In Josh Bazell’s follow-up to Beat the Reaper, Wild Thing follows the exploits of Pietro Brnwa as he continues to run from the mob. If you loved the first novel in the Peter Brown series, then you’ll probably enjoy the sequel. However I must warn you: this second outing is very bizarre. In the synopsis according to Goodreads:
It’s hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world’s worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.
Though I did find this book strange, I did thoroughly enjoy it. It’s a fun, wild ride with lots of mystery, twists and turns that will make Wild Thing as hard to put down as the novel which preceded it. While Pietro isn’t a likeable character (or shouldn’t be), I can’t help but loving him. The characters in this novel are far out, and can’t possibly exist (at least I hope not). Well…. with the exception of Sarah Palin. She makes a strange appearance. I didn’t get that, but even her cameo somehow makes a strange sort of sense. While this novel offers a sense of finality, it also leaves open the possibility of a third novel. An idea I’m pretty psyched about. With beach season fast approaching, I would definitely suggest adding this novel to your vacation book pile.