California Fever

By John J. Jacobson
Read by Grover Gardner

4.78 Hours 10/01/2007 unabridged
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Dolphin Smoote is the leader of the “Surf Dawgs,” a group of young, ultra-cool Southern California surfers who observe the True Surfers’ Code. The code, which dates from the heyday of sixties surf culture, dictates that whether they are riding waves, chasing girls, or facing other challenges, they have to be both “casual” and “radical.” Dolphin is smitten with the new girl from out of town and longs to impress her, but acquiring a job would interfere with his casual, radical lifestyle. When his crime-writing aunt Clementine leaves him her beach home for the summer—an unusual old house designed to ward off ghosts—Dolphin sees the perfect solution to his problems. But his real problems are just beginning, as he and the Dawgs find themselves facing ghosts, a rival surf gang, and a high-tech crime mystery that even Aunt Clemmie would be proud of.

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Summary

Summary

Dolphin Smoote is the leader of the “Surf Dawgs,” a group of young, ultra-cool Southern California surfers who observe the True Surfers’ Code. The code, which dates from the heyday of sixties surf culture, dictates that whether they are riding waves, chasing girls, or facing other challenges, they have to be both “casual” and “radical.”

Dolphin is smitten with the new girl from out of town and longs to impress her, but acquiring a job would interfere with his casual, radical lifestyle. When his crime-writing aunt Clementine leaves him her beach home for the summer—an unusual old house designed to ward off ghosts—Dolphin sees the perfect solution to his problems. But his real problems are just beginning, as he and the Dawgs find themselves facing ghosts, a rival surf gang, and a high-tech crime mystery that even Aunt Clemmie would be proud of.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] fresh and wacky look at the Southern California beach and surf culture [that] captures something of the ethos of Tom Wolfe’s Pump House, but in an extended and comical way…[Grover Gardner] whimsically nails the surf dialect…and drolly captures the other characters.” Craig Black, Publisher

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Author Bio: John J. Jacobson

John J. Jacobson spent much of his youth on the beaches and riding the waves of Southern California, Hawaii, and Mexico during the classic days of the surf culture. Like many of that generation, he attended a number of schools, “cramming four years of college into ten.” Among others degrees, he has an MA in literature from Claremont Graduate University. He lives in western Washington, where he occasionally enjoys the frosty waves of the Northwest.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English