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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Johnny Shaw Narrator: David de Vries Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Somewhere in Arizona’s Chocolate Mountains lie the Big Maria Mine and a wealth of gold lost for a hundred years. There’s only one problem: those mountains are now the home of the US Army Proving Ground, the world’s largest active artillery range. But for Harry, Ricky, and Frank, three down-at-the-heels guys with few dollars but plenty of dreams, the gold offers each of them a chance for a new life. Are scuba diving through an underwater ghost town; facing down a hungry mountain lion; doing the hesitation waltz across a minefield; matching wits with potheads, pit bulls, and bikers; and braving the might of Uncle Sam’s full arsenal worth it? With little more than a samurai sword, a severed head, and an impractical amount of optimism, these intrepid soldiers of (mis)fortune are about to find out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the funniest, wildest, comic-caper adventures we have stumbled across in a long time.”


  • “Shaw somehow manages to drag you into his mix of absurdity, mayhem, and pathos against all your better instincts. You really shouldn’t be liking this book so much, you tell yourself before peeling off another 50 pages to see what explodes next and whether our guys get home safely. Comic thrillerdom has a new star.”


  • A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vimal Phillip | 2/10/2014

    " A good story, flawlessly told with good humour. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by G8tes | 1/15/2014

    " Never laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. Big Maria is one hell of an adventure that is not only hilarious but also very touching. Loved it. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by AJ Henning | 1/9/2014

    " I read this while I was visiting Texas. Finished in maybe three sittings. Loved it. Such a dude's tale. The prose was quick and hilarious, not to mention the insane and surreal set pieces. When it comes to the Johnny Shaw Canon, I still find myself preferring "Dove Season", but this book was the perfect hold over until the next Jimmy Veeder Fiasco. Like the best kind of Mexican food, Big Maria goes down spicy and meaty but doesn't stick around for too long. I swear that's a complement!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brandon Nagel | 12/30/2013

    " Loved it. Some of my favorite characters of the year. Hilarious and touching at the same time. One of my favorites of 2012. "

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