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The Adventures of Slim & Howdy: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kix Brooks , Ronnie Dunn , Bill Fitzhugh
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Exclusive CD! Brooks & Dunn's "Gotta Get Me One of Those" inside!

Musicians by trade, Slim and Howdy have each come to a figurative crossroads in their lives. As fate would have it, they meet at these crossroads, never realizing it's a turning point in their lives. Forced by circumstances to share a truck, they take to the road in pursuit of a common goal--to make it as musicians on the country music circuit.
But it seems no matter where these two travel, trouble finds them. Whether it's turning the tables on a crooked card shark who takes everything they have, or fending off the raging boyfriend of that friendly gal from last night, the guys are constantly needing to outwit the world. And when their friend and boss Jodie Lee disappears, their resourcefulness will truly be tested. Each of the guys has his theory, but they'll need to work together to get to their friend before time runs out.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Country music superstars Brooks & Dunn have enjoyed massive success (30 million albums sold, dozens of awards), but surely a novel about their alter egos couldn't possibly excite anybody outside of die-hard fans, could it? Actually, the duo, along with novelist Fitzhugh, bash out a comic caper that has enough plot twists and nutty one-liners to hook even twang-haters. The book follows lanky, laconic Slim and romantic, goofy Howdy as the two troubadours ramble around the Texas honky-tonk circuit. There's the time Slim, armed with a pair of hedge clippers, reclaims his stolen guitar from Brushfire Boone; or the hot double date that ends with a pantsless Howdy dodging bullets. The boys land a steady gig at a roadhouse in Del Rio until its owner is kidnapped and ransomed. With no shortage of suspects, the boys follow the trail into the Mexican desert, where a zany cast of bad guys gathers for the boffo final shootout. It's like a particularly good episode of The Dukes of Hazzard: corny as hell, but heaps of fun. (May)
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"[A] comic caper that has enough plot twists and nutty one-liners to hook even twang haters. . . heaps of fun." (Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (May 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UGM3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Romp with Slim & Howdy May 1, 2008
I enjoyed reading the Adventures if Slim & Howdy, Having been a long time fan of Brooks & Dunn . I have always enjoyed the escapades of their alter egos Slim & Howdy in their liner notes. So to have a complete novel of these two cowboys was great. A lot of the dialog between Slim & Howdy I could hear in my head as I read. I think all Brooks & Dunn fans will enjoy this tail and treasure it. I know I do. Even of your not a fan of the duo. This is a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Slim & Howdy on the road May 12, 2008
This is a delightful book filled with laugh-out-loud fun and some adventures that leave us holding our breath. These two good-ole boys who came to life for us in the liner notes of Brooks & Dunn's CDs take us on a wild ride and introduce us to some unforgettable characters along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast! June 3, 2008
The book is a blast, a must read for any Brooks & Dunn fan, and if you're not, you will by the time you finish. This book shows how truly creative Brooks & Dunn are. For those of us who have anxiously awaited each new CD for another snippet of the Slim & Howdy saga, this book really is a wonderful ride. I only hope there is another one in the works since we never do find out if Slim's father is still alive, or whether Howdy finds the perfect margarita. Just a few things to ponder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put on your Cowboy Hat and Enjoy the Ride! July 4, 2009
This western comedy mystery gallops across the cultural landscape and dry gullies of Texas, carrying the reader on an hilarious, insightful, rollicking tale about the school of hard knocks that is the world in which our courageous and clever singing cowboy heroes thrive. The plot line concludes with a smokin', car jumpin', gun blazin' shoot out, where we are reminded of the importance of family and great friendships, and the sun-dried heart strings of an aging cowboy are strummed by prospects of love. This is a entertaining novel whose endearing characters cry out for more adventures in a sequel (hint-hint).

The Everyman heroes of this ballad of a book, Slim and Howdy (who are the alter-egos for real-life country music heroes, Dunn and Brooks, as developed in the album jackets of their music), meet when they are down on their luck and in search of a new ride. From the time Slim and Howdy bump into each other at Red's used car lot in Beaumont, TX, a classy used car joint where "Red was always quick to throw in a clean cardboard box to catch the oil drips," a firm bond and partnership was forged. Slim and Howdy - who were both trying to work a deal with Red, sized each other up like this: "Slim took as a good sign...that Howdy had a guitar and nice saddle....he reminded Slim of Frank Zappa with a cowboy hat." For Howdy's part, Slim had an "easy-going confidence." "So they decided to share a ride for a while, "partner up, as it were." Slim and Howdy discover that both have worked many a hard job, but as Howdy says for them both (which sure sounds like Dunn and
Brooks talking to us about their career philosophy), " I know I'd rather earn a living with my music. I'd rather call a honky-tonk my office and have my workday start at night...You gotta get out there and do your thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it! August 10, 2013
By Ray M
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If you enjoyed "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" as a child, you'll love this book as an adult. I recommended this to a friend who is an avid reader and she loved it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Count Me in on the Next Slim and Howdy Adventure April 13, 2009
Bill Fitzhugh is one of the top surreal eccentric character tale adventures. The Adventures of Slim and Howdy combined his normal style with a very heavy American Country lingo and spin, provided by co-authors on this one American Country superstars Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. The result is certainly no Pest Control, in fact unless you're a American country music fan you'll be guessing from time to time what the characters or narrator is talking about (Honkeytonk for example no idea what this means). As with the small town Texas geography. Likewise as with Fitzhugh's Radio Activity and its sequel Highway 61 Resurfaced where unless you were a blues fan you had no idea what the blues music cultural references were, characters Slim and Howdy will both perform a number of hits if you're not into American country music you won't have heard of. However you don't need to understand all this terminology and music for this novel to work, and work well it does.

At a Beaumont used car lot Slim and Howdy work out they are both being ripped off by the pitiful amounts of cash on offer for their cars so decide to keep one, travel together and divide the cash for the other. Slim and Howdy are pretty similar characters (which can get confusing at times knowing which one is which). Both are good natured country boys, you'd be happy to hang out with, both are into music as a dream career and are very good behind the mike and with their guitars although neither knows that about the other.
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