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Ack-Ack Macaque Mass Market Paperback – December 25, 2012

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About the Author

Gareth L. Powell was born in Bristol, England. He is the author of the recent SF novel Silversands, and the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Last Reef. His work has been published in magazines all over the world and featured in a number of recent anthologies, including Shine (Solaris, 2010).  In 2007, his short story ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ won the Interzone Readers' Poll for best short story of the year. Gareth lives in the English West Country with his wife and two daughters, and can be found online at:

"Gareth Powell is going to be a major voice in... SF"
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"Utterly Impossible to put down."
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (December 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080603
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Smith on March 11, 2013
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Cyberpulp: A mix of cyberpunk and old fashioned pulp magazine adventure.

That's what I thought of, while reading Gareth L. Powell's Ack-Ack Macaque.

You've got Victoria Valois, a former journalist with a brain that is over 50% 'gelware,' and K8, a teenage, Scottish hacker. Just a few of the cyberpunk elements.

And what says "Pulp adventure" more than a cigar smoking, nazi fighting, foul language spewing monkey?

I always worry about giving away too much of the story (and you can always read about that in Amazon's book description, anyway), so I will simply say that three separate story lines quickly become two, and eventually merge into one. The plot moves quickly; filled with a great cast of characters and plenty of twists.

Powell's writing is crisp and clean; it doesn't get bogged down, as so much sci-fi can. He has penned a rollicking adventure with both the best elements of William Gibson and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

As a bonus, you have the original Ack-Ack Macaque short story.

I loved this story, and hope to see more of the eye-patched, gun-wielding monkey in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dakota J Lenz on May 5, 2013
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So there I was, perusing the new Science Fiction paperbacks when I saw him: a monkey with an eye patch, smoking a cigar, chrome revolver in one hand, grenade launcher in the other, dressed head to toe as a bomber pilot. And then I read the title: Ack-Ack Macaque.

A cover like that guarantees you are going to have one helluva time. I was sold.

The story follows the struggles of three protagonists trying to uncover a mystery that is both highly personal and globally significant. Besides Ack-Ack Macaque, it is told through the perspective of Victoria Valois, a Paris-born journalist who has returned to London to investigate the murder of her husband, and His Royal Highness Prince Merovech, heir to the British throne, who has become tired of the responsibility and attention of nobility and wishes to live a simpler life.

At first glance the characters may sound a little stock (well not Ack-Ack), but trust me, they aren't. The three have enough complexity to move past the common cliches and become well developed characters. I also admit that when reading a novel written from several perspectives, there is a temptation to skip over the more boring of narrators. Fortunately, this was not a problem while reading Ack-Ack Macaque, because while the protagonists share a crucial similarity (I won't spoil what it is), each individual voice is unique and equally fascinating.

There is, in fact, never a moment you want to skip ahead, because every turn of the page may present an unexpected twist or take you somewhere new, and often that somewhere is about to be blown up.

Which brings me to my next thought on the writing: The action. Is is brilliant. It is powerful, fluid, and intense.
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Ack-Ack Macaque (Ack-Ack Macaque #1) by Gareth L Powell was recently named the joint recipient of the British Science Fiction Association’s best novel award for works published in 2013. High honours indeed, and given the competition it was up against one can only ask: was it deserved? All I can say for sure is that I certainly enjoyed it very much.

Ack-Ack Macaque came to my attention before its original release in 2013. I’d read Powell’s earlier work, both his Silversands novella and his full-length novel, The Recollection, and enjoyed both. The Recollection came across as a very easy-to-read space opera, spanning multiple star systems and big ideas. It reminded me very much of Eric Brown’s work, an author whom I admire greatly – and that’s no small praise. Powell didn’t pull it off completely successfully, but there was enough promise within its pages to hint at something greater.

And this leads us to Ack-Ack Macaque. I’ll be honest and say that when this was announced as Powell’s next novel I wasn’t overly thrilled. The synopsis suggested an alternate history/future novel that mashes itself with various other genres to deliver the story, and I really didn’t think it would be my cup of tea. Following the BSFA announcement I picked up the novel to browse, interested to find out a little more about it, but ended up a quarter of the way through before I realised – and the story had so much more to offer than I initially expected.

Rather than complicate matters by giving my rambling synopsis, let’s start with this one from the publisher:

In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain’s best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed ‘Ack-Ack Macaque.
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Do you like an alternative future with giant dirigibles, a cigar-chomping monkey, and lots of shoot-em-up action? Then Ack-Ack Macaque is right up your alley! Gareth Powell introduces a United Kingdom that is slightly larger than the one we know. Shortly after WW2, England and France decided they were better together and created an expanded kingdom.

Much of this history parallels ours, but several technological differences are evident. Giant dirigibles travel the world, serving as a primary means of shipping, and existing as sovereign states. Most significantly, the process of augmenting brain power is expanding, leading to the ability to give a monkey human-like intelligence, and to load a complete human personality into "gelware."

When the monkey, the crown prince, a dirigible captain, a journalist, and others team up to uncover and thwart a plot to usurp the throne (in a way), start a major world war, and reshape the human race, there is no shortage of adventure and action. Powell writes with wit, an ear for action, and a snarky attitude. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.
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