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Expert Assistance Paperback – January 31, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a story that flaunts its Harrison heritage with affection and pride. It is written with the same flair and confidence that you find in Harrison when he lays his ethical and political principals aside in order to have a bit of a romp on the spaceways.
Given when this book was written, I would have appreciated the occasional nod to contemporary SF - indeed there are a number of occasions where the author could have (but perhaps forbore to) had a dig at the worthy pseudo-accurate science of so-called "hard SF". Blindness to anything beyond a genre that is as self-consciously ringfenced as this could so easily lead to a kind of sulky neo-luddism. Not so here; the pace of the narrative and the agreeably pulpy lightness of the characters carried me along.
If I really scrape around for criticisms, they would be about pacing and padding. There are a number of fairly lengthy segments which while well written could be completely removed with no loss whatsoever.Read more ›
Going from being broke and having no opportunity to redeem yourself to having two opposing gigs is something that can really throw you off stride. When one job entails protection of a seriously spoiled Diva, and the other entails helping a rebellion to succeed on a compromised planet, how do you choose the one most important. Or do you?
Jake Bonner is a down and out spaceship pilot. He is in hock and only has a ship because it was abandoned in space where he was able to connect to the ships computer, Odin. Without Odin, most of what Jake has accomplished would not have been possible. All the same, Jake is in trouble. He is unable to pay his debts so when Odin is able to secure him not just one job but two; he is ready to take charge.
Evvie Martini, a young pop star, is his initial workload. He is to chauffeur her and keep her safe during her tour. When her tour just happens to coincide with his second opportunity it seems like luck is smiling with him. Daniel and Clarissa Rosen need help overthrowing the dictatorial ruler of their planet. This is more to Jakes liking and abilities, but the money is necessary from his chauffeuring gig. In between concerts and tours, Jake is hard at work helping the Rosen's along the way on their rebellion. Keeping the two jobs separate is really becoming an issue, and when Evvie finds out what he is up to there is no stopping her. She is now convinced that the publicity she would receive by being involved in helping in the rebellion will give her better standing with her fans, and when her parents and publicist agree, Jake is in for the time of his life.Read more ›
Sit back and imagine, if you will, a story where Lazarus Long, Hannah Montanna, and Marvin the Paranoid Android on prozac get together to liberate a planet. Got that image in your head? Sounds like fun doesn't it? Yep. Reading it was fun, too.
Jake, the main character is something of a cross between Han Solo and Lazarus Long. Like Han he's in financial trouble. Like Lazarus he seems to have seen and done everything at least once. And like both of them he exudes a sense of fond grouchiness at the naive-cute-and-fuzzy-puppy types that keep tripping through his life.
Like Lazarus, Jake has a sentient computer/spaceship with a brain the size of a planet. This one is not depressed, but does seem to have a dry sense of humor and irony sensors on overdrive. Odin, in addition to knowing basically everything that ever was recorded, also has teleporter technology, can build almost anything, and crack basically any code. As you can imagine, Odin is a very good friend to have. Odin was built as a military vessel. He became sentient and decided he did not want to be a warship. Jake found him floating abandoned in the middle of space, probably bought him some fuel, and the two have been together since.
And now, looking for some fast money, Jake has a new job. Two new jobs really. One is shuttling Evvie Martini (Hannah Montanna, down to her dyed hair) from gig to gig. The other is helping the people of Antioch Two throw off Sordius Maxi, the owner of their planet.
Of course, eventually Evvie finds out about the revolution, gets involved, and a cute little tale that can be described as "Yay Liberty!" ensues. The story is more or less the fictional equivalent of kettle corn.Read more ›
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Jake Bonner is given a task he is not at all pleased to undertake. However, his more intelligent computer counterpart named Odin insists he use the odd jobs to help pay off his... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matthew E Nordin
Jake, his computer and a pop star who he wants nothing to do with. What could possibly go wrong?
Do yourself a favour and buy this book now.
Jake is a space jockey for hire. Odin is his self-aware super spaceship computer. Evvie is the pop star he has to escort on her music tour so he can pay off his debts to get to... Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Coral Russell