High Desert Barbecue: A Tale of Suspense, Pyromania and Sexual Tension
Conspiracy, arson and ineptitude threaten the desert West, and only a misanthropic hermit, a subversive schoolteacher and an unemployed business writer stand in the way. Living as a squatter on public land, Rollo has long waged a personal war against the Forest Service, so it’s little surprise when rangers burn him out of his latest shack. But when Rollo is subsequently blamed for a disastrous wildfire, he seeks help from his close friend, Scott, an anarchically minded outdoors enthusiast, and Scott’s girlfriend Lani, who dislikes Rollo but shares his distaste for authority. While investigating a suspicious new forest fire, the trio interrupts a bizarre but vicious gang of environmental terrorists. Chased through the canyon country of northern Arizona, Rollo, Scott and Lani must rely on their wits and skills to survive. Just steps behind, their pursuers compensate for incompetence and sexual eccentricity with fanaticism and official connections. Hanging in the balance is the fate of human habitation throughout the West -- or maybe just peace and quiet in downtown Flagstaff.
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"[A] rowdy, rollicking adventure in the best tradition of Edward Abbey (think The Monkey Wrench Gang but … well, turned on its head)."
-- Claire Wolfe, author of Hardyville Tales, in Backwoods Home Magazine
"I think the best word to describe the book is ‘fun’. The peculiar characters and the humor they create fit perfectly with the lean style and fast story. It is equal parts prose that Kurt Vonnegut would approve of, eccentricity like you might find in a Coen brothers dark comedy, and libertarian morals embracing the permissive side."
-- Matthew Alexander, author of Withur We, in Prometheus Unbound
"High Desert Barbecue is a great read. Filled with likable characters, tons of humor, and a nice sprinkling of libertarianism throughout, its breezy style makes it an easy story to pick up and get into."
-- J.P. Medved in Ars Gratia Libertatis
"[B]reezy tone and brisk pacing carry the reader along a novel that combines action and satire the whole way through."
-- Scott Stein, author of Mean Martin Manning, in When Falls the Coliseum
"[A] consistently funny and entertaining novel."
-- Sean Gabb, author of The Churchill Memorandum and (as Richard Blake) the Aelric historical-novel series.
"I found the way his protagonists dealt with their dilemma quite easy to follow, and the story delightful."
-- Joel Simon, author of Walt's Gulch and Songs of Bad Men and Good.
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