BLOG TOUR: The Trail of the Chupacabra:An Avery Bartholomew Pendleton Misadventure by Stephen Randel

Trail of the Chupacabra: An Avery Bartholomew Pendleton MisadventureTitle: Trail of the Chuacabra: An Avery Pendleton Misadventure

Author: Stephen Randel

Genre: Dark Comedy

Purchase: Amazon

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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.

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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.”

“Really?”

“No, just trying to make you feel better. Is it working?”

“No,”

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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The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash and Cartels by Stephen Randel

The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels

Title: The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash and Cartels

Author: Stephen Randel

Genre: Comedy

Purchase: Amazon
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He is called El Barquero. He makes his trade along the border, smuggling guns and killing without remorse. As he faces his one last mission, his perfect plan is unwittingly foiled by Avery, 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.

What unfolds is a laugh out loud dark comedy of madcap adventure stretching from Austin to the West Texas border featuring a lunatic band of civilian border militia, a group of bingo-crazed elderly ladies (one packing a pistol nearly as long as her arm), a murderous and double-crossing cartel boss, a burned-out hippy, and a crotchety retired doctor and his pugnacious French bulldog. Read it to believe it.

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The Chupacabra doesn’t seem my cup of tea. At first I was really hesitant to read it. Before reading the book, I knew  what a chupacabra is– a mythical creature that are said to inhabit Mexico and kill people but when they do not drink the blood of human, they prey on goats instead. Upon hearing the title I immediately thought it was of the paranormal genre, and then I found out the genre of the book is humor. I told myself I will give it a try.

I’m glad I did try reading the book because I absolutely love it.

Avery is a firm believer of the existence of the chupacabra. And because of this he got mixed up in the business ofEl Barquero and the drug cartel operating near the Mexican border. He is an intellectual character yet at the same time he’s so bizarre and paranoid. Oh, and I find his obsession with Mountain Dew fascinating.

“My reality is so compellingly fascinating, I couldn’t ever

imagine needing to escape from it.”

The other characters like Polly, Kip, the STRACBOM and Ziggy are all very funny too. They add more color to the story.

If anybody would have seen my laguhing to myself as I was reading this book, they’d think I’m crazy! I am not the one who’s crazy, this book is! It’s an honest-to-goodness comedy book and needless to say, I love it.

“I thought humans were at the top of the food chain?”

“Try telling that to a shark chewing on your leg and see if

it lets go.”

At first I didn’t see the connection between all the characters. All of them just seem so random at that time but all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place as you read the book.

However, there was too much build up in the story at the beginning and too much unnecessary character background and it was a little slow-paced. It was a little later when a link to all the characters in the book was established.

But all in all, it’s a definite read if you’re looking for a good laugh and action-packed scenes at the same time.

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This review is part of the Trail of the Chupacabra Book Blog Tour. Check out my review of The Trail of the Chupacabra on June 25, 2013!
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