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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
"Searching for Jimmy Buffett" by Frank Mosco is a hilarious political satire novel. Frances Camilla Freewater was always a straight “A” student and all was well in her world till she made a trip to Africa. This is where her adventure begins and she is now known as Sister Moonbeam-Goom-jigi. Now a spaced out flower child in Florida, she has a crush on Jimmy Buffett. After a one night stand she has a baby boy and names him James William Buffett Jr., nicknamed Bean. When a water spout destroys their beach shanty she tries to tell her son to go find Jimmy and to live by his father’s take on life, but all he understood is to go find his father... Now Bean is off on a search and getting involved with many different people as his unbeknown uncle sends him off to the Keys so he can snatch away whatever Bean's mother has left him. Bean is meeting surfer dudes, an illegal Cuban girl being chased by ages of Fidel, vagrants, drug runners, and more. Along with his one eared dog named Fruitcake, the adventure is on.
I found this book to be quite hilarious, in a dark humor sort of way. The more I read the more the book reminded me of watching a Cheech and Chong movie. The story moves at a very fast pace, so really for a large book it can be quickly read. There are some crazy zany characters throughout but I think my favorite of was Chi Chi the Cuban exile who wants to be a famous movie star and the Catholic Priest hit man. There is plenty of action throughout the book as Bean and his band of cohorts make the trail from St Augustine to the Key West in search of Jimmy Buffett. The more I read the harder I found it to put the book down. I had to find out what jam they were going to get into next. The book does contain graphic language throughout and a lot of surfer and hippy dialog but, putting the language aside, I found the book quite enjoyable.