Thursday, September 20, 2012

Green to Go

So last year I reviewed the first book in this series call Red Right Return so it's only natural I read the second one.

Green To Go - John H. Cunningham
Buck Reilly went to hell and back in Red Right Return. In Green to Go, it’s a one-way trip. Good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming in this thrilling new Buck Reilly adventure. The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offer Buck a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck's past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

No good deed goes unpunished, and Buck’s dogged by greed and double-crosses from Key West to the Bahamas and points south. His hunt for the missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning Buck over to the authorities or succumbing to his charm.

Buck’s a lot like the rest of us—trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage, flying a 1946 amphibious Grumman Widgeon, hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked. GREEN TO GO is the second book in the series.

If you read my first review you'll know I really liked the first book. I liked it a lot because again, it's a fast read full of action. 

And again, I wanted to dislike Buck but god help me, I can't. He's the kind of character that literally has nothing good going for him in his life and literally everything he does puts him in terrible situations. At the end of the first book I really wanted to know if he'd recover what his parents had left him and his brother and holy moly, Batman- what they left Buck is absolutely NOT what I thought they would. Talk about game changer. It actually made me feel worse for Buck because after his brother writes him off basically it's like he's left with nobody. 

And then of course life just can't stop kicking him in the ass because a rowdy night of drinking lands him in a drunk tank and coincidentally, the witness of a huge treasure heist and then mayhem and crazyness ensues. 

I so very much love John's writing with these books because he writes as if these characters are real, you can totally picture the settings and you feel like you are right there with a little Jimmy Buffett playing in the background. I also love how absolutely nothing goes right for Buck and how no matter what he does, he's bombarded with pretty much every bad guy you could encounter while out looking for your friend and some treasure. 

Excellent writing, excellent story, excellent characters. It's such a fun read that keeps you wondering how the hell Buck is going to fix the mess he's in. I give this one 5/5 stars. Good stuff.  


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Unknown said...

Looks like my boy JHC has a W I N N E R 4 sure in his Buck Reilly Adventures … Red Right Return was a fun read ‘n ssoooooooooo looking forward to reading John’s next color, Green 2 Go!

Unknown said...

Looks like my boy JHC has a W I N N E R 4 sure w/his Buck Reilly Adventures … Red Right Return was a fun read ‘n ssoooooooooo looking forward 2 reading John’s next color Green 2 Go!