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Red Right Return (Buck Reilly Adventure #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  402 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Buck Reilly wants only three things out of life: A plane to fly, a treasure to find, and a beautiful woman to rescue. He’ll get his chance at all three in the first of John H. Cunningham’s thriller series, RED RIGHT RETURN. Set against the stunning scenery and freaky fabulousness of the Florida Keys, Cunningham joins the ranks of Carl Hiaasen, Randy Wayne White and Papa ...more
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published November 8th 2013 by Greene Street, LLC (first published July 1st 2011)
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Michael Reisig
Jan 26, 2012 Michael Reisig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a novelist by profession I generally have a touch of apprehension when I pick up a new writer’s work. Everybody’s a writer nowadays and first novels are often the work of more passion than talent. But Red Right Return was such a wonderful surprise!

The author has laid out a terrific Caribbean adventure and he does it with the aplomb of a seasoned novelist. The plot is complex and well thought out, the dialogue is excellent – flowing naturally, without effort, and the characters are vibrant.

Romancing the Book
Oct 30, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reviewed by JoAnne
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This turned out to be a fast moving action novel that started out very slowly and was hard to get into initially. Cunningham gave lots of background info while setting the stage in Key West and introducing all the bad guys (along with their nicknames) who were chasing after Buck. This was interspersed with some of Buck's life story of why he was in Key West in the first place. This bogged down the story line when trying to keep the plot and characters
Sara Strand
Super good book. It's a short read at only 280 pages that I basically zipped right through because I read a lot faster than I already do on my Nook. This book is also one you can't put down because for this being Cunningham's first novel, it is full of twists and turns that you would expect out of a thriller mystery. A few of the things I absolutely loved about the book- the setting. I'm a fan of Florida and I've always wanted to get to Key West. Buck. At times I wanted to be annoyed with Buck ...more
Tom Long
Jan 16, 2012 Tom Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to believe this was John H. Cunningham's first novel. The plot was complex. There was a lot of background research ranging from Santeria to Cuba to Hemingway, but it was sprinkled across the arc of the story. He avoided the long tedious background information passages one slogs through in authors like Clancy. The characters were adequately developed, but I'm hoping that they will be better developed in future works. The pace begins quite slowly as we settle into the protagonist's ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book been a long time since I read a good adventure book like this one. I'm going to get the next book.
May 18, 2013 Jacq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good guy or bad guy, Buck Reilly’s adventures read like a Hollywood blockbuster! Action and mystery from the beginning to end!
Chris Rush
Jul 15, 2012 Chris Rush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, easy read!!!!
Jul 16, 2013 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Jimmy Buffet sang “Son of a son of a sailor”, he could have been singing about this particular Buck Reilly Adventure.

The story

Buck Reilly knows that you can't get much further than rock bottom, as his experience as a treasure-hunting internet millionaire crashed him down into bankruptcy and despair. Determined to start a new and anonymous life far from the rumours and insinuations surrounding his slide into failure, the deaths of his parents, and the incarceration of his old business partne

Derek Dowell
Feb 16, 2012 Derek Dowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world woefully short on two-fisted, contemplative, slightly neurotic tropical knights, John H. Cunningham’s character of Buck Reilly flies his seaplane (of course) out of Red Right Return just in time to provide the kind of fictional fix we’ll always pay good money to read. With Travis McGee gone from the stage, except for treasured rereads, and Doc Ford dabbling in melodrama as time wears on, our office reviewers constantly scan the horizon for the next down and out, rough around the ...more
Buck Reilly is living in Key West after his company collapsed and he had to file for bankruptcy. Used to living a life of adventure, he is now running a small charter and salvage service and just trying to make ends meet.

Honestly, I felt that the beginning of the novel was a little choppy and rushed. It probably would have been nice to get to know Buck a little better before the adventure started. I just found it a little confusing to have Buck's personal life story interspersed with the comple
Feb 02, 2012 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Red Right Return: A Buck Reilly Adventure is a story about being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Buck Reilly who was once a Wall Street darling living a lavished life is now broke and working as a charter pilot. His trouble started when he delivers a mysterious woman, who happened to be the daughter of a missionary priest and someone he knows, to Fort Jefferson. To make things right to, Buck went to search for the woman and ended up with Santeria priests who are trying to hex and blackmail ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story about Buck Reilly. He's a pilot who searches for sunken treasure and occasionally does charter flights. He used to run a successful antiquities company, but now he's down on his luck and broke.

Buck Reilly was an interesting character. I wasn't too sure about him at first. He seemed like he was drifting along, and had lost his spirit. I have to admit though when things got hectic, he stepped up and got right into the thick of things. He didn't back down even when everything w
May 21, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what James Bond, Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones, Han Solo, or Travis McGee think about when they experience the insane madness of their lives? Jonathan Cunningham has made sure you do with his first person take on the genre of action/adventure/super talented man. His character Buck Reilly has the brains, suave one liners, good looks, and exciting adventures of those memorable characters but unlike them, the reader is given the story from Buck's end: the tension, exhilarating ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't received my copy yet, just received notice I had won. 1/03/12
Received my copy Saturday and hope to start soon. I have 3 others plus my current read in front. 01/16/12
Started last night, 2/5/12.
Finished friday 2/10/12

Buck Reilley's living in Key West Florida. He had a sea plane and charters flights, while he treasure hunts ship wrecks in his down time. One Charter gig has him delivering a woman to a boat headed to Cuba full of missionaries. Little does he know that this simple fare woul
May 21, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's fast-paced; I stayed up til 3am last night finishing it. It reminds me a bit of Where Is Joe Merchant?, but it's not quite as complex and centered a bit more in a recent time. Those aren't negatives at all; it's been a while since I read Merchant?, but I recall having a bit of trouble keeping up with all of it's intricate turns and details.

It's hard not to like Buck Reilly. Despite all his flaws, it's easy to identify with him. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has wished
Aug 16, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised by this Key West based adventure. Decided to give it a shot after Amazon suggestions, and from Parrotheads.

Buck Reilly is an interesting character, and I liked the way his past slowly comes out rather than hitting the reader over the head with it early on. Great characters through out the story, I did have a hard time on occasion keeping track of who was who. Author does a good job of describing Key West, modern day.

I think the main character's story line will set up nicely
Rob Riffe
Mar 24, 2013 Rob Riffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i won this in a good reads giveaway and really enjoyed it. It was filled with likeable characters that had me hooked within the first 2 chapters (something that will make me put a book down and never pick it up again if this doesn't occur). If you like smart-ass lead men and fun adventures, check it out!
Ben Cook
Jun 07, 2012 Ben Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. One of those books that you don't want to end, even as you read faster and faster because you are enjoying it so much. Probably suited to pilots, and those who love mystery mixed with aviation set to island time.
Jan 01, 2012 Cottero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, kindle
A fun mystery thriller with a complete set of unique and eclectic characters. John Cummingham did a great job on his first book....keep it up John. I am looking forward to the next chapter in the Buck Reilly series!
Mar 22, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Florida Keys/Cuba; mysteries; adventure stories.
Recommended to Richard by: Look at the cover and tell me you can turn that book down.
This is a delightful tale, especially for a first novel. Yes, there is a lot in it, and there are lots of characters, but if you don't keep lists, they eventually sort themselves out.

For a thorough review, see Tom Long or Michael Reisig below.

I am looking forward to more from Mr. Cunningham.
Feb 09, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great "beach" book, with lots of Indianna Jones style adventure. A non-stop romp based in Key West and around the Caribbean with all of the Margaritaville cliches, including cameo appearances by Jimmy Buffett. Easy to read under a hot sun while fuelled on cerveza's.
Aug 11, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book w lots of details about Key West. The book was full of adventure and a bit of romance. Can't wait to read the next book about Buck's new adventures.
Greg Stillwagon
Jan 01, 2016 Greg Stillwagon rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was ok.
Stephen Campbell
The author did a great job of character development - can't wait for the next in the series.
Jan 10, 2012 Cherie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads.
Jul 22, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tons of characters to keep straight but a great read
Dec 09, 2011 TC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thrillers
Buck Reilly is laying low, living out of a hotel in Key West. In a past life he was in charge of a successful antiquities company. However when it all came crashing down around him investors lost a lot of money and he found himself accused of fraud and murder. Now he runs Last Resort Charter and Salvage, hoping to find a treasure wreck that will help end his money worries. One particular charter trip lands him in the middle of escalating tensions between the USA and Cuba, possibly hexed by ...more
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Mark Polino
Aug 12, 2012 Mark Polino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
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Stanley McShane
The first in the Buck Reilly series, "Red Right Return," weighs in heavily on a number of characters, some of which are hard to keep track of. Buck has a wonderful old plane in a beautiful setting and enjoys an adventure or two but gets himself into trouble that quickly escalates into what may possibly be an international incident. I appreciated getting the flavor of the Keys and the people, however, Buck may be a bit over the top in flirting with flying the plane beyond the structural limits, ...more
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John H. Cunningham, outdoorsman, world traveler, and aviation enthusiast, is a commercial real estate professional and former editor. He splits his time between Virginia, New York and Key West with his wife and two daughters. His books include RED RIGHT RETURN, GREEN TO GO, CRYSTAL BLUE, SECOND CHANCE GOLD, and MAROON RISING.
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