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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: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469217611
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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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  • “One of the funniest, wildest, comic-caper adventures we have stumbled across in a long time.”

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  • “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.”

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  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 valpal | 12/24/2013

    " exploding donkeys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 12/21/2013

    " Really funny book with some great, original characters. Really good adventure story. Looking forward to reading more by Shaw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justinia | 11/23/2013

    " A hilarious misadventure that proves there is hope for the hopeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 11/18/2013

    " This was an excellent book. Fast paced and (at times) touching and hilarious. Just go read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Floyd | 9/19/2013

    " Crazy, unlikely, but oddly compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/19/2013

    " Really fun book, about three losers on a quest to find gold. Made me think of a grown up version of THE GOONIES. Also reminded me of Elmore Leonard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Schuler | 7/26/2013

    " Funny. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Beck | 6/19/2013

    " This is an excellent read. I haven't laughed so hard since I read Forrest Gump years ago. Shaw has a gift for quirky, funny characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackmeister | 6/12/2013

    " Awesome book, very amusing, it should be a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver Clarke | 5/25/2013

    " Big Maria is a thoroughly entertaining tail of 3 no hopers on an unlikely treasure hunt. It's laugh out loud funny, exciting and moving by turns and proves that characters don't have to be likeable to be engaging. I really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Southards | 5/11/2013

    " Easily one of my Top 5 all time favorite books. Haven't laughed so hard and so often while reading a book. Go Go Gophers!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris O'Brien | 3/23/2013

    " Entertaining, in a fun, fast food-ish way. Read like a screenplay for an action comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 1/4/2013

    " This book was a hell of a lot of fun. Fun, funny, touching at times. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Kendrick | 11/29/2012

    " The perfect amount of humor and an excellent story of redemption and humanity. The author is an excellent writer and produces some one-liners that had me laughing more while reading this book than any other I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/20/2012

    " Started off decent and kimda went downhill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 9/25/2012

    " This is the 2nd book of Johnny's that I have read. Loved both of them. Crazy charachters that will make you laugh. "

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