by John J. Jacobson
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Pub Date 02 Aug 2022 | Archive Date Not set
“[A] laid-back, well-paced caper novel...This skillful farce is a perfect beach read for Surf Dawgs and fans of P.G. Wodehouse alike.”
SoCal surfer Dolphin Smoote just wanted to earn quick dough for a date with the brown-eyed beauty … what he got was G-men (and G-women), ghosts, and a Colt 45.
John Jacobson’s California Fever is the compelling fusion of mystery, crime, and Southern California beach charm. Top surfer Dolphin Smoote gets more than he bargains for when he works up the nerve to ask out the brown-eyed beauty on a date. The search of quick coin without having to work will always lead a surfer to precarious places, and Dolphin is no exception. With the help of his lovable surfer crew who often have more to say about stylishness than anything else, Dolphin finds himself between conmen, ghosts, an impending storm from the coast of Mexico … and still no money for a second date. Along the ride, Dolphin finds in himself capacity for storytelling that would make P. G. Wodehouse himself chortle with laughter.
From the author of All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone comes this thrilling tale where a crime-novel writer becomes caught up in crimes, and an aspiring writer tries to outrun the crime in her bloodline—what could go wrong? Jacobson immerses the reader in the world of California’s casual-radical surf culture, where radical stunts executed with the most casual air is a practiced form of art. In this world, rival surf clans goad each other on, upping the ante on stunts until mayhem looms. It looks like the storm brewing off the coast of Southern California just might disturb the tranquility of the beach.
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“Channeling the idiosyncratically whimsical voice of Tom Robbins and marrying it with the SoCal surf scene, John J. Jacobson ‘s California Fever is a perfectly formed overhead Rincon barrel groomed by an offshore zephyr. Alternately funny, wacky, and mordantly satiric, Jacobson’s charming follow-up to his critically acclaimed All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone goofy-foots its way into a mischievously madcap plot headlined by a guileless main character—thigh-deep in a miasmic subculture of sun-worshipping surfer clapperheads—hell-bent on personal salvation and the love of a woman, but unwittingly vectored for self-destruction. Evoking fond memories of the inscrutably plotted The Big Lebowski, I devoured this coruscating gem in one night in a veritable blur of pages. Move aside, Kem Nunn. Or, as the surfing world’s GOAT Kelly Slater might holler, ‘Cowabunga!’”
-Rex Pickett, author of Sideways and The Archivist
“A humorous, light mashup of surfer culture, mystery and quirky characters.”
-Rick Bleiweiss, author of Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives
Praise for John J. Jacobson's debut novel, All The Cowboys Ain't Gone
“How to read All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone: get comfortable, take a deep breath, open to page one, and let ’er rip. You’re off at a gallop on a grand adventure with the resourceful Lincoln Smith, who could give Allan Quatermain and Indiana Jones a run for their money. Smashing!”
-James R. Benn, author of The Red Horse and other Billy Boyle mysteries
“Epic adventure meets western cool. All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone swaggers its way from page to page with thrilling action, likable characters, and a galloped pacing. Jacobson has a master’s sense of storytelling, and he writes like he’s having a hell of a lot of fun doing it.”
-James Wade, author of All Things Left Wild
“[A] rollicking debut…This is a ride worth taking.”
“Treasure, torture, crocodiles, snakes, dueling with curtain rods, and escaping bad guys via balloon are some of the rollicking adventures awaiting the reader who doesn’t mind suspending their disbelief at some of the characters’ exploits. As a wish-fulfillment adventure, it’s a fun ride.”
-Historical Novels Review
“Jacobson’s novel is the most quixotic cowboy story you’re likely to ever read. And just like that storied tale, this one is funny, adventurous and most of all, timely…Lincoln Smith is the hero today for all of those who, if not long for, certainly wax nostalgic about a time before the iPhone, the internet, and social media were ubiquitous.”
“This is a book that surprised and enchanted me from the first page! Not only does it have an intriguing and brilliant cover, this book has all of the things I love: cowboys, spying, rollicking adventures, a grandiose imagination, and action by the gallon!”
“The kind of story we used to watch at the Saturday Morning Movies, one we hate to see end, and one we’d like to have return again and again in a series of sequels just as funny, exciting, and satisfying.”
-New York Journal of Books
“Original, unique, adroitly crafted, and an inherently fascinating read featuring truly memorable characters, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone deftly showcases the impressive literary storytelling talents of author John J. Jacobson.”
-Midwest Book Review
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Average rating from 5 members
I received this ARC via Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing, in return for an honest review. Dolphin Smoote epitomizes Southern California Surfer Cool – at least until he meets the woman of his dreams. However, she’s more impressed by his eccentric and highly successful author aunt. Events conspire and suddenly, Dolphin’s life is about a lot more than riding the waves with his buddies! There’s mystery, very quirky characters, and a very SoCal feel, so you can visit without leaving your house!
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