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When Pigs Fly by [Sanchez, Bob]
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About the Author

Bob Sanchez recently retired in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after working in New England as a senior technical writer, producing countless manuals and bulletins. Now he writes fiction and explores the desert with his wife. His published work includes short stories, book reviews, and magazine articles.

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  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0595407706
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bob Sanchez (December 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OQ0LDA
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By K. Duckett on January 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Imagine my surprise when a book about a retired cop showed up under my tree -- me a devout "cozy" reader. At first I was skeptical --"Oh no, not another hard boiled cop story", but it was fun and funny. I laughed out loud at Ace and Frosty, and even sort of fell for Mac, that not-so-hard boiled retired cop. And when the Pig flew...! Hope a sequel is in the works -- this is one cop I want to see again.
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Bob Sanchez has created a very humorous tale of mis-adventure, sparkling with unique and believeable characters. I didn't want to come to the end of the book but I was finished all too soon. It is packed with plot twists,humor and a picture of the great Southwest which beckoned me to go for a visit. I recommend this book highly. George Bibler
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...pigs can fly. And that's only the beginning! I believe that Diet Cola could kill a guy with one squeeze of the [...]-cheeks, that a fool named Zippy would think it an honor to tattoo his brain on his scalp (too bad that's the only place it appears within 20 feet of the guy's body), that an elderly couple named Carrick and Brodie could love each other more than even a hundred million dollars, and that Ace and Frosty are the dumbest crooks this side of Lowell, Massachusetts. I also believe I'd marry Mack Durgin if I wasn't already happily married and he wasn't in a (chaste) twosome with his dead wife and his maybe-someday girlfriend Calliope Vrattos.

Most of all, I believe that you will bust your ribs laughing and only ask for more. Sequel, please, and fast! (When Cows Jump Over the Moon, perhaps?)
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When Pigs Fly, by Bob Sanchez, is the most unorthodox book I've ever read. I'm not referring to the religious connotations of unorthodox, but to the fact that the book is totally unconventional. It's hysterically funny and at the same time truly disgusting.

The 'Mystery' hinges on a lottery ticket and ceramic urn filled with a dead man's ashes. The villain, Diet Cola, is every person's worst nightmare. A horrible slob, without conscience. The characters that cross his path are a bizarre and outlandish group. Ace and Frosty, two Abbott and Costello, criminals do have a conscience although it doesn't always get in the way of their petty crimes. Elvis Hornacre believes he is the real 'King' (Elvis Presley) and dresses accordingly. He literally lets it all hang out. Calliope Vrattos is a former barmaid with a purse full of common but deadly weapons. Carrick and Brodie Durgin are a geriatric couple going blithely through life, aiding and abetting even wounded criminals, while their son, Mack Durgin, retired cop, seems to be one of the more sane people occupying the pages of the book. Mack does, however, talk to his dead friend's ashes and has an unfortunate one-night-stand with someone he visualizes as Mae West. Her boyfriend, called Zippy, because he has a zipper tattooed over his brain, takes exception and - well - it all comes together in one rollicking, fascinating wedding adventure atop the Grand Canyon where Diet Cola shows up in nothing but a hospital gown. I'll leave you now to either read the book or try to make sense of this review. Before I go, I must mention the most important character; Poindexter the pig. Do pigs really fly? Sometimes. But only when decked-out in sequins.

So, if you aren't offended by smelly arm-pits, rapid rise testosterone, and other bodily functions, then I think you'll enjoy this raunchy, highly entertaining offering by Bob Sanchez. I promise you won't read another quite like it!
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Seems like a lot of people are saying "not my sort of read". Well, When Pigs Fly IS my sort of read. Any book that captures my interest and whisks me along on an ride, like this book did, is my kind of read! Laugh out loud funny in parts. Shocking and alarming in other parts. Keep-you-guessing action throughout. A touch of romance and sentiment. Even a brand of loyalty that might be unexpected. The characters were memorable. Perhaps the "villains" are painted with a rather broad brush, but it works. This is a story with the author's tongue firmly planted in his cheek. It's not a "textbook cop" story, or a crime novel. It's not a "mystery" or intended to be taken too seriously. It's just a fast paced and engaging, rather fanciful tale. You may come to care about some characters you might have thought, at first, repelled you. You will love the pig. This is a "page turner" that will sweep you along on an improbable, gritty, hysterically funny adventure that should keep anyone's interest...so long as one doesn't take oneself or the book too seriously!
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Summer time. Some years all those fantasies come true. Endless blue skies. Beach blanket with book. Not this year.

But I did find a fine summer read: WHEN PIGS FLY by Bob Sanchez.

Imagine John Kennedy Toole's CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES goes to the Southwest.

An amazing mix of ribald, raucous and raunchy characters -- including a javelina and one bad guy nicknamed Diet Cola -- pursue the American dream, while our hero, retired police officer Mack Durgin, complete with dotty and doting parents, tries to honor the ashes of a dear friend.

Mack's quest truly begins at The Snake in the Grass, a cheap bar, where Mack confronts his melancholy over his wife's death by drinking himself to oblivion and awakening with a missing wallet, a hammering headache, and a memory of a woman with unbelievable breasts.

If the plot were only funny and fantastical, that would be enough. But Sanchez, with his vivid description, brings an astonishing diverse cast of characters to life, each character endearing in his or her very unique way. It's also clear that Sanchez loves the desert. His skill in crafting description leads to sheer reading pleasure. One example as two shady types case a small bungalow: "Its gray shingles were all curled up and covered with pine needles, and its gray cupboard siding looked like somebody hit it with a hammer in eleventy-two places."

Sanchez gives us a story that entertains as we follow the whimsical adventures of characters who seemingly have nothing in common. As his engaging crew of characters gather at the overlook to the Grand Canyon after a cross-country romp, Sanchez redefines a comic misadventure with sympathy and authentic caring for the dreams we share about love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

WHEN PIGS FLY? Perfect summer reading!
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