"Where is Joe Merchant?" reads like a Jimmy Buffett song - whimsical, fun, sometimes hard hitting and often thought provoking. A true 'what if' story that can make you think about our interconnectedness with each other, the universe, and ourselves.
On the surface the story is quite simple, a carefree bloke (and our hero?), Frank Bama, desires a simple life and expects little from it. A former love of his life returns, making his life complicated, both physically and mentally - asking him to help find her famous rock star brother who is supposedly dead. But it's the collection of flavorful characters introduced throughout the book, each more interesting than the previous, that add spice. Then, as he stirs in their interconnectedness, the yarn goes from a fun adventure through the Caribbean to a story of intergalactic proportions.
While I can possibly see how some would say that Jimmy's writing style is simplistic, to me, in the end, this was what held the tale together. By it being simple, you did not have to over think, and therefore are more open to appreciate the whimsy, the spontaneous, the possibility - like Desdemona and the Generators.
Quick, easy read. You may be disappointed if you want a travelogue or serious tale, but otherwise it's classic Jimmy Buffett. Please pass the gumbo!
While not thought of as an author, I found this tale enjoyable. Fluffy, Fun, and if you want thought provoking, like most of his better songs.
Think it is one of his best books.
A very entertaining read!
Jimmy Buffett is a grand storyteller!
I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure
mystery, and romance, and not necesarily in that order. :-)
Once again, Jimmy Buffet proves that he is at least as masterful an author as he is a songwriter. In fact, true Parrotheads will be able to identify the lyrics to quite a few of his songs spun together in arguably his best piece of fiction.
A Jimmy Buffett entertaining read.
You have to be a Parrothead for this one!!!!!!!:)
Love it - the man can write a compelling novel just as well as he can write a wonderful song. And they both stick in your head - in a wonderful, friend-you-want-to-meet-again way!
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Five years ago, the rock star Joe Merchant committed suicide, yet he keeps popping back into the tabloid headlines like a piece of toast. Spotted everywhere from Cincinnati to Atlanta, the dead guitarist is now more famous than ever. Could he actually be alive? Where is Joe Merchant? For Frank Bama, the quest to find him is just one more excuse to flee Key West and change latitudes. For Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid-ointment heiress, it is an attempt to unravel the mystery of her brother's death. For Desdemona, Joe Merchant is another missing link in her communication with space aliens as she tries to build a rocket ship, and for yellow journalist Rudy Breno, Joe Merchant makes better headlines than Elvis. Once again, Jimmy Buffett cooks up a fictional gumbo of dreamers, wackos, modern-day pirates, and sharks - as Frank and Trevor embark on a wild chase through the Caribbean islands to Boomtown, an imaginary tropical oasis where anything can happen - and everything does. Welcome to paradise.
#1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of TALES FROM MARGARITAVILLE.
A wham bam powerful adventure. A tale so tall even Mark Twain couldn't see over it. This book is full of wacky characters, very eccentric, and amusing. You do not have to be a parrothead to enjoy reading another of Jimmy Buffet's accomplishments.
Kick back in your hammock or on your swing, read a little, and take a trip to Florida along with other exotic locales. You will really enjoy this one!
Pretty good read, from the King of Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett delivers a nice, relaxing read.
A wild Carribbean romp! Typical enjoyable Jimmy Buffet humour.
I love Jimmy Buffet and his music, but I think Jimmy was smoking some wacky tobaccy when he wrote this one. I can't believe that life in the Carribbean is really this wierd.
You may love it, but it was not my cup of tea. Genny
From the inside front:
WHERE IS JOE MERCHANT? That's what his sister Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid ointment heiress, wants to know. For South Seas psychic Desdemona, Merchant is the missing link needed to connect her with other worlds. And the mystery of the presumed dead but oft-sighted rock star's disappearance is pulling renegade sea plane pilot Frank Bama into the perilous path of psychos, wackos, pirates and dictators--on a wild ride from Key West to the Caribbean to a lush tropical paradise where anything can happen...and everything does.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Where is Joe Merchant? That's what his sister, Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid-ointment heiress, wants to know. For Desdemona, Merchant is the missing link in her ongoing communications with space aliens. Tabloid journalist Rudy Breno only cares that Merchant gets bigger headlines than Elvis. And for renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama, the mystery of the presumed-dead-but-often-sighted rock star is turning his life upside down.
In his debut novel, Jimmy Buffett cooks up an irresistible gumbo of dreamers, wackos, pirates, and sharks, as he leads Trevor and Frank on a wild chase through the Caribbean Islands to a place where anything can happen . . . and everything does.