Title: Trail of the Chuacabra: An Avery Pendleton Misadventure
Author: Stephen Randel
Genre: Dark Comedy
Avery Bartholomew Pendleton is back, and he’s just as crazy as ever. Avery is a paranoid loner obsessed with global conspiracy theories who spends most of his time crafting absurd and threatening letters to anyone who offends him. That means pretty much everyone.
Still convinced of the existence of the mythical Mexican chupacabra*, Avery enlists the assistance of the Southwest Texas Revolutionary Armed Confederate Border Operations Militia (STRAC-BOM) and their manic leader, General X-Ray, to help him invade Mexico. Accompanied by Ziggy, a burned-out hippy, and an uncommonly large iguana named Nancy, the group follows the advice of a New Orleans voodoo priestess and heads straight into the Mexican desert.
Unfortunately for the motley gang of explorers, Mexico can be a dangerous place if you cross the wrong people — specifically, the Padre, a vicious drug cartel boss, and El Barquero, a murderous gunrunner who has crossed Avery’s path before.
What unfolds is a laugh-out-loud dark comedy of insane humor, unforgettable characters, and chilling thrills.
*No chupacabras were injured in the writing of this book.
I really liked The Chupacabra so I expected this book to be as good as the first one and it’s about the misadventure of Avery and his gang so it’s bound to be hilarious, right? Imagine my delight when it exceeded my expectation.
Avery Pendleton believes in the existence of the chupacabra, a mythical creature who’s said to inhabit Mexico and they do like to eat humans. But since they can’t always eat human flesh, sometimes they make do with goats, hence the name Chupacabra which means goat sucker. There is no concrete proof of the existence of the chupacabra yet so Avery is determined to find one. Accompanied by Ziggy, his hippy friend and a band of civilian militia, together they set out for Mexico. Trouble and hilarity ensues when they found out they meddled with a cartel war and Avery had an old score to settle with El Barquero, whom he also encountered in the first book.
“Please tell me you aren’t really going.”
“Okay, I’m not going.”
“No, just trying to make you feel better. Is it working?”
My favorite characters are Avery and Private Zulu mainly because they are the complete opposite of each other.
Avery is a self-proclaimed genius who thinks everyone is out to get him sooner or later. He vents out his frustrations through writing threatening letters to anyone who offends him. I can’t stress enough how paranoid he is. He booby-traps his room when he’s away and he periodically performs a bug swipe in their house, afraid that he’s under surveillance of the Feds or CIA.
“Follow me closely, and try to act inconspicuous. Don’t
make eye contact with any hotel staff. If harassed by an
employee, take hostages.”
Private Zulu is the complete opposite. He’s rather a slow-thinker, needs to be told first what to do and is very obedient to his superiors. He has a special talent though. He can hot wire any kind of vehicle and this special talent of his proves to come in handy in this book.
Can you drive one of those things?”
“I guess so. Can’t be that hard, although, come to think of
it, that’s what I said about algebra, and that bitch ’bout done
killed me. How come they always want you to find X? That
sucker is long gone by now.”
One thing in common, though is that they both believe in the existence of the chupacabra.
When I was reading it I was laughing all by myself in my room, if anyone saw me, they’d probably think I am crazy.
If you are looking for a tear-jerker then this book is not for you, but if you want tears welling up your eyes in laughter then this is definitely the book for you.
And the question we all are asking, did Avery really proved the existence of the chupacabra? Well, that’s for you to find out!
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