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The Big Kahuna

(Fox and O'Hare #6)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  10,316 ratings  ·  1,228 reviews
A stoner, an Instagram model, a Czech oligarch, and a missing unicorn. Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare have their work cut out for them in their weirdest, wildest adventure yet in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series by Janet and Peter Evanovich.

Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules. Charming Con Man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich, Peter Evanovich is a 2019 G.P. Putnam’s Son publication.

I was afraid this 😞

There was a long hiatus between book five in the ‘Fox and O’Hare' series and this new sixth installment.

In the four years since the last book was released, there have been a few changes- most notably, the absence of Lee Goldberg, who co-authored the first five books with Janet Evanovich.

For whatever reason, Lee is no longer working on the series and so I figured it was probably dead i
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fiction
Overall, a disappointing read. After a slow and monotonous, not to mention arduous (for both character and reader), trek through the Hawaiian backcountry, the story finally picks up the pace in the second half. Unfortunately, that’s just one of many disappointing aspects throughout the book. The plot lacks substance, the main characters have different personalities from the previous books, and the minor characters are supposed to provide comic relief but fall short in that regard and wind up bei ...more
Debbie Oliphant
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read every book in this series, and have a few questions, "what happened in the cliff hanger from book #5"? and...……….hasn't Nick and Kate's relationship progressed? This book felt like it should be #2 in the series and where was Nick's crew? Why was Cosmo added to the storyline? he was so annoying.

The upside of this story was that the usual witty banter was there and the "MacGyver......ish" method of crime fighting. I love Nick and Kate, their characters are so committed to their moral c
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, thieves
For some reason I thought that the fifth book in this series is the last one. So when I found out there will be another one, I was in ecstasy. People bound about Lee Goldberg not being on the deck, but to be honest I didn’t care. I haven’t read any of his other books, I didn’t see the difference. Now I do.

Apparently, Lee Goldberg is responsible for all this brilliant humour in this series. Without him, there is not much left in here. Previous books are on the very edge of a parody and I love it
Apr 27, 2018 marked it as eh-lost-interest
FINAL UPDATE: Yeah I am gonna peace out on this one. I've read too many reviews that give credence to my initial fear that Lee Goldberg's absence translates to the book not feeling like a real Fox and O'Hare story. Maybe if he comes back I'll pick this series up again. But for now, this series stops at book five for me. And this book, I will treat it like I do The Godfather III movie-- in my world that movie doesn't exist.


UPDATE: Well, now Amazon has the co-author list
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
*Disappointed so far*

I'm on Chapter 10 in the audiobook.

Am I missing a newsflash about the timeline or something?

Kate and Nick were in love in the last book, and now there isn't even a glimmer of that. It's like this is book 2 in the series not the latest installment. No ounce of love or affection between Kate and Nick. No comradery between Jake and Nick.

The characters turned into caricatures as if someone else entirely wrote the book. Additionally, Cosmo is soooo over the top annoying he's n
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-bother
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May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you have never read any of the Fox and O'Hare series you might like this. It's an easy read and if you go into it with no expectations you might find it fun, but if you are expecting a Fox and O'Hare adventure you will more than likely be saying "WHAT??!!!" and wondering what happened to the characters you fell in love with for 5 books.

My theory is Lee Goldberg did most or all of the writing on the other 5 books. I'm not sure that Peter Evanovich (or even Janet Evanovich) has read any of the
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dreadful, especially for anyone who has enjoyed the first five books in this series. As further proof when does Amazon ever have a lower reader rating than Goodreads? A Silicon Valley unicorn is missing, and Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare are trying to find him, enlisting the help of a stoner, an Instagram supermodel, Jake, and an FBI desk jockey, who would never be allowed out in the field. The zippy repartee is gone as is the magic between Kate and Nick although a trip to Hawaii is always a t ...more
Francesca ❆
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I need to bleach my brain and try to remove this monstrosity from my memory.
If you ask me, the Fox & O’Hare series ended with The Pursuit. Period.
The Big Kahuna is a shadow of what this series used to be: the adventures of an FBI agent tasked with keeping tabs on a world famous con-man as they plan elaborate cons to capture big criminals. The dialogues were hilarious and full of banter and humor, the cons super elaborate and the plot rich of action, the secondary characters were fascinating
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it

WTF ..... this book, aghhhhh. I love Janet Evanovich but without Lee Goldberg, this is not the same, the characters are totally different, they are childish and stupid. I want my old Nick and Kate beck, I want the brilliant con and badass Jack. After so much wait, total disappointment. Three stars only because I love Janet Evanovich.
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book needs to be taken out and shot. It was in no way funny just over the top.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: heist
The biggest problem? This is not a heist book. But it falls in a heist series.
In fact, it is not much of an anything book. I found it horrendously boring. The witty banter came across as forced and awkward. The innuendos made no sense in the context of the last book or two; it pretty much pretends Book #4 and #5 never happened.
Cosmo was a horridly awkward character and I bemoan his continuation in this series.
I don't know why the authors changed and I do not think it an improvement. In fact,
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok

I really loved the Fox and O'Hare series - even more than Stephanie Plum, until this book. Stephanie, oh wait, Kate is indecisive about who she should fall in love with - wait, there isn't a Morelli in this series. Adding in the Instagram Model was dumb and people a SELFIE is a picture that you, YOURSELF takes. If someone else takes your picture it is not a SELFIE but a picture, snapshot, or photo - you can decide which term you prefer.
Debra Polk
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have to agree with so many others. Disappointment sums up my feelings on this book. When you wait so long for a new installment in a series you love and then the author and editors release a story that reads like they have forgotten huge parts of the main character backstories, one wonders why they let themselves get hooked on the series to start with.

I have thought for some time that either the author or the publishes or both favor the Plum series and the Fox/O'Hare books are the neglected st
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. Maybe an okay read, if you haven’t read books 1-5. Janet and Lee need to get back together and write a 6.0, claim a bad dream, like Bobby Ewing stepping out of the shower. We’ll forgive you. Fix this story line. Give us back Kate/Nick/Jake and the rest of the amazing crew. Try to remember, Nick can’t go to the police station to help fill out paperwork. This is supposed to be covert, clever. The evolution of the characters is now gone. There is no continuity in this series anymore, it w ...more
Carter Hastings
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be one of the most disappointing things I have read in a long time. I enjoy the Fox and O’Hare series a great deal, the previous 5 books were great. However, this book is only a shell of the rest of the series. The Big Kahuna abandoned a some major plot points, character development, and some other things from the previous books. One of the premises from the first five books is that Nick is still considered to be on the run by the FBI and the only people aware of Nick and Ka ...more
Mark Baker
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Unlikely duo FBI agent Kate O’Hare and former (maybe) conman Nick Fox have been asked to look for a tech billionaire known to pretty much everyone as The Big Kahuna. He disappeared a few days ago, but Kate and Nick are shocked to find that both his wife and his business partner are already hoping to have him declared dead. Kate and Nick aren’t willing to declare him dead yet; they think he might be hiding out in Hawaii. With Kate’s father and Cosmo, another FBI agent, tagging along, they set out ...more
Desi Kennedy
This only got a three because I love Janet Evanovich. But....yes, it was funny, yes, it entertained. However, the supporting characters we have come love were gone!! Also the con, for the last what, chapter, we had a con. But these books are fun because of the WHOLE story being a con. And what is up with Jake's character? This is not the strong man we have seen in the other books. I am so disappointed. Even Nick was just not Nick.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am very sad to give this book 2 stars. Like MANY others reviewers who are fans of the series and the characters, I was sorely disappointed in this long-awaited 6th book in the series. The continuity of character and plot was just not there. Here are my thoughts (some spoilers and a rant ahead):
1. Where is the con? This was all shoot 'em up and explosions and no nuanced, intelligent, well-planned con like I am used to from Nick. No finesse. ALL the plans just included shooting or exploding thei
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I love this series, and was entertained with this latest installment. That being said, this book did not live up to my expectations, especially after such a looong wait.

Perhaps it was the change in co-authors, but some of the characters seemed off - most notably Nick. Gone was the suave, sophisticated con-man, and in his place was a bit of a goof. His intelligent banter with Kate was lacking, as was their overall relationship - disappointingly, that didn't seem to progress at all from the last
Barbara Rogers
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Series: Fox and O’Hare #6
Publication Date: 3/26/19
Number of Pages: 320

Wow! I’m not sure where to go with this review and this rating. I enjoyed the story, the humor was good and the plot was interesting, I even enjoyed the addition of Cosmo, who gave a good bit of comic relief to the story. What has me confused is the changes in the overall series. Up until this book, Nick and Kate were a ‘couple’ and I loved the two of them together. In this book, the relationship has regressed back to about th
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Big Kahuna is missing! Who will be in charge? Who will offer great words of wisdom? Well, that may be pushing the definition a bit since this Kahuna isn't at all wise. His leadership mainly leads to the next wave. But he is a billionaire and the FBI wants to find him. So they send our intrepid agent and her side kick, the charismatic thief.
Soon they learn that quite a few people want Kahuna dead, including his porn star wife. Our story leads us to Hawaii and the brilliant Evanovich's bring
Laura R
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
You know what you get with a Janet Evanovich book. An independent, pretty girl, a hunky guy (or two) to team up with, and an adventure full of mystery and silly zaniness. Solving the mystery involves visiting different locations, lots of overwhelmingly crazy characters, and comical situations throughout the adventure. There will be lots of teasing and innuendo between the pretty girl and hunky guy as they work together, but in the end the mystery will be resolved whether on purpose or by acciden ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got my wish! I wanted more Big Jake and we got more of this awesome, retired Spec Ops Operator and Kate's dad. I can see what a difference Peter Evanovich has made. He brings more action to the action scenes and the overall effect is wonderful. The banter between Nick and Kate, the way they work together to get out of tight situations is great and the subtle sexual undercurrent between them is beyond hot. I read Janet Evanovich to be entertained and this one hit the mark.

The Big Kahuna, aka bi
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't know what happened with this book but it's the worst! It feels like someone's first book. I have read all the other Fox and O'Hare books and loved them, but this one really just falls flat. The characters are not defined enough and some of them are over the top stupid, Hamilton and Cosmo make it hard to suspend reality or even enjoy the exchanges they have with any of the other characters. I was waiting for so long for this book and I am so bummed out that this is what I paid money for. ...more
Cat Murphy
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I went back to the last book as I felt like I had missed something major. Nick and Kate's relationship is completely different and not in a good way. I did enjoy the story but I am so disappointed with these characters. Waited this long for the next book and was really disappointed.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A stoner, an instagram model, a Czech oligarch, and a missing unicorn. Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare have their work cut out for them in their weirdest, wildest adventure yet in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series by Janet and Peter Evanovich.

Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules. Charming Con Man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along. She thinks he's nothing but a scoundrel. He thinks she just needs to lighten up. They're working together to tack
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just fun! My favorite scene was Kate and Nick in the! Loved the cast of characters and how their quirkiness adds to the story.
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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Fox and O'Hare (7 books)
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