Kracker Flats, a story of a family living in an affluent, deed restricted community, trapped after hurricane Kate levels Tampa Bay. To survive, they must rely upon a band of indigents living in a Hudson, Florida junkyard.
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New Port Richey Author Publishes Florida Hurricane Novel
Mario Iezzoni recently penned his second novel, Kracker Flats, a story of a family living in an affluent, deed restricted community, trapped after hurricane Kate strikes Tampa Bay. To survive, they must rely upon a band of indigents living in a Hudson, Florida junkyard.
“I wanted to write something local, along the lines of Carl Hiassen’s quirky stories,” said Mario, a New Port Richey resident. “It starts with a poker game in the Matador Room at the Hacienda Hotel in New Port Richey. There is wager a between a crafty old lady, a Pasco County Commissioner, and a landowner with a fishbone permanently stuck in his throat. But the bet isn’t money. It’s for title to a limestone mine, a permit to build a flea market, and a signed marriage certificate.”
The story came to Mario during hurricane Charley, when it was predicted to strike New Port Richey, but missed.
“I expected the lights to go out any second,” Mario said. “And it got me thinking. How would my neighbors survive should a hurricane make a direct hit, isolating Pasco County residents for a prolonged period? I bet not very well.”
Mario says the plot took on a colorful twist when he included, Krackers—the community of indigents you often see milling along Highway 19, panhandling, pushing shopping carts loaded with belongings. “For them, each day was about scrounging enough beer and cigarette money to last the weekend. Nothing else mattered. They seemed best suited to survive a hurricane, since they were already hardened individuals. How could their lives get any worse?”
“As I wrote this story, it became a bit too serious,” Mario said. “My protagonist, Marci Lindum, living in her pristine Trinity Meadows neighborhood, started focusing on what was wrong with her marriage as the hurricane approached. And Dale Carter, riding out the storm in his junkyard, reeling from the recent death of his mother, longed for a lost love . . . So I spiced it up with a decrepit alligator with missing teeth that attacks when you’re not expecting it. I added deformed piglets, that a Kracker named Critter breeds and sells to the carnies for freak shows. And a flea market that becomes the central place to barter for pilfered storm debris.”
The person Mario thinks readers will enjoy is Fifty-Cal Gal. She’s a leathered, fowl-mouth, tobacco-chewing, troubled dyke, covered with tattoos and body piercings with a vendetta. Fifty-Cal lugs a .50 caliber machine gun bolted to the bed of her deuce-and-a-half, and services as the henchman for the junkyard owner, Dale Carter, who cares for the Krackers.
“It’s Fifty-Cal, that is the link between the between the two protagonists, Marci Lindum and Dale Carter,” hints Mario.
“And of course there are several other colorful characters to hold your interest,” Mario said. “There’s a villain named Deuce, who is holed up inside a Pasco strip club searching for a missing Oxycodone shipment. And a bratty teenage daughter who cannot fathom her homecoming game was cancelled.”
Kracker Flats is now available at Amazon in hardback or Kindle, Kobo, and your favorite e-reader devices. You won’t regret this fun, local story.
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