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- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Castalia House (May 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D6D39N5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Turned Earth (Jack Broccoli Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Let's pretend that Carol Klein and James Bond met up, had a fling, and this tryst produced a child. That child was then raised by Groucho Marx, and occasionally had Curly (from the Three Stooges) as a babysitter. If we could imagine such a child, he would be Jack Broccoli, the protagonist of this novel.
He is knowledgeable about gardening, yet has the innate skill to be a super spy. He makes all kinds of silly mistakes, often enduring physical pain as a result, but in the end, it all works out.
The author masterfully uses puns, word play, and a vast knowledge about gardening implements to drive the story forward. I suppose that if the reader has a broader knowledge of gardening than I do, there are probably many jokes and insider info that I missed, but would be enjoyed.
It is a fun romp, and while it is a spy story and all that entails, it is also science fiction, with mystical powers, personified nature, and alternative martial arts.
I highly recommend this story, and I eagerly await the next installment, to see what adventures await our hero, Jack Broccoli.
...Secret Asian man, Secret Asian man, they've given you a number, and taken away your name...
Without looking at the cover, I expected some weird veggie tales type of anthropomorphic nonsense, but what I got was a truly serviceable spy thriller.
David The Good brings his encyclopedic knowledge of gardening into a most unlikely setting, but he does it in such a way that even those of us without green thumbs can appreciate (most of) the humor. Having watched some of his YouTube videos, I got a lot more of the references than I probably would have otherwise, so do yourself a favor and check out his channel as well. We'll just say the acronym for the evil organization has some history.
Jack Broccoli is the quintessential everyman, if every man was obsessed with soil acidity, and drinking celery flavored beers, and didn't know how to be interested in anything anyone else was talking about if it isn't about plants, and watched obscure bootleg filipino martial arts tapes as his workout regimen, and was addicted to soy-filled seaweed snacks. So yes, basically a composite of every man!
Just start the book. I can't tell you exactly why you should start it, but start the book. By the time you finish you'll say "Wow, I'm glad Dick told me to read this book, because it was really good, and I don't know how I can recommend it to other people, but by God I'm going to try to, and they'll feel the same way I do about it."
At the moment you find yourself saying "He can't be serious." You find yourself drawn in to a wonderfully thought out story that has touching moments, cringe-worthy awkwardness, over-the-top action scenes, creepiness, more cringe-worthy awkwardness, and of course, Ocean Octaves!
Essentially, everything charming about 80s cartoons, without the incessant messaging.
Just do yourself a favor; read the book. You will not be disappointed.
The dialog and action scenes are hilarious. Phrases I have never heard before such as "always compost your enemies" and "multi-cellular supremacist" where scattered around throughout the book. The fight scenes were equally unusual. In one fight Jack Broccoli kills one of the bad guys by throwing his hospital gown at him!
This is one of those books that you just have to read to believe. Get it, you won't be disappointed.