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NOPE I need to bleach my brain and try to remove this monstrosity from my memory.If you ask me, the Fox O Hare series ended with The Pursuit Period.The Big Kahuna is a shadow of what this series used to be the adventures of an FBI agent tasked with keeping tabs on a world famous con man as they plan elaborate cons to capture big criminals The dialogues were hilarious and full of banter and humor, the cons super elaborate and the plot rich of action, the secondary characters were fascinating NOPE I need to bleach my brain and try to remove this monstrosity from my memory.If you ask me, the Fox O Hare series ended with The Pursuit Period.The Big Kahuna is a shadow of what this series used to be the adventures of an FBI agent tasked with keeping tabs on a world famous con man as they plan elaborate cons to capture big criminals The dialogues were hilarious and full of banter and humor, the cons super elaborate and the plot rich of action, the secondary characters were fascinating and funny and fully fleshed out, the budding romance between Kate and Nick was charming and real.This book is the complete opposite gone is the romance seriously, I felt like I was back to book 1 with how frigid the two MCs acted , gone is the cast of colorful secondary characters the ones that are shoved in as replacements appear as caricatures and are super annoyingeven Jake s personality took a steep dive into shit , gone are the funny dialogues instead we get lines after lines of unfunny slapstick bantering , gone is the con plot HOW How can you mess up so bad and completely ignore the theme of the series , gone is the character development of the two MCs.I m sad because I was highly anticipating this book, I m sad because it left such sour taste in my mouth, I m sad because it wasn t supposed to go like thisand I m angryoh I am so fucking mad.The characters deserved so much better, the series deserved better, the readers deserved better.I wanted to have faith in Janet Evanovich but without Lee Goldberg this series is just plain awful I hope she will never touch this again unless the partnership is reinstalled.For what concerns me, this book never existed and is removed from the canon FINAL UPDATE Yeah I am gonna peace out on this one I ve read too many reviews that give credence to my initial fear that Lee Goldberg s absence translates to the book not feeling like a real Fox and O Hare story Maybe if he comes back I ll pick this series up again But for now, this series stops at book five for me And this book, I will treat it like I do The Godfather III movie in my world that movie doesn t exist UPDATE Well, nowhas the co author list FINAL UPDATE Yeah I am gonna peace out on this one I ve read too many reviews that give credence to my initial fear that Lee Goldberg s absence translates to the book not feeling like a real Fox and O Hare story Maybe if he comes back I ll pick this series up again But for now, this series stops at book five for me And this book, I will treat it like I do The Godfather III movie in my world that movie doesn t exist UPDATE Well, nowhas the co author listed as Peter Evanovich What happened to Raymond Benson Not that I even knew who Raymond Benson was nor ever read a word he wrote, but dammit I miss him already Sigh This has been tentatively downgraded from a MUST READ to a I ll wait and see Not sure who Raymond Benson is, but if Lee Goldberg s absence as a co author translates into a different feel of this book from the rest, then I might have to abandon this series Sigh I have read every book in this series, and have a few questions, what happened in the cliff hanger from book 5 and.hasn t Nick and Kate s relationship progressed This book felt like it should be 2 in the series and where was Nick s crew Why was Cosmo added to the storyline he was so annoying.The upside of this story was that the usual witty banter was there and the MacGyverish method of crime fighting I love Nick and Kate, their characters are so committed to their moral c I have read every book in this series, and have a few questions, what happened in the cliff hanger from book 5 and.hasn t Nick and Kate s relationship progressed This book felt like it should be 2 in the series and where was Nick s crew Why was Cosmo added to the storyline he was so annoying.The upside of this story was that the usual witty banter was there and the MacGyverish method of crime fighting I love Nick and Kate, their characters are so committed to their moral compass and the tension to break is hilarious The plot was interesting and felt current I love this series and hope this author brings back the method actor and the cast from the previous stories For some reason I thought that the fifth book in this series is the last one So when I found out there will be another one, I was in ecstasy People bound about Lee Goldberg not being on the deck, but to be honest I didn t care I haven t read any of his other books, I didn t see the difference Now I do Apparently, Lee Goldberg is responsible for all this brilliant humour in this series Without him, there is not much left in here Previous books are on the very edge of a parody and I love it For some reason I thought that the fifth book in this series is the last one So when I found out there will be another one, I was in ecstasy People bound about Lee Goldberg not being on the deck, but to be honest I didn t care I haven t read any of his other books, I didn t see the difference Now I do Apparently, Lee Goldberg is responsible for all this brilliant humour in this series Without him, there is not much left in here Previous books are on the very edge of a parody and I love it This one isyour casual comedy And not even a good one All those brilliant, intelligent, witty dialogues are completely gone With other books in this series I laughed out loud time after time Here I smiled from time to time and giggled once or twice But I also rolled my eyes and yawned Nothing left from this wonderful charm, this lightness and brightness of the previous books The dialogues are now really uninspiring and many times just meaningless They are there just to fill the pages Cosmo, who is probably supposed to be funny, only annoys me It s good we have Vicky who makes a better character saving the show And let s stop for a minute and look at Kate and Nick I can t believe I m saying this, but they are boring Yes, those fascinating characters with vivid personalities are actually pretty dull For some reason Kate is no longer your kick ass heroine who can deal with everything but some unconfident, clumsy amateur She needs constant Nick s guidance And he is happy to deliver, since he turns into some Chuck Norris on steroids Now, he is an expert in all the physical activities that used to be Kate s domain Whatever it is swimming, climbing, parachuting Nick is your man Kate is a bit disposable most of the story And don t get me wrong, I love Nick, but evenI love Nick AND Kate as a couple And speaking of that, what has happened to their relationship They had sex in the previous books They were dating And now, out of nowhere we are back to the square one Well, not even to square one but some odd situation where we don t really know what is going on The temperature of their relationship is somewhere between book one and book two Kate tolerates Nick, and he makes a pass at her from time to time but with no heart to it This discontinuity seriously bothers me There was this wonderful sexual tension between them in the previous books and now it s totally gone.And let s talk about the plot I would really like to know where to find one, because this book is in a serious need of some The plot line is sparse and feeble Kate and Nick wander between Hawaii, New Zealand and the Czech Republic basically without much purpose or plan For some reason I do not quite understand, they are engaged in searching for a missing specialist in AI Why a world class thief is needed for this is a mystery to me And let s say it clearly and soundly, there is no proper con in this story Yes, no con, if you don t count this weak attempt that barely covers two chapters and that we have already seen in the previous book Oh, and onething, there is also no our well known crew, just so you know.One last thing, because this bothers me a lot Seriously, what is with all these encyclopedic bits about Hawaii and New Zealand If I was so curious, I would just read Wikipedia The highest mountain, the area of the island and so on all those unnecessary and uninteresting titbits plus constant swoon over the beauty of Hawaii New Zealand Were the authors paid to include those parts Because they for sure look really forced and bizarre.If this book wasn t the same length as the others in this series, I would think this is just an in between novella It seriously feels like one There is no full cast of characters, some minor characters are given a chance, the plot is unlike the well known pattern and the general plot line like Kate and Nick relationship doesn t move a bit I m seriously disappointed After this book, I wish the series ended with the last one And that s something since I love this series I m giving 2.5 stars This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What happened to Nick and Kate The leads in this book are called Kate O Hare and Nick Fox, but aside from surface characteristics he s handsome She s an FBI agent they have NOTHING in common with the characters I ve grown attached to over the past five books The Big Kahuna suffers from a lack of everything that makes the previous installments good lack of a con, lack of a crew, lack of sassy banter, lack of amusing situations, and lack of character development I don t know if Evanovich What happened to Nick and Kate The leads in this book are called Kate O Hare and Nick Fox, but aside from surface characteristics he s handsome She s an FBI agent they have NOTHING in common with the characters I ve grown attached to over the past five books The Big Kahuna suffers from a lack of everything that makes the previous installments good lack of a con, lack of a crew, lack of sassy banter, lack of amusing situations, and lack of character development I don t know if Evanovich is tired of writing this series, but it sure reads that way She s so un invested in her own characters that she resorts to tired and repetitive descriptions of their reactions to events for example, I lost count of how many times Nick gave a crooked smile or Kate rolled her eyes We get it he s adorable and she s grumpy I ve been waiting for this book for YEARS Nick and Kate go undercover as a married couple Their relationship has always been one of the most compelling parts of the story for me watching how they interact, how they slowly let one another into their lives and hearts In book 4, Nick introduced Kate to Lucie in case things ever go badly In book 5, Kate admits she has serious feelings for Nick What happened to the man who kissed Kate and told her she was everything to him Because he is totally absent from TBK Same with the woman who was trying to come to terms with her commitment to her job vs her involvement with a felon The lead characters in this book occasionally have sex, but only after long chapters with scattered references to Nick basically pestering Kate to do it and her almost continually turning him down There s hardly a hint that she s even attracted to him, and definitely no hints at all as to anything deeper.Look, we all know that the romance between them was always the B plot heck, maybe even the C plot but it was there, it existed, and it was progressing Somewhere in the space of time from the end of The Pursuit to the start of The Big Kahuna both Nick and Kate had their minds wiped, at least as to their emotional connection to one another And all these complaints are front loaded before I confront the abysmal story.The plot, which is usually a rollicking ride of daring risks and laugh out loud humor, readslike passages from a Hawaiian guide book road map About halfway through I realized that I was bored the only reason I bothered to finish reading was the hope that there would be something recognizable about Nick and or Kate by the time the book ended Alas, dear readers, there was not Tl dr summary Fox and O Hare fans, don t bother with this one There s no scam, no romance, and no crew Any story you make up in your head about Nick and Kate will be far superior to this disappointing waste of time Disappointed so far I m on Chapter 10 in the audiobook Am I missing a newsflash about the timeline or something Kate and Nick were in love in the last book, and now there isn t even a glimmer of that It s like this is book 2 in the series not the latest installment No ounce of love or affection between Kate and Nick No comradery between Jake and Nick The characters turned into caricatures as if someone else entirely wrote the book Additionally, Cosmo is soooo over the top annoying he s n Disappointed so far I m on Chapter 10 in the audiobook Am I missing a newsflash about the timeline or something Kate and Nick were in love in the last book, and now there isn t even a glimmer of that It s like this is book 2 in the series not the latest installment No ounce of love or affection between Kate and Nick No comradery between Jake and Nick The characters turned into caricatures as if someone else entirely wrote the book Additionally, Cosmo is soooo over the top annoying he s not even cute and funny any you just want him to shut the hell up I feel like Annie Wilkes in Misery I keep saying things like, Do they think we ve got amnesia They were in love They re using money from their own undercover heists not government money Jake and Nick are very close HE DIDN T GET OUT OF THE COCKADOODIE CAAAR In order to restore my sanity and love for the series and audio narrator, to continue listening, I will attempt to lighten up, lower my anticipation and expectation levels, consider it book 2 in the series, and try to focus on funny moments along the way so it doesn t feel like a complete waste of my time Disappointed Fan UPDATE Can t do it I had to stop listening by the middle of Chapter 18I couldn t take the ridiculousness, the mindless slapstick UN FUNNY bantering, the completely wrong take on the characters These are NOT the characters from previous books This is NOT the intricately woven con of books past This Is Garbage And I m sorry I love the rest of her books If you can finish it, good for you If you re cringing as each chapter goes by, just stop I shudder at the thought of continuing, like I ll be angry at myself for wasting my timesuch as when I finished the third Hunger Games book or didn t leave the theater during Iron Man 2 SoooI m out And I feel good about it If you have never read any of the Fox and O Hare series you might like this It s an easy read and if you go into it with no expectations you might find it fun, but if you are expecting a Fox and O Hare adventure you willthan likely be saying WHAT and wondering what happened to the characters you fell in love with for 5 books My theory is Lee Goldberg did most or all of the writing on the other 5 books I m not sure that Peter Evanovich or even Janet Evanovich has read any of the If you have never read any of the Fox and O Hare series you might like this It s an easy read and if you go into it with no expectations you might find it fun, but if you are expecting a Fox and O Hare adventure you willthan likely be saying WHAT and wondering what happened to the characters you fell in love with for 5 books My theory is Lee Goldberg did most or all of the writing on the other 5 books I m not sure that Peter Evanovich or even Janet Evanovich has read any of the other books because the continuity issues are astounding view spoiler First of all, Nicholas Fox and Kate O Hare couldn t risk being seen traveling together on commercial flights or walking through airports where they might be recognized by law enforcement officers of captured on surveillance cameras The Chase chapter 3 That s the whole premise of the series Nick is helping the FBI while Kate is chasing him But now Nick is in Jessup s office in the FBI building like it s an everyday occurrence WHAT Secondly, where is our crew No Boyd No Willie Jake wasn t even Jake,like pod Jake In the other books Jake and Nick had a close relationship Here, maybe acquaintances Instead we are saddled with vapid one dimensional characters of Vicki and Cosmo Ugh Third, Nick and Kate s relationship We go from the end of The Scam and then all of The Pursuit of them being in a romantic relationship and now NOTHING I m sorry WHAT hide spoiler I don t know if they were under contract to get a 6th Fox and O Hare book out and Mr Goldberg wasn t available so they slapped something together but I would have beenthan happy to wait a little longer for a true Fox and O Hare adventure than this farce Please, I beg you, Ms Evanovich return these characters back to Lee Goldberg You readers deserve better Pretty dreadful, especially for anyone who has enjoyed the first five books in this series As further proof when doesever have a lower reader rating than Goodreads A Silicon Valley unicorn is missing, and Nick Fox and Kate O Hare are trying to find him, enlisting the help of a stoner, an Instagram supermodel, Jake, and an FBI desk jockey, who would never be allowed out in the field The zippy repartee is gone as is the magic between Kate and Nick although a trip to Hawaii is always a t Pretty dreadful, especially for anyone who has enjoyed the first five books in this series As further proof when doesever have a lower reader rating than Goodreads A Silicon Valley unicorn is missing, and Nick Fox and Kate O Hare are trying to find him, enlisting the help of a stoner, an Instagram supermodel, Jake, and an FBI desk jockey, who would never be allowed out in the field The zippy repartee is gone as is the magic between Kate and Nick although a trip to Hawaii is always a treat Peter Evanovich cannot carry Lee Goldberg s jock strap as a writer Shame on the publisher and on Janet Overall, a disappointing read After a slow and monotonous, not to mention arduous for both character and reader , trek through the Hawaiian backcountry, the story finally picks up the pace in the second half Unfortunately, that s just one of many disappointing aspects throughout the book The plot lacks substance, the main characters have different personalities from the previous books, and the minor characters are supposed to provide comic relief but fall short in that regard and wind up bei Overall, a disappointing read After a slow and monotonous, not to mention arduous for both character and reader , trek through the Hawaiian backcountry, the story finally picks up the pace in the second half Unfortunately, that s just one of many disappointing aspects throughout the book The plot lacks substance, the main characters have different personalities from the previous books, and the minor characters are supposed to provide comic relief but fall short in that regard and wind up being annoying tagalongs The laughs are few and far between, but there is redemption in the fact that there is the usual mayhem and madness along the way As a stand alone book, it s an okay and occasionally amusing mindless read, but as part of the series it s a miss `READ PDF ↱ The Big Kahuna ☠ A mysterious disappearance, an enormous fortune and a missing unicorn it s the weirdest and wildest challenge yet for Janet Evanovich s bestselling sleuths Fox O HareFBI Agent Kate O Hare plays by the rules Charming con man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along They re working together to tackle the out of bounds cases ordinary FBI agents can t touch And their relationship Well, there hasn t been so much explosive chemistry since Nitro was introduced to Glycerin Next up the mysterious disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire known as the Big Kahuna His model wife and shady business partner are interested in gaining control of his company than in finding him They need a dead body not a living Kahuna The only lead is the Kahuna s drop out son, who s living the dream in Hawaii To get close to him, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the surfer community For Kate, there is nothing horrifying than setting up house with Nick Fox If they don t catch a break soon, waves aren t going to be the only thing she ll be shredding or bedding