I first heard about this book through Scalzi’s Big Idea feature on his blog. I was captivated by Buckell‘s premise, a spy novel set in the Caribbean with a protagonist who actually lived and grew up there instead of simply going there to vacation, infiltrate, or establish a villainous lair. It pays special attention to what it’s like to have your home relegated to the status of a playground for the wealthy, and how a pan-Caribbean federation might look in the near future. Hurricane Fever is a fast paced delight that delivers on its premise and offers the best Bond movie I’ve read in years. It’s a violent and active spy-thriller, and one in which the main character is more often mistaken for a member of the waitstaff than a tourist. I found it both engaging and refreshing, and now I want to read Buckell’s other work.
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