Tourist Season Book Summary and Study Guide

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Hiaasen's first novel is packed with absurdity and laughter for its readers. This conspiracy story is based in Florida around the destruction of the keys. Hiaasen tells of an eco-terrorist bent on wreaking havoc on the unsuspected tourists who have led to the elimination of much of the natural habitat. However, this is no ordinary conspiracy plot - when the head of the chambers of commerce is found hacked to pieces and with a rubber alligator stuffed down his throat, people take notice.
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When this and several other disappearances are linked together, the reporter Brian Keyes gets involved and sets to uncovering a plot to destroy the tourist industry. This journey of discovery is a dark one that leads to some interesting situations.
The comic absurdity within this book is well wrapped around the moral of the story and this is never let out of sight. Hiaasen has an agenda and conveys his message of environmental concern well. Though the twists in the plot keep you turning the pages, Hiaasen has a distinct ability to mix obscure events together with hilarious consequences. The setting is an odd one indeed, and the book drags in places as a result, but the final product is a well rounded first attempt and leaves you with some good insights
The review of this Book prepared by Mike Harmer

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   environmental NUTS General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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