"A wild roller coaster ride"
Jungle Jim Bybee was driving his bus filled with 436
rattlesnakes through McAfee County, Kentucky, when he took
a hairpin curve too fast. He dies in the subsequent crash,
but his cargo escapes.
At around the same time that Jungle Jim's serpents
tasted freedom, Hawaiian archeologist Harmon "Digger" Fitz
is in town for a family reunion with his cousin retired
archeologist Edgar Fitz and his niece Nikki. However,
instead of meeting up with Edgar, County Sheriff Cooney
McCoy informs him his relative is dead. Not trusting law
enforcement officials to seek the truth and justice as
opposed to solving the case by blaming the "foreigner"
namely himself, Digger accompanied by Nikki begin digging
for clues. Soon Digger and Nikki find themselves in a tug
of war between two rivals wanting to possess French and
Indian War artifact. The duo also tries to avoid an
assortment of lunatics claiming Armageddon has arrived
marked by the serpents among them and a militia ready to
destroy the world to stop the FBI-ET collusion from
Though threads are left dangling and the who-done-it
seems more like a subplot, fans who enjoy a farcical very
amusing jaunt will take pleasure from TOO HIGH. The story
line is a wild ride in the countryside as the likable and
intelligent Digger bounces from one misadventure to another
in comic often slapstick style. The cast provides
perspective often in a fringe viewpoint, which in turn
makes Corson Hirschfeld's novel a fun to read experience
and send the audience seeking the author's first novel,
ALOHA, MR. LUCKY.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 28, 2001