A Borderline Crazy Tale Of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels
by Stephen Randel
Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Knuckleball Press (August 19, 2012)
He is called El Barquero. He makes his trade along the border, smuggling guns and killing without remorse. Faced with 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 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.
In The Chupacabra, we are introduced to a conspiracy theory obsessed guy named Avery that gets involved with a civilian border militia while searching for the legendary chupacabra. Meanwhile, the militia group has found themselves tangled up with a dangerous Mexican cartel through a ruthless bounty hunter, El Barquero. He works for the cartel, and does some shady dealings on the side. Two other fun characters are Avery’s stepfather, a feisty retired doctor, and Avery’s aunt, a member of a wild Bingo group of seniors.
The Chupacabra can without doubt be turned into a hilarious adventure film. I can envision Zach Galifianakis as the ultimate Avery, and Danny Trejo portrays El Barquero. This novel is jam packed with action, and well-developed characters. It was fascinating to see the story unravel and how each character interacts in each other’s lives. It’s funny, surprising, and nonstop. I applaud Randel for smoothly intertwining the plots and characters together.
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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