Book Review: ‘Florida Man’ by Mike Baron

Being that I am a true Florida Man and a fan of Mike Baron’s comic book work over the years, I wanted to give this a read. However, when it was first announced, I thought it was going to be a comic book and I think that version of this story is still forthcoming but what this is here is a novel.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the story, Baron’s humor comes through on every page and he does a pretty solid job of encapsulating the characteristics of good ol’ boys form the Sunshine State.

Honestly, Gary and his pals remind me of some of my uncles that were always in and out of my life, up to one scheme or another, as I grew up on the edge of the Everglades on both coasts of Florida.

There is a lot that happens in this book and it all happens at a pretty rapid pace. That being said, I thought that the general pacing was fine and there weren’t any dull moments but some things felt like they didn’t need to be wedged into the story.

For a comedic tale about the Florida Man, a lot of this feels ripped from the headlines but I don’t feel that every bonkers scenario was necessary. This is a pretty long book, as it comes in at 470 pages. But I’m also saying this as someone without a lot of free time on their hands and who has de-evolved into having the attention span of a chihuahua on speed. But that’s my personal problem and I blame the whiskey, beer, Colorado edibles and all the red meat.

I like good, quick reads. However, my personal preference might not be yours and you might want to delve into this for a longer period of time.

In the end, I still enjoyed it cover to cover. Florida Man is a pretty amusing tale that could honestly happen to just about any real Florida Man in my home state.

Rating: 7.5/10
Pairs well with: Mike Baron’s comic book work.