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Skink--No Surrender Hardcover – September 23, 2014
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"Skink and Richard make quite a dangerous and entertaining duo in a story that careens perfectly from one crazy situation to the next. Reluctant readers (especially guys) will surrender themselves to this page turner. Cross your fingers that we haven’t seen the last of Skink!" -- Booklist, starred
"If you were pursuing your cousin’s kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Skink is larger than life.... A presence to be reckoned with." -- The Horn Book
"A high stakes, action-packed comedy with a lot of heart." —VOYA
Top Customer Reviews
Richard, the book's teenage narrator, first meets Skink on the beach near his home. Skink has buried himself in the sand, disguising himself as a turtle nest, with hopes of catching someone who has been collecting turtle eggs. (Later on Skink gets his man!) Despite their age difference, and Skink's many quirks and oddities, the two make a connection. When Richard tells Skink about his cousin Malley's running off with an internet predator, finding and rescuing Malley becomes Skink's new mission. The mismatched pair set out together in Florida-wide manhunt.
Fans of Hiaasen's fiction will recognize the familiar settings, characters, and attitudes that inhabit his fiction: the hapless criminals, the less-than-intelligent adults, the riffs on endangered species and habitats, the somewhat random but still enjoyable plot connections. Fans of Hiaasen's stories for younger readers will recognize characteristics Richard shares with earlier Hiaasen protagonists: independent thinking, curiosity, a love of nature. Skink--No Surrender establishes a sort of middle ground between Hiaasen's novels for adults and his YA novels. It has a bit more violence and more mature subject matter than the latter and less than the former.Read more ›
The story is told from the point of view a 14-year old boy who tries to save his best friend, his cousin of the same age but opposite gender, who has been kidnapped by 26-year old male psychopath whom the cousin met in an Internet chat room. The plot includes some of the typical lowlife in Hiassen novels, as well as the good guys (I've read nearly all of them, especially all the ones for adult readers). Skink is his usual self, now 72 years old and going strong, but the colorful (swearing) adult language is absent from Skink, as well as the rest of the characters. In other words, if it were a movie, it would be G rated, or possibly PG.
I've been hoping that Hiassen would write a new novel similar to the earlier ones for adults, and miss some of his witty sarcasm, humorous slants to the characters, exposition of their human foibles, and the nearly incredible, hilarious situations they get themselves into. But I understand that Hiassen is trying to get the main moral message that permeates all his books across to the younger generation--because they are the future. I'd highly recommend this book to teenagers, but adults can enjoy it too and pass it on to their children when they're old enough to read it.
Skink is a character that sometimes has a major role in Hiaasen's repertoire and sometimes makes a cameo appearance. As you can imagine from the title, Skink is a major player in this book.
Hiaasen's writing is always entertaining and always funny. The funniest factor is that the crazy scenarios that he describes are so darn believable. He has said in interviews that we are so lucky that so many bad guys are so unbelievably stupid. Most of the bad guys are, truly, nominees for the Darwin Awards.
"Skink" deals with the plight of leatherback turtles, the life of a young man trying to survive his mother's second marriage, a secret guilt and a secret love. Much of the story takes place on the water and there is a part concerning an alligator that appears to be shamelessly stolen from Peter Pan. You won't want to put it down.
I do not give out five star reviews very often.
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I love Hiaasens' writing and since I'm familiar with most of Florida, it is very easy for my minds eye to picture the locale of his stories. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Helium Head
We love this author who takes truth to the absurd level. Great readPublished 8 days ago by Kenneth DeHart
Typical Carl Hiaasen...hilarious, no holds barred, fun read featuring the most colorful (right down to his identity-defining blue shower cap) reappearing character he has created. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Crime drama reader 2016
The story offered a realistic situation of teens getting too deep on the internet...and rebellion. But also a great, absurd Skink adventure and his variety of whacked out... Read morePublished 19 days ago by S. Moore
'Skink - No Surrender' is yet another humorous novel by Hiaasen staring Skink, the ex-governor whose gone rogue in an eco-friendly way. Read morePublished 20 days ago by lazza