Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew - a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald - he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety. Straightforward enough – except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind….
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Von nemo42 Am hilfreichsten 15.08.2011
Captain Smith is thrilled to finally command a space ship, but his new assignment turns out quite different than he expected. Soon he must defend himself, his motley crew, and indeed the second British Empire itself from aliens, fanatics and even hippies. All that with little more than a strong belief in common decency, waxed mustaches, and a stiff upper lip. But of course an officer and gentleman rises to the challenge - if it occasionally results in savage mayhem, well, these blokes had it coming, hadn't they?
Toby Frost's imaginative story has everything you expect from a space opera, and is chock-a-block full of SciFi genre references - can you spot them all? Clive Catteral also does a brilliant job of bringing the quirky characters to life.
The book is still hilarious the second time. All in all well worth a try, and I hope there will be more of this soon!