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


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Knuckleball Press

Publish Date: August 19, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon

Synopsis: 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.


Review: What starts out as seemingly separate stories coalesce and collide into one laugh out loud roller-coaster ride! I was in stitches reading ‘The Chupacabra’! From oddball Avery’s letters to various corporations (which I had to read out loud to my other half because they were so funny) to the sinister El Barquero’s activities under the cartel’s noses, there wasn’t a point in this book where I was bored. You absolutely do have to read this book to believe it – the description alone doesn’t give it justice. The author has created such quirky and believable characters, along with some crazy situations they find themselves in. I loved all the characters – Avery, Kip, the gun-toting old ladies, the crazy cartel boss, etc…and you can’t forget Max the dog! ‘The Chupacabra’ is an enjoyable trip past the way-out zone. I hope the author has many more tales like this one up his sleeve. This story definitely gets an A+ in my book!



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