- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Neverland Publishing Company (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982697112
- ISBN-13: 978-0982697115
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,174,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Audacity of Dope is both lyrical and folksy, a Kerouac-ian road novel that's also laugh-out-loud funny, featuring an anti-hero so potentially iconic you'll be surfing eBay for 'Riley Mansfield' tees before long. Imagine if The Big Lebowski had wandered into a Larry McMurtry novel and decided to write the common man's sequel to Primary Colors. Audacity is the rare combination of satire and sentiment, a look at our country during its most divisive decade, and a toe-tapping yarn spun with threads so pungent you might get a contact high just reading it. Dutton is without a doubt one of the South's freshest voices." --Peter Farris, author of Last Call for the Living
From the Author
I got the idea for my first novel while I was writing what was likely my last non-fiction book, True to the Roots: Americana Music Revealed. Hanging out with songwriters inspired me. They gave me the idea for this yarn.
Maybe it's just that one's first novel is special. Riley Mansfield is my favorite hero, perhaps because he's just as much an anti-hero. Melissa Franklin may still be my favorite character.
While immersed in the first draft, I didn't have a clue what the title would be. President Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope, was sitting on the loveseat in my living room. I had finished it about a month earlier.
The Audacity of Dope. It was the perfect title.
It wasn't a swipe at the president, whom I don't think was the president yet. In fact, I liked Obama. Still do.
This tale of a pot-smoking singer/songwriter's desperate attempt not to be a national hero is set in 2008, but there is no Obama in my depiction. My fiction created a Republican incumbent, Sam Harmon, trying desperately to get reelected. It's a bit role, though.
Riley and Melissa lead representatives of both political parties on a mostly merry chase that comes down to a vivid and rapid-fire conclusion.
I hope you'll pick one up and read it sometime.
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Mr. Dutton's writing style for "The Audacity of Dope" reminds me of Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty," or Richard Hooker's "MASH." Both of those classic novels, like Monte's, presented a story steeped in the battles of bureaucracy, drug and alcohol acceptance, and government ineptitude, but written in a humorous manner to engage the reader. The main character in Monte's story, Riley Mansfield, could easily be a relative of either Phil Elliot, the football player in "North Dallas Forty" who coasts through life with the help of alcohol and drugs, or Dr. Hawkeye Pierce, the blithe and glib army doctor in "MASH."
In addition, the story Monte written is relevant to a lot that is going on today. Particularly, the recent downturn in the economy, the upcoming presidential election, and the long-standing war on terrorism. Parts of the story may appear extreme in viewpoints, such as good versus evil, right versus wrong, but I felt that enhanced the story in maintaining its humorous style.
Overall, a good, and entertaining read!
What follows is a series of events that threatens to spin out of control as Riley tries to maintain his privacy and his simple existence while being pulled back and forth by both political parties, which want the endorsement of this reluctant "hero" who stresses he was merely out to save his own skin. To say much more would be to give a lot of this highly original story away.
I picked up "The Audacity of Dope" -- make no mistake, there is plenty of drugs and drinking in this tale, which is not for "the kiddes" as the authored has pointed out -- with no idea what to expect. I follow Monte Dutton on Twitter and enjoy his NASCAR writings, so hearing he had written a novel it was a no-brainer to me to pick it up for my Kindle.
What I found was a "what-happens-next" story that kept me turning pages late into the night. Part political thriller, part behind the scenes look at the lives of traveling musicians, it was all fun. Having the lyrics for several excellent songs written by "Riley" (Mr. Dutton) included was a real bonus treat.
Dutton clearly demonstrates how Riley, as an "everyman" type character, seeks to cope with his newfound fame and threats to his very existence. When the government gets involved, it's not a stretch of the imagination to see what transpires. Given the number of characters in the book, it could be difficult for someone to keep tabs on them all, but Dutton expertly keeps the focus on Riley, his music, and his experiences. This is definitely not a novel limited to NASCAR fans-it's a great read that keeps you turning the page to see what happens next.