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Alan Hutcheson lives in Arizona with his family and dogs. He likes to take photographs, is a not very accomplished guitarist, and quite inadequate tennis player. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing; 1st edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849239282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849239288
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,333,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura Lakey on July 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
From its great characters to its twisted plot, Boomerang is lots of fun. The humor and quirky characters are reminiscent of "The Big Lebowski" while the frenetic pacing brings to mind "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." A missing boomerang is sought by a couple of down-on-their-luck jazz musicians, an albino assassin, two little old Australian ladies, the C.I.A. and a sexy cheerleader, not to mention the surviving members of a secret agency set up long ago by J. Edgar Hoover. The ensuing mayhem as they compete to recover the artifact, manages to be both amusing and exciting, not an easy thing for a writer to achieve. That said, I highly recommend this book. A great summer read!
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Boomerang is a comedy thriller, with a nice balance between the elements: the thrills are in the action, the comedy in the telling. The premise is simple. There exists somewhere in the world a hollow boomerang which contains some super-sensitive information dating back to the time of J. Edgar Hoover. A lot of people are very anxious to get hold of it.

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.
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In order to save his pawned guitar, Ted Hogwood accepts an assignment from a branch of the government that isn't even official. His partner on this assignment is Jerry Kwiatkowski and their mission is to steal a boomerang that contains secrets that should have died with J. Edgar Hoover. What stands in their path? A crossbow wielding assassin, two unemployed Australian women, the director of Central Intelligence and an ex-cheerleader!

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.
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I almost gave up on this book early in my reading but stuck with it because the action and humor got better from about mid-way to the end. In the beginning, I found it hard to keep track of all of the characters introduced in the story and what role they were playing.

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.
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This was a great book and full of fun. It took a little while to gel for me, but once it did I was hooked. At first it seemed to be very bitty - it skipped from one set of characters to the next without letting me get them sorted in my head. Once I had them all straight, and the threads started to come together, I realised just how well it was done.

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.
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I didn't read this quickly because the continual shifting from a short chapter about one character to the next short chapter about another worthless individual and then another, quite frankly was boring. I'm not sure why I persevered, but finally between 50% and the 60% point it suddenly began to pull me in. The last 40% of the book flew by. I really enjoyed that last 40%.
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Hutcheson has a droll sense of humor. With all the slap-stick and farce it could have gotten "cute." But it never did. His characters are interesting and well-drawn, but pay attention. There are plenty of players and plenty of plays in motion all the time. It's zany and a little silly but it's a good story and very well written. Lots of fun.
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A sardonic parody of spy adventures, that isn't predictable at all. There are so many twists and turns in this story that it is almost impossible to predict the author's next move, leading to the conclusion with with a Keystone Kops type scene. You will want to pay attention to the characters as they are introduced, because you never know when or where they will show up again, and what their role in this story actually will become.

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!
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