Howard Anderson has had a varied life: He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam, worked on fishing boats in Alaska, in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, as a truck driver in Houston, and a scriptwriter in Hollywood, and, after gaining a law degree, became legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission. He is currently a defense attorney in New Mexico, where he defends Mexican nationals charged with crimes north of the border.
"This debut novel from a 69-year-old New Mexico lawyer is rich in
commentary on weighty themes: power, fear, prejudice, and the fluid
nature of good and evil. Most of all, Albert is a charming and
compelling hero with the strength to honor his convictions while
inventing a new life for himself. Readers who enjoy contemporary
fiction with shades of social/political commentary will appreciate
"Memorable . . . lively . . . quick to satisfy with old-fashioned pleasures: action, adventure, fast friends, and unlikely heroes."
"Trust me. You will love this book and will find yourself reading passages aloud to your loved ones, maybe even to the dog."--Hudson Valley News
"Remember the poignant beauty of The Wind in the Willows? Take those characters, switch them with wombats, wallabies, dingos, a Tasmanian devil and a platypus, and then give everyone a firearm."--The Tennessean
"Charming....Join Albert the platypus on a delightful, sometimes harrowing, road trip in Australia during which many things happen-not all of them good."--Shelf Awareness
"The sort of book for which summers on the Vineyard were created...Enough hijinks ensue to insure a sunburn, as the reader tries to get in just one more chapter before having to move to the shade."--NY Journal of Books
"One of the highest compliments a reviewer could inflict on a novel, for example, would be the sentence 'I have never read anything remotely like this, and I am older than dirt.' Which is a phrase I find that I have to use for Howard Anderson's ALBERT OF ADELAIDE... Unique... refreshing... unforgettable."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Quirky ... A rollicking adventure story and ultimately an exploration of the nature of prejudice."--Washington Post
"Totally original, genre-bending... [Howard L. Anderson has]hit a home run his first time up at the plate...one of those delightful and absorbing narratives that can be taken on a number of levels... You won't soon forget the time you spend with Albert of Adelaide."--Bookloons.com
"Howard L. Anderson's novel is an uproarious introduction to the menagerie of characters living just outside our enclosures."--Barnes and Noble
"If Larry McMurtry had written Wind in the Willows, he might have come up with something almost as wonderful and moving as Howard Anderson's Albert of Adelaide. This is a novel that defies analysis and summaries. Trust me. Just read it."--Mary Doria Russell, New York Times bestselling author of The Sparrow and Doc
"Required reading....If you've been searching for an old-fashioned Western with a platypus protagonist, wait no more."--The New York Post
"Funny, touching, and entertaining. Most of all, though, it's unique. Howard L. Anderson's gun-slinging platypus is a whimsical addition to the tradition of beast epics, and, in an industry sometimes enamored of clich s, Albert of Adelaide is one of the most imaginative books published in years."--Fiction Writers Review
"The novel really is at its heart a wonderfully uplifting tale of friendship, survival, and healing, against the most aggravating of obstacles. Once Albert has waddled onto store shelves in paperback, I fully expect book groups around the country to gleefully tear it apart, especially book groups with an emphasis on civic engagement."--Timestage Embassy
"A pleasing adventure through the outback that tackles big themes while celebrating both friendship and independence.... Anderson has built a desert world that could be scary for a lone zoo platypus-thankfully, he is never quite alone, and his story will leave readers smiling."
"[Albert] is a delightful character who discovers he can be more than an object to be stared at in a cage."--Kingman Daily Miner