I think that Manco talked way too much in the novel. The relationship between him and Shadrach is a lot of fun though. Another one of Manco’s bromances.
And then there’s Apachito. My God, is he a riot. I loved how hammy and pompous he was, and yet he screamed like a girl at a moth-eaten lion. He was really entertaining to read about.
There’s that vivid chase scene with the flash flood, that was cool.
I thought the circus element was new and interesting. I couldn’t quite see Manco willingly becoming a circus act, though.