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Dave Agans
Bikini Cowgirls of the Urban Legion
Dave Agans, author
Years after Meg Brecker’s scuba-diving boyfriend is scooped up by a firefighting plane, she returns incognito to investigate the crime scene. Spear-gun-wielding dolphins attack; Meg escapes and collapses on a Galveston beach. So much for going incognito—she wakes up surrounded by the cast of the Next Bikini Cowgirl reality show, and the discovery launches her and the cowgirls into the viral stratosphere. Meg links the show to her boyfriend’s demise and joins as a contestant to find the motive. As she pits her cowgirl skills against talented rivals, can she avoid her own demise and uncover the nefarious Bikini Cowgirl plot before it reaches its must-see-TV climax? Bikini Cowgirls of the Urban Legion envisions hilarious conspiracies behind the news, entertainment media, and not-so-legendary urban legends. You’ll even learn the fragile truth about mimes.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10


Plot: Bikini Cowgirls of the Urban Legion—the second in a series—is a novel as absurdly outrageous as the title promises. Satire and adventure collide as a heroine looking for answers winds up in the middle of a reality television show.

Prose/Style: Agans’s prose is wryly humorous and engaging, with worldbuilding solid enough to make the often ridiculous circumstances feel convincing.

Originality: Agans’s novel is about as original as it can get, and will prove a memorable read for its audience.

Character/Execution: While more conceptually driven, the characterizations are admirably nuanced. In addition to its satire, the novel offers honest insight and heart.

Date Submitted: August 30, 2020