- File Size: 768 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005AJBC9O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,226,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel Kindle Edition
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Government conspiracy at its best, Joe Crubaugh creates an all too possible world in Terminal Departure. A world where some of the most powerful governments on the planet are controlled by a secret international association made up of the world's elite. On top of that, alien watchers really do abduct people and the deaths of a couple of hundred innocent people are justified by the need to control the populace. With keep you on the edge of your seat action, this book will have even the most unbelieving readers turning the pages to see what happens next.
Written with the spirit of Christopher Buckley over his shoulder, Joe Crubaugh knows how to spin a tale of political satire. The main characters are quirky but entertaining. The secondary characters are sometimes frightening but definitely interesting. All in all, this was a great read. I thank the author for providing me with a review copy and I give the book five stars.
The dialogue includes gems like this (between Matts and the starlet sitting beside him on a plane he's trying to keep from blowing up):
"That's the dumbest thing I've ever hear." She close her magazine and slid it into the pocket ahead of her. "Joking aside, what do you really do?"
"When I'm not mushing?"
"Yes," she smiled, wearily. "When you're not...mushing."
"I'm a shepherd," he said. "And, sometimes, I'm a topless waitress."
She glanced lower. "You don't have the chest for it."
"I only moonlight as a topless waitress."
"Lots of tips?"
"You'd be surprised," he said.
It made me laugh. Humor is hard to come by, especially in any sort of book other than one that is only funny when it isn't supposed to be. Now, I will provide one warning. The president of the United States is depicted as seeking solace in the shower via a little one-hand mambo. So if that goes too far off the cheeky end for you, consider yourself warned. Read it! Review it! Share it!
Cleo Matts is sometimes on the loopy side of eccentric, which makes him all the more appealing as a hero. Movie star Julia is unique for Hollywood in that she's pretty down-to-earth; but typical in that her Hollywood marriage is going down in flames when we meet her. Perhaps my favorite character was Stormi--a girl with a great attitude even when she's verbally tearing somebody a new hole. Airline pilot Dallas is the lucky guy who fate throws together with Stormi, and though complete with human weaknesses, he's still a guy you want to root for.
Terminal Departure is certainly entertaining. I would have liked just a bit more exposition about the CIA-vs.-Trapdoor conflict, and maybe how Roman knew about Cleo but not vice-versa. I felt a little off-balance, too, that the aliens play such a major role during the first act, but aside from some telepathic advice, go MIA for the rest of the novel.
Depending on your sense of humor, this book is well worth your time for the laughs alone.
Henry Brown is the author of the historical adventure-comedy Thus Spake the Bard, as well as the military thriller Hell and Gone. He is the columns editor at New Pulp Fiction, and does some blogging of his own at the Two-Fisted Blogger.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This starts off as a science-fiction satire that reminds me of the old '60s TV series, "Get Smart" starring Don Adams. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Nancy L. Silk, Author/Reviewer
Cleo and Julia spend the novel together and they make fun company. They are caught between CIA goons and the alien Watchers while contending with a bio-weapon that could destroy... Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Raymond Embrack
Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel is a fast-paced read, covering multiple genres. I found each element refreshing and gave high points for Style/Technique. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by T. Armstrong
Something truly original and laugh out loud funny. This is an impressive debut. Normally i get bored with descriptive sentences, but Crubaugh's are so pointed and witty I actually... Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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