I received this book from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.
I'm not going to lie, when I first saw The Marauders by Tom Cooper on Blogging for Books I thought it might have something to do with Harry Potter. It doesn't, but it still sounded interesting. It's about life for about eight men after Katrina and the BP oil spill. This isn't something I would usually choose, but I figure I have to read something other than YA every now and then.
After the BP oil spill in the Gulf coast the people who made a living shrimping find themselves in trouble. The horrible circumstances mark the beginning of a lot of bad decisions. There isn't really a main character, but all the stories center around Gus Lindquist. He's a one-armed, pill-addicted treasure hunter. He comes across a set of criminal twins, an insurance agent who hates his own ties to the Gulf, a father and son who lost their wife/mother in Hurricane Katrina, and a couple of men trying to make money the easy way. As the story goes along the stories all intertwine, which was possibly the most interesting part of the book.
I definitely don't think I would have picked this book up by myself. I don't tend to read books with the POV of males, I don't read realistic fiction usually, and I don't usually read stuff set now. All three of those things are how this book is written, so it's no surprise that I wasn't a big fan.
The book is really well written. Tom Cooper is a great author, so if this book sounds like something you'd like I'd highly recommend it. On the other hand, it got boring at some points and none of the characters are particularly strong in the area of common sense which is just hard to read sometimes.
It definitely wasn't as action packed as I was expecting it to be, but it's definitely not the worst thing I've read (or anywhere near it). A solid 3/5 stars.