What RW says
Another bawdy scathing scifi lampoon of big business, the law and its processes. For adults only, and only those who are not easily offended!
This is the fourth in the Dan series. We find our hero still trying to discover what SCT, the company he found himself in charge of after the last assassination attempt,
actually does, and his mission is to turn it around whilst trying not to be killed again by the Temporal Conduct Authority, who have decided he needs to be
returned to his correct place in time and space (i.e. dead).
But people don't die in this universe, they simply switch into another body and location. Usually, memories are erased when this happens, but not so with Tom, or any of the other eccentric characters who appear to be plaguing his life.
We see the return of the Skagans, now reduced to working in Security, Kara, the cross-wired female android, the Magus, a lot more hairy than previously, and working on a cure which has more side effects than results, Caryl and Amber, Montague Errorcode and some new characters such as Mrs Tuesday, the tea-lady with the answers to everything if anyone would listen, and the detectives Bott and Scaly.
Again, this is not beep-beep science fiction but a sarcastic lusty romp through everything wrong with business and life today.
What the Readers Say
"All the satire and expectation of 'Into the Fourth Universe' has been built on and taken into the next level, with familiar organisations and processes being ridiculed to the limit now, from the Greedy Universal Taxation Service to the idea of shutting down the Government completely and privatising the services it funds - e.g. if you need to call out the military, you have to give them your credit card number first - what a great way to stop wars completely - and everything hinges around an easy-going bovine creature. The yo-ho-ho references on the cover come in the form of the hirsute 'Neckbeard the Pirate', whose battle-cry is 'We take what we can't pay for, but only as long as it will fit in the boot of the Hynishota Pig-Ugly.'"
"Where to start...!
Okay, here goes. I'm normally a huge fan of scary thrillers that leave me sitting on the edge of my seat and scared of my own shadow. I fell off my seat (I hasten to add through laughter) while reading this hilariously funny book. Having worked for a huge corporation, I could relate to everything the author described... albeit exaggerated (just a tiny bit). Love the SCT reference; now who could that be, I ask?
I met Tom Two (aka Dan $smith (sic)) for the first time; what a character he is and what a crazily insane bunch of folk (oh and weird animal-like things) that work with him, are friends with him (especially Magus who is now a hairy, smelly ball of fur due to Dokuvirus)) and are trying to capture him. Oh, there's a six-legged cat as well (Hexacat). Anyway, Tom has set himself the SMART (Senseless, Mind-numbing, Abstract, Retrograde and Throwaway) objective of turning the company around and finding out where all the money has gone. Not quite as simple as it sounds though... There's so much madness in this hilarious book but there honestly is a story too. Poor Tom, that's what I say. Everybody and everything (yep weird alien like thingies) are hunting him down. He's accused in Court of breaking the laws of time and not being dead. Hmm, not an easy one to get out of, especially when the judge sentences him to return to his place of origin in Time and Universe stating that if he dies in one, he must die in all of the others. I guess that you'll have to buy the book to find out whether Tom escapes (or is perhaps rescued) but before I go, let me share just a few of the hilarities with you:
Landscapeleave - love it!
Local supermarket is Asteswaywaiburys
Betty Turpin-Tosser, secretary Badloserlot Lotteries - what a fabulous job title.
GUTS - The Grasping Universal Taxation Service - says it all really!
Oh, the list is endless. You will laugh and laugh and laugh. It really is a fabulous book and if it made a miserable old thriller lover like me smile, it will definitely make you giggle too!