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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (88 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Olen Butler Narrator: Ray Chase Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thrillers Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781611749588
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During the 1914 Mexican civil war, swashbuckling American war correspondent Christopher Cobb falls in love with Luisa, a young Mexican laundress who is not as innocent as she seems. Cobb employs a pickpocket to help him figure out why important German off Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This high-spirited adventure by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler is an antic concoction of genre clichés, literary sendups, personal homages, fanciful history and passages of great writing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s an exciting story, much of it based on fact, and Butler has a good time with it. His writing is both crisp and thoughtful, his people ring true, and he offers an amusing portrait of a golden age in journalism…The Hot Country is a thinking person’s thriller, the kind of exotic adventure that, in better days, would have been filmed by Sam Peckinpah.”

    Washington Post

  • “Butler takes an often-overlooked chapter of history and turns it into a whip-smart tale of intrigue and espionage.”


  • “Enjoyable novel that should attract devotees of espionage and historical fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “A fine stylist, Butler renders the time and place in perfect detail.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ray Chase’s characterization of journalist Christopher Marlowe Cobb sublimely captures his transition from war correspondent…to undercover operative.”


  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 1/13/2014

    " Butler brings his brilliance and a likeable protagonist to Pancho Villa's Mexico. A fun read from start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mysterious Bookshop | 1/1/2014

    " From Pulitzer Prize winner Butler comes this exceptionally well-executed novel about a newspaper man caught up in revolutionary Mexico. Christopher Marlowe Cobb ('Kit') is a Chicago journalist living in the tumultuous time right before the First World War plunged all into total chaos and anarchy. Employing a young pickpocket to be his eyes and ears in Vera Cruz, Kit watches with the professional, removed nature of a journalist as the United States invades... then finds himself drawn into much larger affairs while investigating German activity in the area. Oftentimes in historical fiction , character (and even plot) can get lost while the author writes about "just how quaint everything was back then"; not so in The Hot Country, where setting is real without being overbearing. Furthermore, Kit is a thoroughly believable and fallible character whose wants, desires, and history serve as a major driving factor in the narrative. As Butler himself says, "If Ernest Hemingway and Indiana Jones had a bastard son, he would be Christopher Marlowe Cobb." Pancho Villa, Woodrow Wilson, and the fate of the world resting on the shoulders of one American journalist. Read this book. --Alex "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 11/30/2013

    " Pretty interesting story circa 1914. Pancho Villa, Americans, Germans in Mexico. Well written. Just not riveting. Creepy Oedipal Mother-Son relationship with main character. Eh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefan | 11/24/2013

    " Probably 1 1/2 stars rather than two stars. Has some good moments, but really is a fairly standard example of genre fiction...almost like a all-boys story. A kind of American James Bond. Fairly derivative with occasional original touches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 10/7/2013

    " Mistery and espionage during the Mixican revolution of 1914. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry Peace | 6/25/2013

    " Tiresome. Journalist who wants to write stream-of-consciousness novels bludgeons the reader with ubiquitous acting analogies. Thought good actors are supposed to be subtle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/20/2013

    " Adventure story written by a Pulitzer winner -- quite a combination, but it works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 3/9/2013

    " The book was good, but not great. I did not like the run on sentences in the action segments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 1/27/2013

    " I love me some Robert Olen Butler and after a slow start, I was hooked on Christopher "Kit" Marlowe Cobb and am already looking forward to his next adventure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William | 10/26/2012

    " This book started out OK, but got bad quickly. Very wordy and full of non relevant patriotic crap. The action was mostly familiar cliches. I skip read but it did not improve. Somehow I finished it but I don't know why. Too bad because the Mexican revolution and Pacha Villa is an interesting subject. "

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