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7 Best Gifts for that bookworm in your life!

So if you are here, you probably have a strange, uncontrollable addiction to books. I do! I saw a list the other day of the best gifts to give a bookworm and thought i would spice it up a little!

1.Book Shelves

Nothing makes a Bookworm feel more accomplished than being able to show off their vast collection of printed books. From large to small everyone needs a sturdy, handy dandy book shelf! I currently dont have a book shelf and need one badly so i have been searching all over for good ideas for big book shelves that i could potentially fit in the small space i have for one so i can get my books out of bag, boxes and suitcases in our garage! You can be a bookworm with no ability for arts or a D.I.Y. bookworm, here are some idea!

Mandala Bookshelf

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This is made intirely out of boxes! Taking simple boxes and painting them then hanging them up in this pattern, ( or any pattern for that matter) Looks great and if done properly could be so cheap!

Childrens Nook/Bookcase

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A little more complex than the last one but still cute and im sure your children AND teens would love it! The plus side, If you run out of room on your shelves you could always use one of the MANY spaces for your books too!

Grand piano Bookshelf!

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To those loved ones who combine their loves of music and books together, this is PERFECT for them! I have seen many Pianos on Craigslist lately that are broken and people just want them gone! Do a little Wreck It Ralph treatment and hang it up! Absolutely beautiful!

2.Bookmarks

Bookmarks are another necessity for bookworms. Whether they like to keep a book open at all times and ready to just pick up and go or those who favor the binding and want something small, there is a vast variety out there for every Bookworm!

For the Fangirl/Fanboy in your life

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For The simplistic fans

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For the eccentric and unique! 

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3. Book-ish Games

Every bookworm loves playing book related games…. I hope.. It might just be me but even if it isnt here are some cool book inspired games for the family!

BOOKOPOLY

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For Any fan of the classic Monopoly game here is a new BOOK spin on the whole thing!

Trivial Pursuit Book Edition

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For the book worms who like trivia!

Jenga Book Lovers Edition!

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For those book worms who love a good puzzle!

4. Movies from Books

When we finish a good book and then find out its being turned into a movie, i can tell you almost every bookworm will in fact see the movie!

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For the classics fan

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For the bookworm dying for a good ugly cry

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For the vampire freak

5. Book-ish clothing

I’m sure I’m not the only one who likes to read nekkid in the tub with a good book but for those who like reading in public without the possibility of being arrested for public indecency; clothes are vital! Check out some of these cute clothes to attract other bookworms and even spark a good book convo!

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6. Book-ish home decor

Proudly display your love of books all throughout your house so people with posters, add a nice frame and you have art for any room in your home!

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7. Book-ish bedding

Why not fall asleep reading and surround yourself in books at the same time!?

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NEVER LET ANYONE BREAK YOU DOWN FOR FEELING THE NEED FOR A GOOD ADVENTURE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGES OF A GOOD BOOK! KEEP CALM AND READ ON BOOKWORMS!!!!!!

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“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Okay so i have two book reviews today but i have been “out of the office” for a few days. I have wanted to post these reviews but i had a couple of teeth removed and… well… it hurt more than i had thought it would. I had a wisdom tooth growing into the side of a molar that i needed pulled due to an exposed root. So the dentist tells me that my wisdom tooth grew in at about a 90 degree angle to my other teeth. Im slowly starting back with solid foods and it was hard during the fourth because i wanted a little of EVERYTHING!!!! lol We had a blast though! Tim and Christopher spent so much time, effort and money into this holiday and it was absolutely perfect! Tim bought me a floating lantern as well to light for my mom so i will have to include the pictures below! Anyway, im going to go ahead and jump into these reviews!

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So i was contacted to do a review of a book called Breaking Free: Una Familia Segura by Annie Hughes. Just so you know i went into this completely blind! I didnt look the book up and I did it for a reason. I am challenging myself. I want to get into a book for the content, not what i think its going to be. I got so into this book and finished it in two days. I loved it! The characters were well built and complete early on. The main character, Anna Rosa, is on a new level of heroine in my book. She perfects the thought behind overcoming obstacles and challenges but at the same time it is made very clear that she has flaws. It makes the book more realistic! I’ll leave the synopsis below as well as the amazon buying link and hopefully here within the next couple of days ill be able to get a Q&A done with the author for this book! 

Breaking Free: Una Familia Segura by Annie Hughes Synopsis:

Anna Rosa Castillo is unlike most 16 year old girls.

She doesn’t care for clothes or make up, nor does she giggle with her friends about hot guys. Coming from a small town in the North of England, where drugs and criminals are at the top of the food chain, Anna’s life is an impossible mixture of pain and sorrow. Drawing and tattoos are her only way of escaping the tortures that consume her at home. She lives by only one rule – do whatever he says, and she might live long enough to get away.
All that changes when a fatal night lands the monster of her nightmares in a prison cell and herself in a hospital bed, staring into the eyes of a father she has never known.

The addition of a father and family turns Anna’s life upside-down, thrusting her into a world she could never understand. Inner demons and unspeakable memories claw at her as she tries to build a relationship with her new family. But with her past looming over her new life, will she be able to break free?

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Free-Una-Familia-Segura-ebook/dp/B00NRA60XG

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Now for my second book! I received The Mask by Taylor Stevens from Blogging For Books and I wasnt as impressed with this one. Ill start with the synopsis first so you can get a feel for it.

Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done: dangerous and not quite legal things that have taken her undercover into some of the world’s deadliest places. Still healing from a Somali hijacking gone wrong and a brutal attack that left her near death, Munroe joins her lover, Miles Bradford, in Japan where he’s working as a security consultant protecting high-value technology from industrial espionage. In the domesticity of their routine she finds long sought-after peace—until Bradford is arrested for murder, and the same interests who targeted him come after her, too.
Searching for answers and fighting to stay alive, Munroe will soon discover how far she’ll go to save Bradford from spending the next twenty years in locked-up isolation; how many laws she’ll break when the truth seems worse than his lies; and who to trust and who she must kill. Because she’s a strategist and hunter with a predator’s instincts, and the man she loves has just stabbed her in the back.
With break-neck pacing, incendiary prose, and an unforgettable cast of characters, The Mask features Vanessa Michael Munroe: a brilliant, lethal heroine who will stop at nothing to find the truth, no matter what it may cost.

Now when i went into this book i didnt expect such a sporadic plot. The crime is very white collar where you are lead to believe its more than it is so that was one disappointment and also this whole story is set in Japan. Now I dont doubt that the author knows her stuff about Japan and its culture but how in the hell do you properly navigate your brain through the streets of Japan without proper description which i thought it was missing. This book may be for other people but it really want for me. It just reminded me of a bad lifetime movie.

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“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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When you think of sin, you think of the top seven; wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. No matter how often or rarely you think about it, everyone in this planet is a sinner. EVERYONE. Everyone says that children and small infants are still pure of heart and do not commit sin but does a young child not want something another child has at some point in time or another? Everyone could choose to be a saint (exact opposite of sinner) but it is not possible, not in any way, shape or form. I was raised in a Christian family so I think I’m going to take a minute and take this to a religious place. In the Christian religion, Christians are taught that they were created in the image of God. Most people think God is sinless but is he not a jealous God? Does he not display wrath when wrath is needed? Therefore; we are meant to be sinners.

This week i got a new book from B4B called Empire of Sin by Gary Krist. This is a book of sex, jazz, murder and the battle for modern New Orleans. Now, I really dont know much about New Orleans except they have amazing food, the are home to the New Orleans Saints (ironic), and you will hear some of the best jazz music in existence there! I thought this book might be worth a shot, I’m always down for a deeper history lesson!

Synopsis;

Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city’s Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.

My take on this book, this is probably the best told mix of culture and the events that take place in one area of the us, around! I love how the book is divided into multiple parts to show the difference in culture through the years ( 1890-1891; mid 1890s to 1907; 1907-1917; 1917-1920). The author brings old stories and people, (that you learned about in school) and adds them to the story, combining it with just the right amount of fiction to feel like you are actually taking a brief look into their lives. I love feeling like i can be apart of the characters life and relate to them in some way.

Also, I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of music. So where they disscuss the characters the author shares equal parts jazz and music history. The author goes about explaining how jazz music came about and how those with less education turned to music and made money in that way. I highly suggest this book be read by any fan of historical fiction and music fans it’s well worth the time to read it, not that it should take that long. I found it so easy to live in the book till i read the very last word!

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Sin-Murder-Battle-Orleans/product-reviews/0770437060/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_five/182-1324192-0080213?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFiveStar&showViewpoints=0

Every story has two sides to it!

Okay, okay, i know i havent been around much lately! Im so fired! BUUUUUT I have two book reviews for you! The first of which doesnt usually fall in my book genre of choice but it was a fabulous read! These two books are To Have By M.L. Pennock and The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

Ill start with To Have.

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* Synopsis *

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My life was good.
But, like most things that are just “good,” it fell apart. I fell apart.
I had lived to work before, but when my husband left my job became my entire life.
Then I went for coffee and my life changed. Days before finalizing my divorce, my past sat down across from me and it was like life had been breathed back into me. It was only the beginning of a crazy, not at all planned out adventure with him … much like our escapades when we were kids.

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Twenty years ago my parents moved our family to Tennessee. My heart stayed behind in Western New York.
On a well-planned whim, my best friend and I packed up and headed north to begin realizing our dream of owning a business — a coffeehouse — in the small college town I spent my childhood exploring.
It took me years before I had the courage to go home, set up shop, and find her, though. I needed to be certain I could give her everything.
That day finally came.
When she walked in, she stole the air from my lungs.

This is our story.

Now i hate that sappy, googly eyed, crap. I am so over reading most romance books because its not realistic in any way, shape or form. However, Miss M. L. Pennock has created a story that sucked me in from the first page and carried on through out the entire story! The pictures she paints for the readers is amazing! She never fails to add descriptive details about everything! Which i think was one of the main reasons i loved it so much. Now this is the story of two people who re-found each other after so many years of being away from each other, which can and does happen im sure! When you were a kid you always hear that you will love many people in your life and love will come in and out of your life frequently. Then you hit your teen years and you love everything that walks at times and at others hate everything that walks. The two main characters knew they loved each other at 9 and split ways and didnt see each other for so long. The only thing that I wasnt that big of a fan of was that the book is split into different sides of the story, like,  each chapter is the other persons point of view. Now, there are always two sides to every story and i feel like it was vital for the reader to understand every aspect of the story but after reading the final Twilight book i just havent been a fan of that format. Thank you Miss Pennock for the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING read! I look forward to the next installment and honestly if you wrote your grocery lists the way you wrote this i would probably read those too!

Now for The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

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* Synopsis *

A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
 
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

I love a good fantasy book but i was really let down with this one. I guess i had such high expectations when I picked this book on B4B because i had read nothing but good reviews. I just feel like it lacked something for me. In Miss Pennocks book there was sooooo much description and i get into reading this book and it failed me. I found many places where the author could set up a place to describe the world that this book revolves around and, well, it just didnt. I read about 40% of the book when i felt more like i was forcing myself to finish it. I hate feeling obligated to read something because then i am not enjoying it at all. Another thing, someone wrote a review that the charcters where unforgetable…. i kindly disagree. I didnt become attatched to them at all. I love falling in love with characters…. I love being able to think about them and relate them to my every day life and I. JUST. COULDT. I may eventually give Scott Hawkins another try but for now i think im going to steer clear! I received both of these books for review purposes only! Below is the buying links and hopefully youll check them out!

To Have buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Have-M-L-Pennock-ebook/dp/B00WYK11WU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434063994&sr=8-1&keywords=to+have+m.+l.+pennock

The library at mount char buying link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Library-at-Mount-Char/product-reviews/0553418602/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_two?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addTwoStar&showViewpoints=0

How many women work out a few months before summer just to look hot!?

I’m back!!!!!! again with another book review courtesy of blogging for books! So lately i have been hit with this workout bug! And keep in mind i am NOT doing this for summer! I am however doing this because… well… frankly im tired of being fat. I was asked yesterday what my bmi is. If you have no clue what a bmi is It is your Body Mass Index. And mine was at a skyrocketing 48.8…. That is HUGE!!! No pun intended. So before this conversation i had plotted on doing yoga and after one sitting of Yoga For Dummies ( no thank you) i realized i needed something a little more intense. Dont get me wrong. I love yoga! It always seems to help me pop the joints that are stuck in Bitch-You-Are-NOT-Getting-Up Mode but i have a lot of weight to lose so i think yoga would be a post weight loss thing. Anyway! Onto my book review!

I picked Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year Round from b4b and i am in love. This is perfect for anyone who, like me, feels that if you cant do something you shouldnt even try! But i am slowly getting out of that phase of my life. Life is worth living! Do it while you can move it! This book is full of fully illustrated exercises which is great because come on how many times have you looked at an exercise spread and thought ” Wait, my legs get there…. how?” I plan on using this book every day and hopefully within the next couple months ill be showing you how far i have come from this day! Anyway below as always will be the synopsis and the buying like as usual. Like always, Keep reading my loves!

Synopsis*

Cassey Ho, internationally renowned fitness instructor, is known for her irresistibly popular workout videos which have been shared millions of times online. She runs the #1 women’s fitness channel on YouTube, Blogilates. Her unique format, POP Pilates© is a fusion of ab-chiseling, butt lifting, total body sculpting exercises that are performed using only your bodyweight. Cassey’s personality is bubbly, inspiring, and infectious. But don’t let the smile fool you – her workouts will leave you sweating and sore for days. By following Ho’s super effective workout plans and clean-eating recipes, you will transform your body towards a stronger, sleeker, and happier version of you.

Hot Body Year Round is your ULTIMATE exercise and nutrition guide to living a fit, happy, and healthy life while sculpting your HOTTEST body.

Cassey will show you how to stay motivated throughout the year, no matter what the challenges are. You will get:

– 120 of Cassey’s BEST total body transforming exercises
– The complete POP Pilates exercise library – fully photographed and easy to follow
– 20 full length workouts
– 40 brand new, ridiculously delicious & nutritious recipes
– Foods for beautiful hair, skin, and nails
– 4 complete clean eating meal plans & grocery lists that complement each season
– Cassey’s personal daily meal plan
– Motivational tips to stay inspired year-round
– 256 pages of full color, glossy inspiration

Buying link**

http://www.amazon.com/Cassey-Hos-Hot-Body-Year-Round/dp/0804139040

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Long over due book review!

Okay… don’t hate me but I have been away for a while… I know, I know, how dare you right!? I have had so much happening mentally i just couldn’t be around. So i have a Blogging for Books book review for every one and I wasn’t that excited about reading this after starting it. The book is called A Fifty Year Silence By Miranda Richmond Mouillot. Now I am a huge fan of reading about other peoples history and that is what originally drew me into the idea of this book. This is the synopsis I read prior to selecting this book:

A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents’ mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences

In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author’s grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.

A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife’s name aloud after she left him.  To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents.  As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory.  She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive – making a home in the village and falling in love.

With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents’ outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.

This book is just not as interesting as the title suggests and i think that the author could have done a much better job at writing it. But I have to give credit where credit is due, Despite the lack of seemingly promised revelation/resolution, the book is an interesting, portrait of two very strong-willed individuals whose very strength in surviving 1940s France as Jews is also their fatal flaw. When the author is exploring her grandparents, their histories and their fraught relationship, she is at her best. But she spends quite a bit of the book focused on herself, as if she is unable to develop her own identity without first fleshing out theirs. These sections come across as quite self-absorbed and are a bit of a chore to plod through. The author has had the privileges and advantages of wealth and security, so her struggles to “make a home” out of her grandparents’ ruined house in France comes across a bit like an elite Peace Corps volunteer who both takes her rugged assignment seriously, but also has the luxury to leave the rough life and kick back with her friends.

Now would i recommend this book? Yes to those who are completely enthralled in Jewish history and heritage but no to anyone who needs a quick read! I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for an honest book review! And as always the buying link will be included but keep reading my fellow bookworms!

Amazon Buying link: http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Year-Silence-Ruined-House-France/dp/0804140642

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“Knock! Knock!” “Who’s there?” “ANITA!!!!”

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I am a huge believer in the fact that laughter is the best medicine! Now when I start a book I think hmm I could use some crime or maybe something sad! But i started reading multiple books at one time so i had something to choose from. You don’t live the same day over and over again… unless you actually do and in that case, well, I’m sorry because your life sucks balls. The point I’m trying to get to, do you want to read a sad story 24/7? NO! You will eventually get to a point in time where you want something new, fresh and interesting because if you aren’t feeling it that day, are you really reading with the utmost interest? So if you aren’t, are you obtaining everything you can from the words your attempting to read? Occasionally I read something with a little humor that way it keeps things exciting.

My latest blogging for books came in the other day and I have already finished it. I picked The Marauders By Tom Cooper. Now when I read the synopsis for this I was drawn in for one reason… I know it sounds bad but even though I don’t do drugs I am very intrigued by the mind of someone on drugs. As weird as that seems it is kind of hard for me to explain without sounding even crazier so we will leave it at that. Now when I started this I jumped in quick and couldn’t stop so I can say it was a great book I just wish it was more of what I thought it would be.

I laughed a lot in this book so you could go from being serious one minute to your family laughing at you while your in the bathroom laughing at something else. Don’t judge me! We all read in the bathroom… YOU KNOW IT! I think the biggest reason I got so excited was because it seemed like a sick twisted version of The Goonies! I am a die hard Goonies fan and can proudly say that I do the truffle shuffle at night before bed just to make my fiance laugh… Try it… it really works! Lol anyway I will leave the book synopsis and buying link below but I would definitely check this book out! As always my lovely bookworms, HAPPY READING!

***Amazon buying link***

http://www.amazon.com/The-Marauders-Novel-Tom-Cooper/dp/0804140561

***The Marauders Synopsis***

When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working class bayou town of Jeannette,  these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. At the center of it all is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact with a wide array of memorable characters, ranging from a couple of small time criminal potheads prone to hysterical banter, to the smooth-talking Oil company middleman out to bamboozle his own mother, to some drug smuggling psychopath twins, to a young man estranged from his father since his mother died in Hurricane Katrina. As the story progresses, these characters find themselves on a collision course with each other, and as the tension and action ramp up, it becomes clear that not all of them will survive these events