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Captains Outrageous [Paperback]

Joe R. Lansdale
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Jan. 1 2003 Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Novels
From the Edgar-winning author of "The Bottoms" comes a funny, violent, testosterone laden, and ultimately very satisfying new novel. The repartee between Hap and Leonard tramples all over any standard of political correctness, but it's full of wit and outrageously entertaining.

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Edgar-winner Lansdale's (The Bottoms) fifth Hap and Leonard mystery marvel is sure to keep you laughing amid the carnage. No good deed goes unpunished, especially when Hap Collins becomes a reluctant hero down in East Texas while working as a security guard for a chicken plant. After rescuing a local girl from a savage beating, Hap receives a big reward. Problem is while on the outs with his girlfriend, Brett he decides to use some of the reward money on a sea cruise shared with his best friend, Leonard Pine. After all, the closest Hap's family had ever come to a cruise "was a rowboat down the Sabine River with a fishing pole." So off to the Caribbean the fearless pair go, only to run smack dab into the usual heap of trouble. Not only does the food stink, but on their first tourist stop to check out some Mayan ruins, they miss the boat back to the ship. Stranded in Playa del Carmen, they run into muggers and, aided by a mysterious old fisherman and his troubled daughter, get caught in a sticky web of intrigue, violence and chicanery. As the body count mounts, they find no place is safe, not even East Texas. The two friends ultimately go back to Mexico to take care of some business they're not apt to soon forget. Lansdale's quick wit is in top form, and his raunchy, sometimes ridiculous and yet so lovable heroes continue to amuse. Take this one along on your next cruise.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Hap Collins is guarding chickens at a poultry plant when he saves the life of the plant owner's daughter. As a reward, the grateful father sends Hap on a luxury cruise for two to Mexico. Because Brett, the love of Hap's life, isn't speaking to him, Hap takes his best buddy, Leonard Pine, the genre's only gay, black, tough-guy sidekick. Left behind in Mexico when they miss a ferry, the friends are assaulted and Leonard is stabbed. An old Mexican fisherman nurses Leonard back to health while his daughter entertains Hap. Feeling indebted to their guardian angels, the pair attempts to help the fisherman out of a little trouble with a loan shark. When things go horribly wrong, Hap and Leonard embark on a deadly mission of revenge. Lansdale's latest isn't up to The Bottoms [BKL Je 1 & 15 00], his Edgar-winning stand-alone thriller, but it's typical Hap-and-Leonard fare, which means it's funny, violent, peppered with profanity, oozing testosterone, and ultimately very satisfying. The repartee between Hap and Leonard tramples all over any standard of political correctness, but it's full of wit and outrageously entertaining. Wes Lukowsky
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars HAP HAZARD May 5 2004
Format:Paperback
Poor Hap Collins and Leonard Pine...no matter what they do, they always come out involved in a messy, stinky situation. Once again, Joe Lansdale's "amateur" sleuths find themselves embroiled in murder and mayhem, and it all starts with a good deed. At his new job at the chicken factory, security guard Hap prevents the murder of a wealthy young woman by a crazed maniac. Her millionaire father shows his appreciation by giving Hap a check for a hundred thousand dollars. Leonard, now with his new love John, tells Hap they should go on a cruise..no real reason, just that they've never been on one before. Needless to say, this vacation turns into a nightmare when Leonard mouths off at the concierge and they find themselves stranded in a little fishing town. Enter a beautiful woman, her poor father, some wealthy tourists and we begin our tale of murder and deceit. Lansdale continues his gift for natural dialogue and unique, but believable, situations. We meet a crime lord and his seven foot bully, Hammerhead. It seems sometimes that Lansdale can be a little cruel in his treatment of some of his subordinate characters (Billy for example), and he tends to overdo the sexual innuendo and the sexual encounters. But it's a man's world, and Lansdale knows it. At least the lovely if foul mouthed Brett Sawyer is back, and by the end of the book, who knows..wedding bells?
A fine entry in this well executed series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As outrageous as the lobster with a cigar Dec 28 2003
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Captains Outrageous is the sixth book of Lansdale's Hap and Leonard novels. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, let me try to acquaint with the dynamic duo. Hap Collins is a straight white liberal who served time in prison for draft evasion during the Vietnam War. Ever since then, he has had trouble holding down steady jobs and relationships. But refreshingly, he doesn't blame society, the government, or his parents for the way his life turned out. He blames himself. Leonard Pine is a gay black Republican and a Vietnam veteran with a wisecrack for every occasion. He loves country music and burning down crack houses (not really caring if anyone is inside of one at the time). Wherever these two are, trouble isn't too far behind.
Captains Outrageous begins with Hap and Leonard both being employed at a chicken processing plant as security guards. After clocking out for the night, Hap rescues a young lady who is beaten brutally by a drug-crazed sicko. The lady's father is a very wealthy man who owns the plant that Hap and Leonard work at. Out of gratitude, the father gives Hap a month off and $100,000 to boot. Hap and Leonard, as suggested by Leonard's boyfriend John, go on a cruise. After suffering through a bad case of sea sickness, really bad food, and really really bad Kevin Costner movies; Hap and Leonard find themselves stranded in Mexico after an arrogant restaurant host deliberately tells them the wrong time to come back to the boat when it makes a brief stop at land. And this is where the story really starts.
I don't like giving away to much along the way, but I will say that Hap and Leonard run into some interesting situations and characters along the way. There's a 70 year old machete wielding fisherman who saves them from a trio of corrupt cops.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At It Again!! April 24 2003
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Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best buddies who get into more trouble in this book than you would ever think possible. They are working as security guards for a chicken-processing plant, when Hap saves the life of a young woman who turns out to be the plant owner's daughter. As a reward, Hap receives a check and a Caribbean cruise. Of course, he takes along his best East Texas buddy, Leonard. Now the action begins when Hap and Leonard are left stranded in a small port, get mugged, saved by an old-fisherman, and quickly become involved in a plot that includes murder and revenge. What's going to happen to Hap and Leonard? How are they possibly going to get out of this predicament?

In this book, as well as the other books in this series about Hap and Leonard, there is plenty of humor, and lots of action for these likable guys. This series just gets better and better with each new installment. A terrific book that's filled with lots of twists and unexpected turns that will entertain you. Here's looking forward to the next adventure of these crazy guys.

Joe Hanssen
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the "R." stand for... March 18 2002
Format:Hardcover
What does the "R." in Joe R. Lansdale stand for? I've been reading this phenomenal East Texas writer for almost fifteen years now, and I still don't know. I suppose I could click the mouse a few times and get right back to you with the real answer, the right answer. But where's the fun in that? Isn't it better to imagine than it is to know? Back when I was a kid, when only dead flies were on the web, you didn't have any choice but to imagine. So here goes...
After reading Joe R. Lansdale's sixth Hap 'n' Leonard novel, "Captains Outrageous," I'd guess the R. might stand for refreshingly-readable (sounds like something made by the Keebler elves). Then again, it could just as easily stand for rip-roarin'ly-raunchy or rhapsodically-R-rated. What I'm getting at is that reading a Joe R. Lansdale novel is like going river-rafting through the rapids or roller-skating on the roof. You're in for a wild ride whenever you pick up a Lansdale book, so you better make sure your seatbelt is good and fastened.
"Captains Outrageous" is maybe the wildest-plotted yet of the six novels comprising Lansdale's East Texas series starring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. Hap and Leonard are two well-meaning ne'er-do-wells living in the small East Texas town of LaBorde. Hap is white and straight, Leonard black and gay, but they're the fastest of friends-brothers without the burden of family. And yet, for some reason, whenever they get together, trouble is never far behind.
This time out, Hap seems to have some good luck shine on him for once. While leaving his job as a security guard at a chicken plant one night, the martial-arts-savvy Hap successfully interrupts a rape/murder-in-progress. The would-be victim's father is well-to-do and insists on Hap accepting a ... reward for his chivalry.
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