29 September 2006
Book Banter -- Bahamarama
Author: Bob Morris
Length: 298 pages
Plot Basics: Former football player Zack Chasteen gets let out of federal prison and all he wants is to be reunited with his special lady friend Barbara Pickering, a magazine editor, currently doing a shoot in the Bahamas. Zack goes to join her there. But when he gets to the Bahamas, Zack can't find her and instead, finds trouble.
Banter Points: The setting was definitely fun. A couple of the characters -- Zack's sidekick, Boggy, and the Bahamanian boy, Nixon, were really great.
Bummer Points: Chasteen is supposed to be an ex-football player, but Word Nerd didn't see much of how that impacted him now. She's glad the book didn't devolve into a litany of sports metaphors, but still, with that background, Word Nerd was expecting to see that past a little more.
Word Nerd recommendation: There should perhaps be a new category of books -- can we call it man-lit? This book is like chick-lit, minus the Manolo Blahniks and Prada, but has that same sort of sometimes-cynical, sometimes-comic tone. Book two is on Word Nerd's list of things to read eventually.