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Captains Outrageous (Hap and Leonard #6)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,433 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the bad old boys from Mucho Mojo and Bad Chili return for another rough and ready adventure south of the border.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 20th 2001 by Mysterious Press (first published 2001)
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Hap and Leonard go south of the border, and there hasn’t been a trip to Mexico end this badly since The Wild Bunch. As Warren Zevon once sang, they'll need lawyers, guns, and money to get out of this fix.

The guys have new careers as security guards at the local chicken processing plant. As Hap is leaving work one night he breaks up an attack on a young woman by a drug crazed maniac. (The fight scene is Lansdale at his best. I didn’t know whether to laugh or scream as I read it.) Usually good dee
Dan Schwent
When Hap comes into some money, he and Leonard go on a vacation and wind up stranded in Mexico. True to form, they end up helping a fisherman and his daughter with a problem they're having...

This is my third read of Captains Outrageous but the first time in over a decade so it was like a completely new book.

Captains Outrageous sees Hap and Leonard going up against a Mexican loanshark and his goons. It also brings the crew back together with Jim Bob Luke, Marvin Hanson, Charlie Blank, and Veil. U
Bark's Book Nonsense
I’ve been listening to these Hap and Leonard books on audio and it’s been quite the experience. If you’ve never listened to the audio versions I recommend buying or borrowing copies. Narrator Phil Gigante does a terrific job of bringing these guys to life in all of their over the top glory and has a friendly, humorous, comforting southern drenched voice that I could listen to all the live long day. Captains Outrageous is book #6 in the series. I recommend reading them in order because this book ...more
Richard Vialet
*3.5 Stars*
Hap and Leonard have been in some pretty bad situations over the years but nothing can prepare them for the open seas. After Hap gets a sizeable reward for saving a teenage girl from a tweaked out murderer, he decides to go on a cruise ship vacation with Leonard. But rather than the restful trip they had planned, they end up on the cruise from hell and find themselves balls-deep in trouble as usual, when their ship leaves them stranded in a Mexican beachtown.

One weird thing that stoo
Michael Fierce

A lot of suspense, a shi†-load of fun, a slew of horribly good one-liners, unending thrills, enough action for even the most impatient of readers, beatings galore, tons of shi†-talk and a worthy addition to the series.

Just a butt-hair short of being as outstanding as the 5 previous books in the series though no one and I mean no one writes like Lansdale or as good as Lansdale.

This one's got Hap & Leonard heading to Mexico on vacation after Hap receives a large sum of money from circumstance
Oct 23, 2013 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime fiction and awesomeness!
Recommended to Jesse by: Noah Soudrette
Holy crap! I bought this book on Sunday night and finished it in about 3 days. This I think is quite possibly my favorite Hap and Leonard novel to date. It has EVERYTHING, romance, rescuing of young ladies from drug crazed psychopaths, a cruise to Mexico, women of loose morals, machetes, giant prison rats, even vengeance. This series is about two great guys from East Texas who are tough as nails and attract trouble like a magnet attracts iron shavings. This one is no exception. We see the death ...more
Lee Thompson
Nov 07, 2013 Lee Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this was really, really slow for me, but the second half roared. I love Hap and Leonard. Lansdale is a hell of a writer.
Nov 24, 2009 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After six books, Hap and Leonard are starting to wear a little thin. This doesn't mean I didn't like Captain Outrageous. I am still enthralled with the East Texan odd couple and Lansdale's visceral style continues to make me laugh and horrify me at the same time. But this time it reads a bit formulaic. I think the main problem is that Lansdale himself may be tiring a bit with this series. After this book, he took a eight years hiatus from the series only to return to write a last one (Vanilla Ri ...more
May 22, 2016 Nomadman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Captain Outrageous is fifth in the hilarious and off-beat Hap and Leonard series by Joe R Lansdale. If you’ve caught the recent TV series you’ll know the set-up: Hap is a working class white man living in East Texas; Leonard is his gay, psychotic, African American best friend. Together they wind up raising merry hell, righting wrongs, taking names, and kicking ass all kinds of ass.

To a degree all of the Hap and Leonard stories can be seen as part of one long picaresque novel. Events are referen
Jul 29, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I finished Rumble Tumble, Lansdale's fifth entry into the Hap & Leonard series, earlier this year as part of my Unfinished Series project. Given that the books weren't really part of a series as the rest of the books (they really just feature recurring characters, and aren't books that comprise a single story), I didn't see the need to track down the rest of the books in that series to finish them out. I figured I would get to them as I had the time, but then I was at the library picking up ...more
Con questo libro ho terminato il mio weekend lansdaliano. Dopo le correzioni sentivo il bisogno di una lettura rilassante, gioiosa, un po' trash, piena di scazzottate e lieti fine. Mi c'è voluto un po' a capire che era di Hap e Leo che avevo bisogno, ma quando ci sono arrivata e mi sono sparata in rapida successione "una stagione selvaggia" e "capitani oltraggiosi" mi sono sentita rianimata. A volte si legge per scombussolare l'anima, altre per sciogliere quei nodi di tensione che l'hanno resa i ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Hans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i try to keep my reviews short and not spoil anything. that said it is hard to discuss this one without ruining some of the wonderful surprises. briefly Hap and Leonard go on a vacation, when something happens then something worse happens, they are stranded in mexico, where some even more terrible things happen, and some people die horribly, perhaps the goriest book in the series, with a satisfying conclusion. we are in B Traven territory here folks, and Lansdale even references THE TREASURE OF ...more
Domenico Cinalli
Arrivati al sesto volume delle loro storie, anche Hap&Leonard cominciano ad accusare un po' di stanchezza: il soggetto non è dei più scoppiettanti, la sceneggiatura si regge col mestiere ma pare a volte dover spingere un po' troppo il pedale (sul becero) per tenere su tutta la baracca. La lettura è sempre di quelle piacevoli, ma la serializzazione riscuote pegno.
Aug 15, 2013 elie88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy, and dark book. I really enjoyed it. These guys really have a talent for trouble. The fight passages are nicely written too. I also like the fact that they talk a lot about various subjects, like religion, relationships, sex...
Dec 30, 2014 Trevor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In love this author and the Hap and Leonard series but this one was the weakest one so far. Even if they've jumped the shark I will continue reading about their adventures.
Jul 31, 2008 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A Hap and Leonard book, but not one of my favorites in the series. Still it's pretty good.
Jürgen Zeller
Feb 22, 2015 Jürgen Zeller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Machos und Macheten" ist ein sehr amüsantes Portrait über zwei Männer die auf den ersten Blick sehr unterschiedlich sind aber sich bei genauerem hinsehen so perfekt ergänzen wie die sprichwörtliche Faust aufs Auge. Im Mittelpunkt des Romans stehen zwei Anti-Helden die sich nicht im geringsten um gesellschaftliche Konventionen kümmern sondern ihr Leben so Leben wie es gerade auf der Fussmatte vor der heimischen Haustür steht, klingelt und um Einlass bittet. Sie haben weder Ziele noch Pläne sonde ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003-reads
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine aren't the kind of guys who ever have good luck. They've been best friends and sidekicks for a long time, and they are usually involved in some sort of situation that isn't going to end well. As the book opens, Hap and Leonard have a job guarding a poultry processing plant. You wouldn't think that would be fraught with danger, but Hap hears screaming in the nearby woods and interrupts a maniac who is brutally assaulting a young woman. For once, there is a positive ou ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Tony rated it liked it
CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS. (2001). Joe R. Lansdale. ***.
This catches me up with the Hap and Leonard series of thrillers from this author. I wasn’t paying attention, and Lansdale slipped a couple of his novels by me. Again, this episode features the antics and adventures of our fearless duo, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. As the story opens, we find our two heros working as security guards at a chicken processing plant. It’s the end of the shift, and they are leaving for the day. Hap had to hang back t
The sixth book in the "Hap and Leonard" series is the first one where I felt the darkness overcame the mirth and silliness. While bad things happened in the prior entry, RUMBLE TUMBLE, there was a good deal of comic mayhem to balance out the mood. There's much less hilarity in CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS, and the bad things are really bad, and not for the squeamish. (Lansdale's detailed descriptions of the rough treatment of several of the female characters even gave me pause--I won't use the word "miso ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it
Hap is leaving his job as security guard at the chicken processing plant when he hears a weak call for help. He ends up rescuing a young girl being raped and savagely beaten by a drugged out freak. The young woman happens to be the daughter of the owner of the plant and he's so grateful, he pushes $100,000 on Hap and insists he use it for a vacation.

Reluctant at first, he finally agrees and Leonard and he take a cruise. When they run into a snooty waiter on the ship, Leonard is his usual charmi
Sep 15, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be Hapless and Leonard, just a fun read.
Ubik 2.0
Apr 30, 2013 Ubik 2.0 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-book
Hap & Leo #6

Sesto episodio della serie, Capitani Oltraggiosi ha i pregi (tanti) e i difetti (pochi) degli episodi precedenti: i famosi dialoghi cazzeggianti in salsa Tarantino, la spregiudicatezza verbale e i comportamenti “uncorrect” e sopra le righe, le pause dell’azione alternate a scoppi di violenza talmente eccessiva e oltre i limiti da richiamare un certo tipo di splatter comics.

Qui, a dire il vero, dopo un’inizio promettente e originale che porta i protagonisti a un’improbabile crocie
Apr 03, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a book begins with a security guard at a chicken processing plant rescuing his employer's daughter from a near fatal beating, takes you to the world's worst cruise ship and ends up dealing with the Mexican mafia, you can be sure of only one thing: Must be another installment in Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series.
Hap Collins is rewarded for saving the young girl's life, and he and his best friend Leonard (foolishly)decide to take a cruise. Hap & Leonard aren't exactly the type to enjo
Feb 25, 2010 Thee_ron_clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, comedy
At a glance, I saw that others who have read this book are growing tired of Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books. This is only the second one that I read and it was enough to have me get online the night I finished it and order several more Lansdale novels. Of course, The Bottoms novel and The Master's of Horror episode; Incident On and Off a Mountain Road were big influences in this decision as well.

Hap and Leonard are a couple rough and tumble guys with unique personalities who seem to find troubl
Sarah Jamison
Sep 05, 2016 Sarah Jamison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
A shorter than average entry in the Hap and Leonard series, Captains Outrageous is the most straightforward story yet. Also, the funniest. Hap comes into some money (as you d0) and Leonard's boyfriend John convinces them to take a cruise. They, of course, book a sucky cruise and then get into it with a purser who effectively strands them in Playa del Carmen mexico. Which I kind of loved, because now Hap and I have something in common-- we've both puked over the side of a boat on the Riviera Maya ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2001
Both Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are working as guards at a local poultry plant. By chance, after Leonard drops him off at his car, Hap hears a weak voice say help me and then "a whimper, as if a puppy were dying under an automobile tire." When he turns on his truck lights, he's horrified. A man is stomping on a young girl beyond the chain link fence that surrounds the parking lot. Hap has a gun, but isn't willing to pull it out "I'd done that thing already and was wearing scars from that, fill ...more
Craig Childs
Jul 25, 2011 Craig Childs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th novel in the Hap and Leonard series (There are also two short story collections, Veil's Visit and Hyenas, both published in limited release, although Hyenas is also available on Kindle for $3.99)

This entry took a while to get going. It didn't really start to click until about mid-way through. There was the usual comedic back-and-forth between Leonard, the gay black Republican, and ex-hippie Hap Collins. There's plenty of fighting, and killings, and gore. As usual, fate is not kin
Joel Neff
Aug 14, 2012 Joel Neff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This adventure of Hap and Leonard sees the duo settling down, at least in some respects. They're both holding steady jobs, steady relationships, and doing their level best to avoid trouble. But we all know how that's going to go.

This particular adventure is a little broader in scope than some of the previous outings, pulling in most of the supporting cast from previous novels and taking the action down to Mexico, not once, but twice. And with the expanded range of the story comes higher prices a
Aug 01, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Featuring Hap & Leonard on another wild adventure, this time in Mexico. I love the dialogue, the characters, everything. These books are so much fun to read. I give a shit about these guys, I want them to be alright. They make me laugh, and when something happens to one of their friends, I want them to kick ass and take no prisoners. Which is pretty much what they always do. Highly recommend anything by Lansdale. If you see his name on the book, pick it up and read it! You will not be disapp ...more
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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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Other Books in the Series

Hap and Leonard (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Savage Season (Hap and Leonard, #1)
  • Mucho Mojo (Hap and Leonard, #2)
  • The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap and Leonard, #3)
  • Bad Chili (Hap and Leonard, #4)
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