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Captains Outrageous: A Hap and Leonard Novel (Hap and Leonard #6)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,002 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine find mucho trouble, this time in Mexico, when they come face to face with a nudist mobster, his seven-foot strong-arm, a octogenarian knife-touting fisherman, and, somehow, an armadillo.

When Hap Collins saves the life of his employer's daughter, he is rewarded with a Caribbean Cruise, and he convinces his best friend Leonard Pine to come along.
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ebook, 336 pages
Published November 24th 2010 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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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
Kemper
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, the guys will need lawyers, guns and money to get out of this fix.

Hap and Leonard have new careers as security guards at the local chicken processing plant. As Hap is leaving work one night, he witnesses a drug-crazed maniac brutally assaulting a young woman. Hap ends up in a terrifying fight as he tries to stop the guy. (The fight scene is Lansdale at hi
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Lee Thompson
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.
Jesse
Oct 23, 2013 Jesse rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Cristina
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
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.
Hans
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
Jürgen Zeller
"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
Maddy
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
Mark
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
Tony
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
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Randy
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
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Rick
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
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Chadwick Saxelid
A outdated review from my blog, written and published October 1, 2006. (There have been quite a few Hap and Leonard adventures following this book's original publication.)

Hap Collins isn't doing too hot. His home has been destroyed by a tornado, his lady love is giving him the cold shoulder, and he's working the dead end job of Security Guard at a local chicken plant. But all that changes when he stumbles across a horrible assault in the parking lot and manages to save a young woman's life.

Given
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Ubik 2.0
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
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Thee_ron_clark
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
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Judi
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
Marvin
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
Craig Childs
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
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Kevin Beck
Hap saves a young girl from a brutal attack and her dad (his boss) rewards him. Hap decides to take Leonard on a cruise vacation. In normal Hap and Leonard fashion the cruise is a fiasco and they wind up in a bad situation again. Extremely funny, laugh out loud dialog as usual from Joe Lansdale.
Mike
Four stars? Five stars? Who knows? It's a Joe Lansdale Hap & Leonard! It's violent, it's gory, it's profane, and it is as far as you can get from P.C. And, of course, it's as funny as Hell in parts. Lansdale is simply one of the best American writers out there...'nuff said!
Lynn
This wasn't as much fun as Hap and Leonard usually are. The story was mean-spirited and blood-thirsty, but what the heck, I still enjoyed it because I love these characters. Jim Bob Luke (private detective and hog farmer) was a major player for the first time and he was entertaining too.
David
Another cool Hap and Leonard story. Crazy stuff happens. Wild characters in Mexico. Lansdale shows the underbelly of society, and then gets you to laugh sometimes instead of despairing.
Joel Neff
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
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Sherry
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
Trevor
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.
Noah Soudrette
Like Rumble Tumble, the sixth entry in the Hap and Leonard series has its fair share of darkness. We lose a major supporting character in this one and his loss is felt strongly. Thankfully, the heaviness of the deaths in the book are lightened by the assembling of just about every reoccurring character the series has know. The fact that Lansdale uses this gathering to subvert the expectations the reader has for the finale is not only surprising, but very satisfying and gives the book that extra ...more
Margaret
Enjoyable read, a thriller with humour
Maria Grazia
Hap e Leonard sono stanchi e invecchiati, hanno bisogno di mettersi le pantofole, o forse Lansdale si è stancato di abbigliare a nuovo la trama costante di tutti i libri della serie, fatto sta che questo episodio non è particolarmente soddisfacente, soprattutto nella prima parte, che sta in piedi a fatica. La seconda parte fila decisamente meglio, ma solo perché il mestiere prende il sopravvento sulla stanchezza.
Nonostante ciò, Lansdale è sempre Lansdale, ed è meglio averlo letto piuttosto che n
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Luca Lesi
Harp & Leonard ! Sempre senza soldi, sempre in mezzo ai guai, sempre amici. Sesto libro della serie non si discosta molto dai precedenti, linguazzio scurrile, battute spiritose , intrighi senza senso ma con quella strana forma di giustizia e coerenza che si ritrova spesso negli eroi che restano ai margini, che si sacrificano senza alla fine guadagniarne nulla ed in fondo, nemmeno la pace con la prorpia coscenza. Lettura senza pretese, intermezzo tra un libro e l'altro, piacevole diversivo.
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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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