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Score: 9.8/10  [1 review]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 898 - Whacker McCracker's Vineyard
Written by Tony Ward

Whacker McCracker's Vineyard
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23rd Jan 2006

Whacker McCracker's Vineyard product reviews

In Whacker McCracker's Cafe we first met the utterly original ex-Auckland businessman who escaped his five predatory ex-wives by moving to Waiheke Island to open a simple little cafe and start a new life. Whacker's hilarious first year on the island created colourful mayhem - but that was nothing compared to what happens when his eccentric aunt moves to Waiheke from Gore and buys a new vineyard. For her piggery...

Then things really warm up. There's the enormous statue of Jesus with pigs that appears on the Waiheke skyline for a start, battles with bureaucracy, a rampant elephant marauding on the beach at midnight and an evil plan to turn the vineyard into a sewerage plant - as Whacker, Wally, Mal and Big Bets drive Sergeant Jack start raving bonkers...With his wildly creative imagination firing on all cylinders, Whacker finds and exploits some unique market gaps, poking lighthearted fun at the more pretentious end of the wine market. With loads of belly laughs and slapstick non pc fun, Whacker McCracker's Vineyard is ideal summer reading.

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Review by: diogenes (Rob)
Dated: 31st of March, 2006

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This Review: 9.8/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

Tony Ward is reminiscent of Tom Sharpe in his farcical comedies, bordering on satire of island life, authority, politics and people.

In this, Ward's second novel, we are re-aquainted with Wacker McCracker and his band of 'gentlemen' who know just how to manipulate people for their own gain and just for the fun of thumbing thier noses at authority. Not wanting to detract from the story or give any more of the plot away, this book is a roller-coaster of belly laughs from start to finish.

Clearly written narrative leads you from one page to the next and a yearning to see what happens next; in no time, you are finished and wanting more. I will have to get the first book to read the start of Wacker McCracker's adventures, and I can say with absolute certainty that I will be eagerly awaiting all future releases from Tony Ward's pen. This man is to be watched for more offerings of the warped mind of a master author.

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