- File Size: 2954 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Paper Golem LLC (March 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C1MZDJ8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Buffalito Contingency (The Adventures of the Amazing Conroy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Then I read one of the stories. And I was blown away by how good it was.
This novel continues the Adventures of the Amazing Conroy, which started in the anthology Buffalito Buffet and continued in Buffalito Destiny. If you haven't read those books already, I highly recommend doing so before you start this one. There is also a freely-available Nebula-nominated novella "The Trial of the Century", which bridges the events of Buffalito Destiny with those in Buffalito Contingency. Go find it and read it. I'll wait.
Having gone from rags-to-riches-back-to-rags, Conroy takes his hypnotism entertainment show back out on the intergalactic road. But his life can never be that simple: aliens from several different races all want to use him for their own mysterious purposes.
Another human who is as intensely interested as he is in alien cultures appears with a proposition: she's been tasked to take him to meet an alien with deity-like powers - except that it turns out this alien was one who nearly killed Conroy many years before, indirectly triggering the start of his career as a hypnotist. Then another quirky, fast-talking alien persuades Conroy to take him on as a manager/agent - but he may just be a ticket into big trouble. And an avaricious ship captain from yet another alien race blackmails him into serving as a reluctant smuggler in a highly-dangerous scheme.
Once again, Conroy must rely on his psychological powers of suggestion and persuasion to get him out of all these messes, with the help of his buffalito companion Reggie - while still managing to sample many delicious selections of the universe's unique alien cuisine.
The author does a spectacular job of blending richly-developed alien cultures with psychological insights, in a funny, adventurous romp through the stars.
The book is written with an nice pace that didn't leave me wishing he would get on with the story and I never felt that any of the new characters were introduced just for the sake of writing. They all had a purpose to the story and by the end of the book I felt invested in them. I am hoping to see where Schoen takes this now that we have a purpose for Conroy and what may be a thread that can be woven throughout the series.
My one regret? I didn't feel like Reggie was given as much time as he has in the past. He really felt like a side prop for some of the scenes and never really another character in this story.
There are far too many unlikable minor characters. I got tired of the self-appointed agent, and his speech defect, after about a chapter. The whole point of an Amazing Conroy story is that it is fun reading, and this book was consistently just not fun.