Shared ideas come alive


The first novel co-written by humarists Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel.

Shelby Young and Shelby Young

Two Jewish men on a mission: Internationals terrorists? Perhaps. Dumb? Definitely not. Well, maybe one of them.

Philip Horkman and Jeffrey Peckerman are two Jewish men from New Jersey who are accused of being international terrorists after a small soccer incident. Traveling all around the world, the situation becomes worse as time goes on. The two start out as enemies who hate each other with a passion but end up as friends.

Peckerman is a stubborn jerk that uses foul language constantly, has anger issues and is quite racist. Horkman is a typical guy; a former alcoholic who falls for a nun who is on a clothing-optional cruise.

“Lunatics” is full of controversy, adult topics, strong language and even sexual jokes. Co-writers Dave Barry, a humor columnist for the Miami Herald, and Alan Zweibel, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” come together for the first time to write a story. Barry wrote the character of Jeffrey Peckerman while Zweibel wrote the part of Philip Horkman.

The book is set up chapter by chapter. It goes back and forth between Peckerman’s and Horkman’s point of view. Occasionally a chapter is dedicated to throwing in the news reports that go along with the story. In these news chapters, two to three reporters give their take on the current plot.

This book is for people who have a sense of humor and who can handle discussing important issues. Such issues include racism, terrorism, religion and sex. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and is definitely a page-turner.

I loved reading “Lunatics” and it made me laugh. I got most of the jokes and even though the humor was strong and a bit controversial, it was quite enjoyable. I did not personally connect with any of the characters but I did like their personalities.

The rights for the movie have been sold to Universal Studios and have been put into motion. The screenplay is being written but the release date is unknown. Steve Carell has been asked to star in the movie so be sure to look out for it in the next couple of years.

I would recommend that everyone go and pick up a copy of this book. You can purchase it for about $25 at Barnes and Noble or order it online at

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