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The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels (The Chupacabra Trilogy  Book 1) by [Randel, Stephen]
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About the Author

Stephen Randel, CFA, was born in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University. Steve now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and their two rescue dogs.

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  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Knuckleball Press (August 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009068D40
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By Theresa Hughes on September 16, 2012
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I received The Chupacabra in exchange for my review. Let me just tell you that I hated ...that it ended so soon. Stephen Randel has given us a great mystery slash thriller full of intrigue, laughter, and lunacy. The characters are on this side of sane...barely.

This piece proves that his is a wonderful emerging talent for getting into the head of his characters, whether it's Max, the dog or El Barqueno, the sociopathic killer. The conversations are witty. The little old ladies are hilarious and the citizen militia is, well, an incompetent band of misfits. Plus Avery the stepson is in a word,*off-the-hook* comical in his madness. Ok, that was 3 words. Yes there's murder alright with lots of blood and guts. However, the gore almost feels secondary to the storyline. What a great way to spend my Saturday. Just like I like it. Can't wait for other works by this fresh talented author~!~.
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Power went out last night and I read half the story until three in the morning when my iPad ran out of juice. Finished the rest this morning as soon as power supply was replenished.

Great characters albeit hardly a sane one among them. The author somehow entwines a menacing assassin, five aging but hilarious Texas ladies (think older versions of Bridesmaids), a ruthless Mexican cartel leader, a band of nut job Texas border militia, a conspiracy-driven overweight computer nerd, a burnout hippy bookstore/head shop owner and the protagonist and his dad into a fast-paced yarn that perfectly blends elements of humor and suspense.

Randel's first novel is a winner - can't wait for the sophomore effort!
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What a wild ride!! If you like Coen Brothers films, you will enjoy this book. All of the characters are larger than life and hilarious. Stephen Randel jumps around a lot with a lot of different characters, so you have to stay on your toes to keep up. But believe me, it's worth it!

Most of the book is comedy. However, the dark aspect comes from El Barquero, who is a nasty piece of work. He is a serious sociopath who has no conscience at all. He kills for his convenience and it is a little bit disturbing. He has no redeeming qualities. He is a very bad man. El Barquero is looking to double cross one of the Mexican Cartels which is a very bad idea. Randel gives the reader a good feel on how bad it is in Mexico. The Mexican Cartels have taken over the drug trade from the Columbians and Randel gives you somewhat of a lesson how the takeover took place. It's pretty interesting.

Now we get to the crazy part of the book and that would be Avery, STRAC-BOM (Southwest Texas Revolutionary Armed Confederate Border Operations Militia), and Aunt Pearl. Avery is a different breed o' cat! His paranoia and schizophrenic tendencies keeps the reader very entertained. STRAC-BOM is a wacky group of militia wannabes led by General X-Ray. His militia is armed with old shotguns and slingshots in hopes of tracking down illegal aliens. Instead of finding illegal aliens, El Barquero finds them and all hell breaks loose. Now Aunt Pearl is a pistol-packin' little old lady that doesn't take crap from anyone. She is mad as hell all the time, especially if her Bingo Night is messed with. Her intervention is a riot to read!

There are so many different characters and plotlines in this book and I wasn't sure how Randel was going to bring it all together. In the end, he created a wonderful climax that brought all the craziness under one roof. All characters are hilarious (except for El Barquero) and unique. You will laugh your pants off at some of their escapades.
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The book was touted as hilarious, so I gave it a try. I cannot agree with the off the wall humor. I thumbed through the pages dealing with Avery's diatribe letters, the old girls crazy outbursts, and the boring so-called militia stuff. The highlight of the book were #1 Max, the dog, Bennett, Kip, and Jackie, but not necessarily in that order. The El Barquero portion was pretty much on the dark side. The ending was abrupt after all the "excitement" of the last few pages. Why 2 stars? For the effort......
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This was a fairly fun and breezy read that unfortunately doesn't have a real ending. It almost feels like the author had an assignment to write a story with a predefined length, and once he hit the assigned number, he just rolled the story up as fast as possible.

Also, some of the characters feel like they're included just to help reach that limit. I was looking forward to seeing how Pearl and the other ladies would fit in, but the story just ended.

It's not a terrible story, and I don't begrudge the time I spent reading it...I'm just a bit disappointed.
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Thomas Wolfe once said, "You Can't Go Home Again." Well, maybe he didn't SAY it, but he used it as the title of a book I haven't yet read.

It seems like good advice to me.

You can't go home again.

'Cos when you do, all sorts of weird s*** happens.

Meet Kip. He's headed home to Austin to spend time with his dad, who's been diagnosed with cancer, and may not have much time left on this planet.

Meet Aunt Polly and her gang of bingo-obsessed lady friends. They'll keep you laughing as they take Tai Chi lessons and attend a church that takes all the "fun out of fundamental."

Meet Avery. He's the conspiracy-theorist son of Kip's dad's second wife. His time is spent in his room, working on his "experiments" and writing letters to CEOs bemoaning the scarcity of Mountain Dew, AND to various Senators to let them know of their genealogical ties to Vladimir Lenin. His biggest dream is to prove the existence of the goat-sucking chupacabra.

Meet the members of the Southwest Texas Revolutionary Armed Confederate Border Operations Militia (STRAC-BOM for short). Their goal is to stem the flow of drugs and arms across the border from Mexico. They will remain eternally vigilant. (As long as it doesn't interfere with the Cowboy's games.)

Meet El Barquero. On second thought...don't. It's likely that if you ever meet El Barquero, you will only meet him once. He is known as "The Ferryman" because of a delivery service he provides for a Mexican drug cartel. That is also his nickname because he may be the last person you see before crossing into the next world.

All of these characters will collide in an adventure that is as zany and madcap as it can be considering the fact that there are bullets flying and bodies piling up. At least the assassins are polite enough to ask if you'd like your head removed before or AFTER your death.

Please, please, please let there be a sequel!
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