This is the first of the three Armageddon books, and the first dose of Rankin that I ever had, and what a way to start! Elvis time-travelling, Rex trying to avoid capture, and the now immortal Barry the Time Sprout.
The book is set in 2050 when the "Big Three" religions/television stations rule the world, the only way to earn money is to watch TV all day. Idealic as it sounds there is a down side to this world, the whole planet is radioactive after the "Nuclear Holocaust Event".
As an added spin on the whole surreal story it is revealed that in space we are not alone and further more they have been watching us, not with camaras but with plants that beam everything we do to their home world. As another twist in this tale "Earthers" is the highest rated show in the universe. But with viewers starting to stray the executives have one final publicity stunt up there sleeves, the total distruction of Earth!
This is a throughly funny book and should tickle most people in some strange places!