Green to Go, A Buck Reilly Adventure


A few months ago I was contacted by a PR rep and asked if I would want to review the new John H. Cunningham book Green to Go. Now I am no literary expert or English major but I do enjoy a good book so I figured I give it a shot; and I am glad I did.

About the book, what they had to say

This is Cunningham’s newest book in one in his Buck Reilly series. This was not the cliché roller coaster ride but more a whirlwind of non-stop action. Typically it takes me a while to get through a book because I tend to have a short Attention span and read pretty sporadically. But once I got into this one it took me very few days to read. This was really one of those rare books that had me constantly wondering what was going to happen next; and about the time I sit it down I just had to come back for another few chapters. I read most of this on the beach with a bottle of rum; but I think sitting in Key West at the Wharf would be the ideal location for this caper.

In GREEN TO GO, Good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming…The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offers Buck Reilly a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck’s past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

No good deed goes unpunished, and Buck’s dogged by greed and double-crosses from Key West to the Bahamas and points south. His hunt for the missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning Buck over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm.

If you love John D. MacDonald, Clive Cussler, Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen, Buck’s faults, quirks, humanity and heroics will appeal to you. Cunningham’s clever, thrill-seeking mysteries will leave you guessing.

My take

I am an avid reader of the authors the Publisher mentioned above so I had a high bar set for this novel. I also tend to have a rather short attention span so I tend to read books in short spurts on the beach, on a plane, or as I unwind at the end of the day. This book did not disappoint! It’s not too often that I find a book where I can’t seem to put it down and when I do I am wondering about what will happen next; but that was the case with Green to Go! I read through this novel fairly quick and instantly found myself wanting to get the previous 2 books for the whole background.

Buck Reilly would fit right in on an island caper with the likes of Travis McGee or Dirk Pitt. From the opening pages of this book it’s a domino effect of events that takes the reader on non-stop adventure. From trying to save his own skin to trying to save that of a good friend, all the while being manipulated by an FBI agent who has him on a short leash. Buck seems to face each challenge with nothing more than a role of the dice. So if you want to be taken on an adventure through paradise and have another hero to follow, I highly suggest getting a copy of this book. But I guarantee you will be looking for the preceding novels as well so if you can get a good deal on all 3, you might as well go for it. My copies are on the way and Buck will join Travis and Dirk as some of my top beach reads. Enjoy.


About the author, John H. Cunningham

John H. Cunningham has a background as eclectic as Buck himself. With over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, he has also served as the editor of The Pro Review, a magazine for professional photographers. John lives in Virginia with his wife, two daughters, two Portuguese Water Dogs, a Havanese, a cat, his 22-year-old African Grey parrot and a few horses scattered around the countryside. He spends much of time traveling. His choices for the places and plots that populate the Buck Reilly series include many of the things he loves: Key West, Cuba, the Bahamas, Caribbean settings, along with amphibious aircraft, color characters, and stories that concern themselves with the same tensions and issues that affect all of our lives.

For more information visit: www.jhcunningham.com . Or you can follw him on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jh_cunningham or Facebook: www.fb.me/johnhcunningham


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