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Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.

Topics: Island, Adventurous, Funny, Pilots, Sex, Plane Crashes, Transgender, Romantic, and 20th Century

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061804755
List price: $9.99
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Protagonist: pilot and screw-up, Tucker CaseSetting: present-day, a small island in MicronesiaTucker Case has a cushy job piloting cosmetics magnate Mary Jean Dobbins around, but he's not content until he's screwed that up and has nowhere to go but down. Down happens to be a small island in Micronesia that's home to 300 or so natives who belong to a "cargo cult"--they worship the memory of a WWII bomber pilot who once visited their island in his plane, the Sky Priestess, and brought them the wonders of American consumables. Unfortunately Case learns that his new bosses aren't quite what they say they are, and he's got to find his way off the island pronto.This is the third book by Moore that I've read, and although I do find several funny passages in this one (my favorite character was Roberto the fruit bat), I'm beginning to believe that Moore just isn't for me. He's great with wisecracks, but his dependence on sidekick stereotypes and Swiss cheese plots just don't do much for me. Oh well, at least I gave him three tries before I gave up!read more
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The story of Tucker Case, washed up pilot with a weakness for drinking and women, the Sky Priestess, the Sorcerer, and Vincent, a dead American bomber pilot. The front half of the book was slow to the point of tedious, but once the story took hold it became a page turner. Written with the typical Moore wit, this is a good vacation book or book for true Moore fans. If you can only read one Moore book, don't make it this one.read more
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Fantastic as usual. Christopher Moore successfully weaves a yarn with surprise twists and lovable characters.read more
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Protagonist: pilot and screw-up, Tucker CaseSetting: present-day, a small island in MicronesiaTucker Case has a cushy job piloting cosmetics magnate Mary Jean Dobbins around, but he's not content until he's screwed that up and has nowhere to go but down. Down happens to be a small island in Micronesia that's home to 300 or so natives who belong to a "cargo cult"--they worship the memory of a WWII bomber pilot who once visited their island in his plane, the Sky Priestess, and brought them the wonders of American consumables. Unfortunately Case learns that his new bosses aren't quite what they say they are, and he's got to find his way off the island pronto.This is the third book by Moore that I've read, and although I do find several funny passages in this one (my favorite character was Roberto the fruit bat), I'm beginning to believe that Moore just isn't for me. He's great with wisecracks, but his dependence on sidekick stereotypes and Swiss cheese plots just don't do much for me. Oh well, at least I gave him three tries before I gave up!
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The story of Tucker Case, washed up pilot with a weakness for drinking and women, the Sky Priestess, the Sorcerer, and Vincent, a dead American bomber pilot. The front half of the book was slow to the point of tedious, but once the story took hold it became a page turner. Written with the typical Moore wit, this is a good vacation book or book for true Moore fans. If you can only read one Moore book, don't make it this one.
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Fantastic as usual. Christopher Moore successfully weaves a yarn with surprise twists and lovable characters.
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Another one of my favorites. It isn't in the Pine Cove series, but introduces a character, the Talking Fruit Bat, who does move to Pine Cove, so reading this gives you background on him.A disgraced pilot ends up flying supply runs for the Methodist Missionary Doctors on an island in the South Pacific. The natives are controlled and fooled into worshiping the wife as the Sky Priestess. There are strange medical things going on, and the missionaries have way too much money. Very funny, as well as thrilling, with pointed commentary about religion and the destruction of native culture in the name of god and civilization.
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Typical Moore, a good quick read, that makes you laugh out loud, and not notice the social commentary. Lamb is still his best book ever, but it is always good to laugh out loud while you are reading.
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Tucker Case is a pilot working for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Company, flying the little pink corporate jet and ferrying Miss Mary Jean from one sales rally to another. Tuck doesn't have nearly the "way with the ladies" as he'd like to have, so when he gets approached by the pretty lady in the airport bar who wants to join the Mile High Club RIGHT NOW, he doesn't refuse, even though he's tossed back a few gin and tonics already. After the resulting crash (which they both survived -- barely), Mary Jean decides that firing him isn't quite enough, so she sets her goons on him. Tuck has lost his pilot's license and is under Mary Jean's thumb, so he takes the only job offer left to him. He'll be working for a Methodist Missionary doctor on the Micronesian island of Alaulu, flying a brand new Lear Jet for "supply runs" and making $10 grand a month. The doctor's wife is a crazy blonde former nurse who controls the native population of the island by appearing as the Sky Priestess, who they all worship. Something is fishy about the whole operation but Tucker is just grateful for the job. At first. When it slowly dawns on him how a Methodist missionary can afford a Lear jet, Tuck calls upon a friendly ghost, a couple of natives and a talking fruit bat to save the day.This book was hilarious, like all the Christopher Moore books have been. This thing should be made into a movie because it was full of visuals that need to be up on the big screen. The characters in this book are imaginative, the plot just zips along, and the writing is good. This one gets a high 5.
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