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Tijuana Donkey Showdown

4.65  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Reggie Levine, ex-boxer turned bouncer, and hapless hero, has barely recovered from his ordeal in Damn Dirty Apes, when he is called back to action. Recruited to a retrieve a Chinese crested terrier from a fleapit roadside zoo, where the ugly effing showdog has been mistaken for the chupacabra, Reggie finds himself embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy involving neo-Na ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 9th 2016 by Comet Press
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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If you’ve read any of Adam Howe’s previous works, you should recognize that this one starts off pretty much right where you’d expect a Howe story to start . . . . .

If you haven’t . . . . .

Reggie Levine, ex-prize fighter and former Skunk Ape hunter is trying to move on after barely surviving his 15 minutes fame. Reggie just wants to live a simple life – find a good woman, buy a house, raise a kid or two - but when a local used-car sa
Oct 17, 2016 Melki rated it really liked it
"Well shit, Reggie. You show up late for work on a jackass, with a rat-looking dog in a sack, looking the way you do - more than usual, I mean . . ." He propped his elbow on the bar and leaned towards me. "I wanna hear it."

Oh, believe me - you wanna hear it, too!

Adam Howe's books are usually pretty crazy-freakin'-nutso, but they are always, ALWAYS interesting. In this tale, we have the nearly over-the-top story of Enrique, the most celebrated adult entertainment animal of his generation. Howe is
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Another Reggie Levine disaster adventure. The guy continuously has the craziest shit (pun intended) happen to him over and over - and it's hilarious. This time around, poor Reggie gets roped into helping a sleazy car salesman:

Retrieve his wife's prized Chinese crested terrier:

From a Gas & Zoo, where it's become part of a chupacabra exhibit. (Because it does kind of look like one.)

And then of course, craziness happens. Everywhere. All the time. Nonstop craziness and hilarity.

What makes this e
Janie C.
Dec 12, 2016 Janie C. rated it it was amazing
Oh, Adam Howe! You made me laugh! I'm talking genuine, hand-slapping, out-loudhahas (asopposed to heehaws). Thank you for this book! And here is my disclosure, folks- I received an ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Want to "make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement," i.e., laugh? My advice is to grab a copy of this book and dig in. This is a story on steroids. It is chock-full of testo ...more
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
I never know what to expect when I go into an Adam Howe book.

Sometimes I giggle, sometimes I gag - he is a man of many talents. Just like this guy.....

Mountain View

Turns out this was glorious! It was made for me. It has two of my favorites things in the whole wide world, Nicolas Cage and a dinosaur mention.

Mountain View

In addition to my favourite things, it also has a former adult performing donkey with a giant peen like a fire hose.

*I'll just let that sink in for a minute.*

Mountain View

How Adam manages to come up with the ridicul
Oct 19, 2016 Karl rated it it was amazing
Adam Howe has released on the world a new book just in time for a Christmas present to acquire or give to your friends who are trailer trash loving, hard drinking or just lovers of side splitting humor, titled “Tijuana Donkey Showdown” . For those unfamiliar with Mr. Howe’s earlier work, they consist of the collection “Black Cat Mojo” which included the novella’s “Of Badgers & Porn Dwarfs”, “Jesus in a Dog’s Ass”, “Frank, The Snake, & The Snake” Plus the short story “The Mad Butcher of ...more
Adam Howe
Oct 11, 2016 Adam Howe rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'll be keeping my eye on this writer ;)
Dec 10, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since Nicolas Cage played him in a movie about his escapades with the Bigelow Skunk Ape, Reggie Levine is something of a hero around The Henhouse.

When Reggie runs across Harry, a used car salesman, in serious sh*t dunking trouble, he immediately sharts into action and saves him from further harm and humiliation. His heroics, however, set in motion a series of whacky antics in true Adam Howe fashion.

There’s a ninja wannabe serial killer, a boot humping Chupacabra, a grapefruit gauze mankini
Dec 02, 2016 Char rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

This is one of the funniest books I've read in my entire life.

Reggie Levine is the likable bouncer at The Henhouse and just wants to disappear into the men's room with his magazine and do his business. Unfortunately, he's unable to do that. Local used car guru Harry is busy getting his head dunked in the only toilet bowl available and it's making a damn mess. So begins Tijuana Donkey Showdown.

Off the top of my head this story features: an extremely well endowed drug mule, (and when I
Oct 21, 2016 Andi rated it it was amazing
Adam Howe is an author I can't get enough of. I first discovered him with the lure of of a "free review copy" and have been hooked since. If Jeff Strand and a seedy motel room had a lovechild, that would be Adam. :) Tijuana Donkey Showdown is the long-awaited sequel to Adam Howe's story Damn Dirty Apes, from his stellar novella collection Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet. We wanted more Reggie and we were not disappointed.

Reggie Levine, our hot mess of a local hero, once again finds himself in deep cr
Nev Murray
Nov 07, 2016 Nev Murray rated it it was amazing
"You will go through every emotion known to man when you read his books. And every single one of them will be used to its maximum."

See here for the full review:

Tijuana Donkey Showdown

Joseph Hirsch
Oct 14, 2016 Joseph Hirsch rated it it was amazing
This is my second foray into Howe’s world (after Die Dog), and it has done everything to confirm my belief that Adam is one of the most talented (and funniest) writers active today. I do nothing with my time but read and write and I don’t know the man personally, so when I say he’s probably my biggest literary find among the crop of serious, active writers of literary pulp (along with Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Adlerberg), you can take that to the bank.
“As to Tijuana Donkey Showdown itself, the bo
Nov 02, 2016 Kaisersoze rated it really liked it
Back in July when I reviewed Adam Howe’s collection of novellas entitled Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, I went on record as saying the middle novella, Damn Dirty Apes, was my least favourite of the three within the collection. That same record, however, will reflect that I awarded the collection an overall 4.5 stars, meaning it will feature highly on my much-read and highly coveted (insert self-depreciating and sarcastic snigger here) Top 10 Reads of the Year list.

Which is my long winded way of say
The Grim Reader (
I thought that I had my top novels of 2016 list all done and dusted until a review copy of the new Adam Howe book found its way onto my Kindle. I am already a fan having seriously enjoyed ‘Gator Bait’ and his novella collection ‘Die Dog and Eat The Hatchet’, but with ‘Tijuana Donkey Showdown’, Howe has blown everything else he has written right out of the water with an Uzi 9mm.

The excellent artwork simply doesn’t prepare you for what you are getting yourself into. Howe’s book is hands down the f
Oct 23, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Tijuana Donkey Showdown is the second book that features Reggie Levine. He also appears in Damn Dirty Apes which is one of three novellas that feature in Die Dog or Eat the Hatchett. I wouldn’t say it is essential to have read Damn Dirty Apes first, but I think it will give the reader a better idea of Reggie and what happens in the first book and how it fits into the second novel.

If you haven’t read anything by this author before then open your mind to a very warped ride. His books certainly won
Dec 09, 2016 thebonebreaker rated it it was amazing
Is this book's plot summary not enough?
What more can I say? Just go, right now, and buy this book!

If you compile a list of "best books of the year", then you still have time to read this one, because I can guarantee that it will be included on said list.

Are you still looking for a Christmas gift for the avid reader in your life? Look no further!

You do not have to read 'Damn Dirty Apes' first (a prior adventure starring the character, Reggie Levine, found in Howe's collection 'Die Dog or Eat the
The Shayne-Train
Oct 26, 2016 The Shayne-Train rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-the-author
So this Adam Howe guy.....what can I say about him?

He can WRITE. And his joy in such writing is not only obvious, it's infecting. Like some literary bubonic plague, it spreads to you, and leaves you eagerly afflicted.

This is the sequel to his "Damn Dirty Apes" story from his previous collection Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, and it is a GREAT read. Snappy dialog, excellent action, funny as all goddamned hell. And Nic Cage is in it, man! Nic Cage!!


Yes sir, Mr. Cage, sir. Bitches, indeed.

If Carl Hi
Angela Crawford
Dec 13, 2016 Angela Crawford rated it it was amazing

I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.

Tijuana Donkey Showdown is the second adventure for our intrepid anti-hero, Reggie Levine. After the events in Damn Dirty Apes Reggie just wants things to get back to normal. Unfortunately for him, his luck just doesn't work that way. What starts off as a normal night working at The Henhouse quickly escalates int
Dec 09, 2016 Noelle rated it it was amazing
Huge thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I have chosen to review and provide my honest/objective opinion on.

Oh-my-friggin-god! Adam Howe – I am not sure how you actually do it…but you do…each and every time…and it rocks!

Set in the American south, we are thrown into this mash up of revenge, justice, drugs, violence, basically whatever this twisted author can think of and spew at the reader. It is FANTASTIC!

I love the disclaimer at the start of the book – I definitely recommend read
Michael Hicks
Tijuana Donkey Showdown wins, hands-down, for being the most off-the-wall, ridiculous, and endearingly fun read of 2016. Adam Howe is clearly a crazy person, and thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster he's writing down all the weird shit that happens inside his skull for us to consume. Seriously, we owe him a great big debt of gratitude. It's (probably?) not everyday you'll read about a donkey who is a celebrity in the adult entertainment industry, neo-Nazi's, and the redneck titty bar bouncer, Regg ...more
Frank Errington
Nov 09, 2016 Frank Errington rated it it was amazing
Review copy

Writer Adam Howe returns to the willywags for his fist full-length novel, Tijuana Donkey Showdown. Specifically he invites readers back to Walt Wiley's titty tonk in Bigelow town, where we get to hang out with the denizens of The Henhouse.

When I reviewed Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, I said it was "some of the most entertaining reading I've done this year." It was and I'm so happy I got to return to to this crazy mixed up world.

Last time the legend of the skunk ape featured prominently
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Reggie Levine has had an adventuresome life. I'll give him that. He got his knocks in as a former boxer and then there was that bit of trouble that happened in Damned Dirty Apes. He has now sorta pissed through any money that came his way and is working as a bouncer in in bar. Living his legend of the his fame.
Nicolas Cage played yours truly, sporting a mullet that made his "Con-Air"-'do seem conservative, even though I haven't styled my hair like that since the nineties.
commercial photography locations

Reggie finds himself be
Eddie Generous
Nov 18, 2016 Eddie Generous rated it it was amazing
Unnerving Magazine Review
This is another where for the sake of pretend professionalism I'll curb my enthusiasm. Still, what a ride!
Reggie Levine is the hero, or rather antihero, of Tijuana Donkey Showdown and he isn’t particularly excited about it. This is the character’s second feature and, although unnecessary, it would be much more enjoyable to start with his first bumbling adventure onto paper in the collection Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet. I’m certainly glad I did.
Now, Tijuana Donkey Showdown
Dec 31, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
I found this book on many people's Best of 2016 lists. I love a good fun idea and TIJUANA DONKEY SHOWDOWN sounded like a great time. I enjoyed the hell out of it too. I'm a big fan of Tim Dorsey's Serge Storm books and this is every bit the fun caper story that those are. I've seen author Adam Howe compared to Joe Lansdale in style (and while I do see the comparison) but I think he's more closely compared to a Dorsey or Hiaasen at least in regard to this book.
The main character, Reggie Levine, i
Castor Sorrel
Dec 11, 2016 Castor Sorrel rated it it was amazing
Adam Howe has clawed his way into a very exclusive list in my little world. That is the list of writers that immediately jump to the top of the "to read" pile. Like put down what you are reading and start this book now. And his stories have always been rewarding. I was smack dab in the middle of reading the fisherman (a great read as well) when I recieved Tijuana Donkey Showdown. The story read, to me, as a series of short stories starring Reggie Levine with each story growing more and more ridi ...more
Alec Donahoe
Dec 19, 2016 Alec Donahoe rated it it was amazing
Adam Howe never ceases to supply us with action packed ironic humor. His books send me into a reading comatose that I am incapable of breaking free from until the last page is read. I made assumptions seeing that this book consisted of Nicholas Cage (who apparently Adam is a fan of while I am not) and hints towards some sort of Donkey Show. I initially thought that Adam was going to let me down on this one. NOPE, how wrong I was. My assumptions made an Ass (pun) out of me. When I opened the book ...more
Oct 17, 2016 Still rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of: Robert E Howard, Jerry Lawler, Sputnik Monroe, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway
Recommended to Still by: Adam Howe was kind enough to send me an advance on this one. Thanks, Adam! You're aces!

Another Reggie Levine adventure, boys & girls! Isn't this only #2 in the series? Collect 'em all!!

This is an easygoing, amiable, bad-natured adventure featuring a battered ex-boxer who works as the bouncer at a local titty-dancer pinball & beers palladium engaging in hyper-violent nonsense with a semblance of a plot concerning an ill-fated used car salesman and a pair of lethal drug dealers sans redeemable qualities.

Lots of redneck hi-jinks and heavy handed chuckles amid some really well
Nov 27, 2016 SUSAN rated it it was amazing
My sincerest apologies to Mr Howe as I was provided a copy of Tijuana Donkey Showdown in October and life got in the way,so better late than never here is my opinion,for what it's worth.

I am a big fan of Mr Howe's work. I have read both his humorous romps and his macabre work,what can I say,he is a superlative storyteller. Dependent on the subject matter,his work can be quick, bawdy,sarcastic,sardonic or dark, eerie, and sinister.

If you haven't read his work yet,just do it. Life is short and you
Nov 11, 2016 David rated it really liked it
I had a blast reading Tijuana Donkey Showdown. Reggie Levine from the story Damn Dirty Apes is back. Reggie's luck hasn't gotten any better but his adventures are just as crazy! I thoroughly enjoyed this one, Adam, and the story notes, yes I read those too. I always love getting a peek behind the curtain whenever possible. Full review coming soon at The Scary Reviews.
Rory Costello
Dec 10, 2016 Rory Costello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gleefully filthy, bloody, and deranged. If you chortled at the scene in "RoboCop"* where Emil gets melted by toxic waste and then splattered by a vehicle moving at high speed...then this is just your meat.

* The original '80s version, naturally -- we're talking about Adam Howe's work here.
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Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. A British writer of fiction and screenplays, he lives in London with his partner, their daughter, and a hellhound named Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the international On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of King’s memoir. His fictio ...more
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