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Captains Outrageous (Hap and Leonard #6)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,646 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Hapless chicken-plant guard Hap Collins gets into trouble when he takes his best friend Leonard on a Caribbean cruise. The two find themselves abandoned in Mexico, saved from armed attackers by a geriatric fisherman and his lovely daughter, who's currently having to fend off a Mexican mobster who is also a practising nudist... Trying for once to stay out of other people's ...more
Published April 3rd 2003 by Phoenix (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
*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 20, 2013 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 01, 2013 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.
Scott Firestone
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a just-okay entry in the continuing misadventures of Hap & Leonard. Hap saves a chicken-plant mogul's daughter from getting killed, and as a reward he and Leonard are set up on a Mexican vacation. Of course things go wrong, and the vacation turns bloody. Really bloody. Lots of dismembered and tortured bodies.

There are almost no quirky characters here, and it's not until they're missing in a Hap & Leonard novel that you realize how integral they are to your enjoyment of the serie
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Edward III
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome Hap & Leonard tale. Already looking forward to my next ride with the boys, Vanilla Ride.
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it

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
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing
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 13, 2013 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 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
A Hap and Leonard book, but not one of my favorites in the series. Still it's pretty good.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the last one, even with the slow start.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Hap and Leonard when I first started this series but now that I am in my 6th book in, I've started to like it less and less. Mostly Hap, he just annoys me now.

For example he goes on about loving Brett but really doesn't bat and eye or have much remorse when another woman is willing to offer sex to him.

I was really saddened about Charlie but I'm glad Jim Bob was in this story.

I didn't like the plot so much in this one. I was hoping for more mystery solving but I swear I felt lik
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great entry in the H&L series. Lots of moments of excitement, wonder, a couple of sad moments in there, but again, Hap and Leonard are truly characters that I have come to love and cherish in literature. They're brothers like I've never seen in like, their banter is exceptional, and I will continue to read their stories because, honestly, they're so fun to read and go on adventures with. Two thumbs up!
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Compared to other things I've read lately, this one was light in almost every detail. Hap and Leonard are working security at the chicken plant when Hap interrupts the rape/murder of a local student. Consequently he receives a large sum of money as a reward, and by turns Hap and Leonard end up on a cruise to Mexico. They're booted from the cruise in a backwater town near Cancun, and it's there that the story really picks up, or something.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captains Outrageous seemed like two or three H & P stories meshed into one and, for some reason, I thought that it worked well. The usual buddies vs. the world vibe kind of took a back seat so that Hap could ponder deeper issues (mortality, marriage, and...the Mexican mafia!). Lots of fun and chaos.
Alessandro Pontorno
Un buon libro, in cui trama e svolgimento si attestano nuovamente sui livelli cui le storie di Hap & Leonard ci hanno abituati. Alcune battute sono veramente esilaranti, tuttavia il finale -pur caricato a dovere di tensione- si risolve in fretta e senza pathos. Peccato.
Deb Noack
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this will be my last visit with Hap and Leonard. The violence is just too gory and too omnipresent.
Spencer Abbott
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like a 3.75ish, give or take. The start was a little sophomoric, heavily laden with dick jokes and the like (not uncommon for a Hap/Leonard novel, mind you, but here it felt a little forced and pointless). That said, once our heros heed the call to adventure, well, the adventure begins. It's fast moving, pulpy, and an easy read. I must say that the set-up had me anticipating a much different ending, but the one Mr. Lansdale serves up, while different from the one I'd imagined, was ...more
Jürgen Zeller
Feb 14, 2015 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
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
May 28, 2013 added it
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
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Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-e ...more
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-Se vuoi sapere quant'è difficile, prova ad immaginare cosa vuol dire essere omosessuale. John ed io non possiamo nemmeno tenerci la mano, senza che la gente vada fuori di testa. Tu puoi tenere la mano di una donna per strada e, nessuno lo trova strano. Ci provo io con John e, la gente si ferma e ci fissa.
-Però ti ho visto farlo, in pubblico.
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