• Viva McHugh

  • By: Jay Flynn
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He can out shoot, out think, out fight, and out love any other secret agent on the planet - get out of the way James Bond before your tux gets rumpled!

McHugh lands a Caribbean island assignment: Stir up a revolution, topple the world's most brutal dictator, smash the secret police whose methods start with torture and get a lot worse from there, help the revolutionaries, and stop the revolution before it goes too far in the other direction. It's just another days' work for McHugh.

When he arrives, he has everything the government thinks he will need for the job: One bottle of tablets in case of Montezuma's Revenge. Three days rations. A small radio. Bug repellent. Extra clothes, the minimum two pistols with extra ammo. A pair of delicately balanced throwing knives. And three pints of Scotch. He also must rescue another U.S. agent from the dungeon of the island's most impregnable prison - but that's the easy part. All he has to do is survive days of torture, the kisses of a revolutionary who is as ruthless as she is beautiful, a deadly double-cross, and the lack of a decent scotch when his own supply runs out.

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Good Semi-Military Action Novel

This is a Classic 1960s type action story that does not stop. From the first page this is action, action, action. Narrator does a good job with the characters voices and the storyline of this entire story.

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action packed

This was a bit more gore.and violence than I expected , but I enjoyed it for the most part. Drama and action non stop. The dancer was one tough cookie. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a good job.

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McHugh

This is a good mystery book. Its not to long and it's easy to finish in one evening. Theo Holland does a great job narraiting this book. That's how I came across this series. Theo makes the books even better with his narraiting skills. If my review was any help will you please click the helpful link. Thank you

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  • col2910
  • 07-12-22

Enjoyable series entry

Viva McHugh! is the third of five McHugh books from author Jay Flynn. I've enjoyed the first two - McHugh and It's Murder, McHugh previously.

McHugh works for the CIA in addition to being a bar owner in San Francisco. Here he leaves the bar behind and is on an unnamed Caribbean island with fellow agent Chapman trying to make contact with an undercover operative who hasn't been seen or heard from for a few months.

We have a surrepticious island entry, which isn't quite secret enough, followed by evasion, some sneaking around, a prison breakout, capture, interrogation, escape, car-jacking, bar visits, rebels, cadres, embassy contacts, scrapes, set-ups, betrayal, shoot-outs, discontent, an uprising, a hostage situation and more.

It's an enjoyable enough action/adventure novel with espionage/spy undertones. It's maybe a little bit dated. There's no real nuance to it. We know who the good guys and bad guys are. There's no real US involvement here other than a desire to gets their agent out if possible and discover whether he was captured or willingly went over to the other side. Washington isn't assassinating heads of state, propping up juntas, providing military aid to suppress the local populace or exploiting the island for it's raw materials.

Nothing startling, nothing amazing, nothing boring, just bang averagely enjoyed.

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Read - (listened to) July, 2022
Published - 1960
Page count - 171 (4 hrs 44 mins)
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  • mangankillarney
  • 08-13-21

Thriller

Theo Holland did a wonderful job of narration. Kept the action going in his voice.

If you want a listen that is full of action , a bit of gore . This is your book. A rescue of another agent , some hard core drinking
Double crossing, suspense.

Drama and action non stop.
This is a good mystery book