In this opportunistic treasure-hunt type caper the continued optimism and overall hilarity of the plight to locate long hidden gold within the
is refreshing to read – even the violence is laugh out loud funny. Author Johnny Shaw is a master of witty dialogue and punchy punch-lines, I couldn’t contain the odd smirk here and there while reading Harry’s twisted logic or Frank’s grandson’s general marijuana clouded conversation. Chocolate Mountains
Harry, Ricky, and Frank face a myriad of obstacles along their journey with each new encounter further defining the characters themselves as well as providing high entertainment value. BIG MARIA is a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously and that message is well conveyed throughout the course of the novel. The slapstick trio and crazy plot will have the reader in stitches while still managing to portray a more robust and deeper message in the growth of the group and warm heartedness of the unexpected.
I can’t begin to praise the talents of Johnny Shaw enough. Much like DOVE SEASON (though quite a different novel), BIG MARIA will capture your hearts and minds – a must read. 5 stars.