drugs and rock and roll".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hawkridge on November 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm *supposed* to be doing a WordPress install, but I got a copy of JD's High Desert Barbecue, and I haven't stopped for 8 chapters.

"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)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Writeshack on December 1, 2012
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Unusual plot, fast paced, good characters. Action in the high mesa wilderness with an intriguing set of well written characters with interesting and conflicting, if nonconformist, views on wilderness conservation and who should or shouldnot be able to benefit from it. Best of all, it doesn't preach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy. on November 20, 2012
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If you like stories of being stuck in the desert, this is for you. Characters were developed, lacked in suspense. Could have been better.
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There is no shortage of novels devoted to the outdoors whose stories appeal to backpackers, campers and hikers. It takes only a minute's thought to conjure up such titles as Into the Wild, Hatchet, or Hemingway's famous short story, Big Two-Hearted River. Many of these seriously and studiously explore nature as a vast healing power, a thunderous force not to be trifled with, or a dangerous coming of age challenge.

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.
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