Review and Blog Tour–The Chupacabra by Stephen Randel

The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels
By Stephen Randel
233 pages
Publisher: Knuckleball Press
August 19, 2012
Genre: Dark Comedy
Summary: 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.  Author Bio: 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.

 Review:  4%2520star I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  This was one of those books that I just had to read and I’m glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a crazy ride with some of the quirkiest characters I’ve ever met. It was well written and kept me interested in the story the entire time, even when I wasn’t sure how a particular scene was relevant. The glimpses of the characters and the events surrounding them come together as the story progresses and adds to the chain of events. It was ridiculous and hilarious and absolutely superb. Each group of characters was detailed extremely well. Instead of describing the civilian border militia as incompetent, the author shows us various scenes that have a Catch-22 feeling and display the incompetence well. The author does a very good job of showing instead of telling in just about every scene. Each group of characters cross paths in some way and have an effect on the plot and chain of events.  I loved that this book wasn’t just about El Barquero and his adventures. The reader gets a glimpse of all the characters, major and minor, that will eventually have an impact on El Barquero along the way. This book is a bunch of different stories that make up a bigger story and I enjoyed every minute of it. It wasn’t predictable to me at all.  This is the author’s debut novel and I cannot wait to see more of his work. The Chupacabra was well written and completely enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it to others.  host button