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Now Departing Planet Earth

Now Departing Planet Earth [Kindle Edition]

Josh West
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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"Now Departing Planet Earth" follows the hilarious exploits of two unskilled yet determined technicians and their quest to expose the devious secret projects going on behind the scenes of the world's most powerful corporation, M.E.H. Corp. The story opens with the company announcing to the world that it will suddenly, inexplicably, close up shop and pour all of its resources into opening a lavish vacation resort...on Mars. The world assumes the M.E.H. executive team has lost its grip on reality but the intrepid techs soon learn this resort nonsense is merely a means to cover up the true endeavor they have been planning for nearly a century. As two employees of M.E.H. facing unemployment the techs are motivated to boldly take on the company and the weird cult that secretly runs the whole operation. What follows is an adventure not quite like anything you've read before. Entertainingly ridiculous and altogether fun, prepare to leave this world behind for one filled with talking robot snakes, flying emergency response vehicle chases and mercilessly uncomfortable office furniture.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Josh West; 1 edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041T4FIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars cracking read 26 May 2012
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this is a free book and was very good. a real page turner unputdownable plenty of laugh out loud moments and quirky characters would recommend to any sifi fan i will never look at my office furniture in the same way again after reading this
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelent read 4 Sep 2012
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I want more, what a fun read! I really hope josh has more books published... ill be telling everyone to go read this. Anyone know if there are any more books by this guy? Thanks for the read josh !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 11 April 2013
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Very fast moving romp in the near future, peppered with laugh out loud moments and very few dull bits

Would have had five stars but sort of ended abrubtly, almost as if Mr West decided enough is enough..

Having said that it did not spoil the story but instead left me wanting more..... in fact thinking about it.. perhaps it should be five stars as I am looking forward to any future books of the same ilk by the author
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with some excellent moments 3 Sep 2012
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The first third or so of the book is brilliant, extremely funny and well written with a caustic eye on the subtleties and stupidities of modern corporate life. The rest of the book then becomes more adventure story and escapades, which is not really the author's strengths and the second part or so could have definitely benefited from some better and stricter editing. However, there are good moments throughout. I particularly loved Geoffrey, the talking robotic snake, who was a hoot even if one of his colleagues, a vicious squirrel, was somewhat less friendly. I was also looking forward to meeting Luci the robot bear who was mentioned in the story but unfortunately we never got to meet her. In fact a whole book by the author revolving around an assorted cast of strange robotic animals would have great potential to be very funny. As it is, the robots are minor characters with the two main characters being two slightly dim, and sometimes cowardly, senior technicians in the corporation, MEH - great name that. Definitely worth getting for the first third of the book but even the rest is readable and sometimes amusing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too serious sci-fi 1 July 2012
By dunk1e
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Now Departing Planet Earth isn't a difficult or a challenging read, nor is it a credible allegorical comment on the state of our society today and the overwhelming power of certain corporations. Which is good, because I bought it to read on holiday. The hapless main characters provide humour and frustration in equal measure. There are occasional moments that Douglas Adams might be proud of, without the dose of difficult science. I found this an enjoyable and entertaining read containing major dollops of the Norman Wisdom philosophy of storytelling: the ne'er do well who makes good because some higher thinking individual has spotted a basic good in them. At first I thought it might be serious...but not with a talking snake called Geoffrey! No matter how I tried whenever I read Geoffrey's dialogue, I could hear Leslie Phillips speaking. Well hello, ding dong!
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