The Adventures of Nick and Billy

Billy feels the log he’s resting against shift slightly, and hears the loud crack of a branch being broken off. He watches Lufroy’s shadow above the surface as it moves on the other side of the log, all the while hoping that Lufroy doesn’t use the branch he just broke off as a club to pound him and Nick. Suddenly he feels a weight land on his lap, knowing instantly that it’s the snake he saw resting above him just before he laid back in the water. Billy can feel the wiggling movement as the snake swims up his body, and he stares up, wide-eyed, as its lower jaw stops right above his eyes! Using the same strategy as the boys’ to conceal itself, the snake is submerged and, obviously, it thinks it’s resting on a log. But, the problem is that the snake’s body is resting on Billy’s chin, neck, and chest and it takes every bit of his self-control to remain motionless and not gulp in a lung full of water. All he can do is watch as the snake scrutinizes the strange creature above that has disturbed its rest. Fortunately for Billy, the snake is more cautious than curious and it decides to make a slow retreat deeper into the safety of the swamp. As he watches the snake slither over his face, Billy breathes a deep sigh of relief through the stem of the water lily and once again counts his blessings.

It's the first day of summer in the swamps of South Louisiana. Twelve-year-old Cajun boys Billy Boudreaux and Nick Landry are preparing their "Swamp Camp" for an upcoming camp out when they encounter the elderly Mr. Pierre as he makes a mad dash to escape the legendary swamp monster, Rougarou. Breathless and terrified, he vows to abandon his home in the swamps of Pierre Part, Louisiana, and to never return. Doubtful that the creature is anything more than a myth and wanting to help their neighbor, Billy and Nick set out to solve The Mystery of the Rougarou. In the course of their adventure, they stumble upon the hideout of an escaped convict, Lufroy Aucoin, and his dimwitted cousin, Gator Bait. To make matters worse members of the hillbilly mafia, run by the ruthless Roscoe Clinton, will be arriving soon to purchase the stolen property Lufroy has stock piled at this remote location. After being captured, our young heroes must use all the skills and knowledge they have of this dangerous environment to not only make their escape, but to survive what will be the most difficult challenges they have ever faced. The boys will introduce you to the unique beauties of the swamp, unfortunately, with beauty, comes danger.
Award Winning Author Michael Hoard grew up in Southern Louisiana where he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Currently University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for two years as an Art Major. A 9 to 5 career in an office was completely forgotten when he got that first summer job working the back deck of a seismic survey boat on the Gulf of Mexico. He has remained in the oilfield and on the Gulf his entire adult life.

ByMoonon October 11, 2016
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I have to say you depicted the area and the people down here in the swamp better than anyone else has. Your book was wonderful and it stirred feelings up that everyone down here has had at one or more times in their life. Its sad to say that this a fairly common problem we have with getting lost in the swamps. I would give it a six if there was more. Please tell me that we will hear more from the Landry and Boudreaux boys.

ByJim Blackon September 15, 2017
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This is a book that I can relate to on a lot of levels. I didn't grow up in a swamp, but, as a kid, spent a lot of time on my grandparent's farm, as well as in the woods as a Boy Scout and on my own. I can remember building forts and shelters in the woods with my friends and making up adventures that kept us in the woods for hours at a time. From my father I learned how to respect and appreciate the outdoors. I learned the best ways to make shelters, observe the creatures in their natural habitat and what plants I could and couldn't eat, and their other uses, such as first aid purposes and remedies, much like Nick and Billy knew the swamp and how to use it to their advantage. Reading The Mystery of the Rougarou took me back, several times, to younger days. And the lessons Michael writes in the story about family and neighborly love, friendship, teamwork, perseverance, etc, are lessons that we all need to learn, or be reminded of. I would highly recommend this book to young readers. In fact, I've ordered copies to donate to some of the school libraries in my small town. I would also recommend this book to middle-aged guys like myself, who were once Nick and/or Billy, and anyone who has ever had great adventures. Great job, Michael!

ByLouisiana Book Newson December 11, 2016
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Quite a unique tale, following 12-year-old Cajun boys Billy Boudreaux and Nick Landry at their “Swamp Camp” who try to solve the mystery of a Cajun legend..

ByE. Riveron July 6, 2017
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The Adventures of Nick and Billy: The Mystery of the Rougarou is a fun, fast-paced adventure set in the swamps of South Louisiana. It follows the mis-adventure of two young boys whose love for exploration leads them on a journey through the wilderness where they face not only the dangers of nature, but the darkness of humankind.You should read this book if you are a fan of classic adventure novels, and coming-of-age tales. Hoard’s fantastic plot through the the swamps of Southern Louisiana is a really good story. It twists and turns at just the right moments, never drags, and reaches a heart-pounding climax that makes the pages fly by.
-Elle Michael River

.0 out of 5 starsI loved the plot and the detailed descriptions of characters and ...
ByMarkon October 18, 2016
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I loved the plot and the detailed descriptions of characters and setting. Perhaps some young people will be motivated to reconnect with nature and step away from social media and gaming for awhile. Hope the next Nick and Billy mystery is in the works.

5.0 out of 5 starsMystery of the Rougarou
ByAnita Websteron March 5, 2017
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I loved the plot. You have depicted exactly what young Cajun boys would do in their free time. Whether it be hunting, fishing or chasing down a possible Rougarou. You have an amazing eye for detail. I can't wait to see what adventure these boys go on in your next book. Great job!!

4.0 out of 5 starsNostalgic !
ByBob Dwyeron March 14, 2017
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Well written ! It brings you back to your own childhood. No. Matter what part of the country you are from. At that age in your life the world is there for taking with that special friend.
Recommended reading for all ages. Great story.

5.0 out of 5 starsThis is what reading is all about: Well Worth the Time to Read & Enjoy
ByTar Heelon October 15, 2016
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I enjoyed the adventures of Nick and Billy, as they journeyed through the swamp. I hated the few times I had to put this book down. It is a book I will read again and that says a lot about the quality of the writing. I found the characters the good and evil ones to be an integral part of the story. The Mystery of the Rougarou: A Nick Landry and... by Michael Hoard is suspenseful, adventurous and a well written story.

This book is what reading is all about. Getting lost in the swamp and the characters. Definately, hoping this becomes a series!