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The story is told in the third person - many third persons - the action shifting frequently between protagonists. There are, for example, the two odd couples: Australian sisters Doreen and Amelia, and offbeat US security operatives Ted and Jerry. There's even a dog, Oz, whose point of view is given the attention it surely deserves.
There are strong echoes of Douglas Adams, perhaps even of Evelyn Waugh. And Boomerang has a cinematic feel - or, to be more precise, a Quentin Tarantino feel. Tarantino would love it.
Got your attention yet? Is your eyebrow raised? It should be! This book was a really fun read and Alan's writing style reminded me at times of the late Douglas Adams. The deeper into the plot you get, the more you can tell the characters are in a situation that's way over their heads. It's quirky, funny and really hard to put down. I found myself wondering how this all would come together and then when it did I was highly amused. It was really sad when this fun trip ended and I do hope to see these characters again somewhere down the road.
At the end, I thought the story could have been better without some of the characters adding confusion and becoming bit players that got too many words (in my opinion) written about them. Adding to this was the sometimes wordy style of the author and the silly actions by the players in the story.
In total, the story was funny (with some bits where I outright laughed or chuckled) but felt contrived and too long.
There were so many brilliant characters and memorable scenes, as I said in my title, they keep on coming back. I think that the slapstick humour at first masks the quality of the writing. When I tried to come up with a couple of quotes that stood out, it wasn't the funny stuff, but the more quiet and reflective bits that came to mind.
I thought the ending was lovely, and unexpectedly moving. It made the characters feel more real and not just figures of fun. I do hope there will be more books about them all.
Enjoyable, but a bit tedious in details at times. Maybe the mind numbing details were intended to be red herrings to divert the reader's attention so the next twist is even a larger surprise. I found myself having to re-read things, in order to keep up. I think most people will find this entertaining, but keep your focus, or you will be lost!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You're never quite sure until the end who the good guys or the bad guys are, or who's spying on who. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anne Reed
This book has some humorous moments, but I think the author tries too hard. Much of the humor seems forced. I've certainly read worse books, but also many better ones.Published on February 19, 2013 by Michael Hughes
Just finished BOOMERANG by Alan Hutcheson. A wild and crazy thriller with some zany characters. Not enough suspense and action for me though. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by James A. Anderson
I wanted to continue reading since many of the reviewers said the book got better, but I just couldn't. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by gmt
Filled with supposedly wild and wacky characters who actually are quite tedious. Reading this book reminded me of going through the online site "people of WalMart". Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Prof Cochise
tough guy violence, predictable and lacks interest. Not something to pick and read with enthusiasm or anticpation. Waste of money!Published on April 7, 2012 by TillyWilly
I hung on till the very end because many reviewers stated the book got much better. I did not find that there was vast improvement. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Granny