Skink — No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

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When Richard’s rebel cousin, Malley, runs off with a boyfriend she met online, he knows it’s up to him to save her. Once it’s clear that the police won’t move fast enough, Richard sets off through Florida swamplands in search of his runaway cousin. Along the way he meets Skink, a seemingly homeless, eccentric man who claims he is the ex-governor of Florida. With Skink’s help, Richard gets ever-closer to finding Malley, though her boyfriend-turned-kidnapper always seems one step ahead of the team. In a race against time, Richard and Skink must use every resource available to find Malley before her kidnapper disappears with her forever.

If you like funny books with a little bit of danger and adventure mixed in, give this one a shot. Skink alone is enough of a draw to make the book worth reading, and his hilarious, crazy antics will keep you entertained. Richard can be a bit of a whiner, but he also has some pretty funny scenes. Aside from that, there’s plenty of action and drama once Richard and Skink team up against Malley’s kidnapper. If you’re looking for a lighter read that still has some adventure, this one might be for you. Give it a read!

Rating: 3.5/5

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