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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (12 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905802773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905802777
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toby Frost is the author of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Velexor on 25 Aug. 2013
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From the opening prologue in the style of a well known film of a book by Alistair McLean, this is Rip roaring stuff, but with lashings of humour. It's been a couple of years since the last full length tale of Space Captain Smith, his crew and a cast of supporting characters, but in my view the wait has been worth it. I laughed a lot and many an incisive barb made me give a wry smile. I would venture to suggest that this is Frost's most convincingly told tale to date and funny to boot. The introductory blurb on Amazon or the book cover tells you all you need to know about the plot line so I will not introduce any spoilers. Just blast off and enjoy the ride. God save the king and confusion to .... well, our enemies and our friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FilmBuff on 19 Aug. 2013
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An outstanding book and incredibly funny; barely a page goes by that something's not being mocked. In my opinion Toby Frosts best book by far, though the first three are incredible books too. If you like Science Fiction and Comedy (and the British Space empire!), then this is the book for you. I've no doubt these'll be classics before to long. Would definitely recommend.
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By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2013
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After a hiatus of some years, which largely seems to have involved the author being called to the Bar, Toby Frost has produced a fourth volume of Smith, and its like he was never away. In Space Captain Smith, our eponymous hero faced off against the insectile Ghasts, while in volume 2, the fanatically religious Edenites were the primary antogonists. Finally, in volume #3, Wrath of the Lemming-Men, Smith dealt with the deadly rodent followers of peace-loving war-god Popacapinyo.

How do you top all that? Well, the answer is to have all three opponents show up, allied together: the Edenites, Ghasts, and Lemming-Men having formed a deadly marriage of convenience, aided by some long-lost super-secret technology (ok, it's a dimension-shifting cloaking device). To counter this new threat, the diplomats of British Space Empire and its allies (various aliens and Europeans) must agree on the terms of a treaty...with Smith & Co the only defence.

From the action-packed prologue to the last page, this is an excellent romp. I'd love to see it on the big (or small) screen, but I suspect it would be too much, and too clearly a homage to...well, pretty much everything sci-fi. But its better than a mere rip-off (or even homage), being great fun in its own right, internally consistent, and packed with jokes from the sublime to the ridiculous (such as pretty much anything said by Suruk the Slayer). Its actually proper space opera while simultaneously being laugh out loud funny.

Go read the "look inside" bit. It only gets better from there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. FORGAN on 12 Oct. 2013
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With every writer it seems they start out writing in a certain style that appeals broadly, creating many books readers love. The problem is that as their writing progresses, their style changes and loses a certain something that their earlier books had. This is my problem with this latest Captain Smith book. It doesn't have the 'something' that the previous 3 have. Don't get me wrong, it is still worth reading but be prepared to be left feeling it needed something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 7 Sept. 2013
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First thing. If these ever get made into a film please could Rick Mayall play the Hellfire?
I've now read three of the series in just over a week. (I would have read the other one (Wrath of the Lemming Men) but it doesn't seem to be available on Kindle
Love the characters don't have to worry about a plot. Basically it's Red Dwarf meets Hornblower. You start reading you are amused and entertained. What else do you need to know?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. A. Greenway on 31 Aug. 2013
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Excellent addition to the Space Captain Smith series. Very funny and up to the standard of the earlier novels. I really hope there is an audiobook release of this title.
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I suspected some light relief might be necessary in the dentist's reception area so called this up on my Kindle as I waited for the torture to commence. It made me laugh out loud. I do not usually laugh whilst at the dentist's. Those around me looked up in surprise, as did the Receptionist. Had I been more compos mentis I would have made sure that they all knew what I was reading and the power it gives you over The Dreaded Dentist. Respect, Toby Frost; you're better than tranquillisers (in a good way). The one liners are witty and there are plenty of them. The plot skips briskly into action and then sets off into the story at a goodly canter. That which needs explaining (this is the 4th book in a series) is dealt with without the reader being hit with a big, wet information dump. Steam-punk meets Biggles. Jolly good fun!
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I picked up the first Space Captain Smith book (helpfully entitled Space Captain Smith) on a whim. I judged the book by its cover and just look at that cover art! Anyway I like it and it's got nothing to do with him having a better moustache than me and me being really envious and..... Look anyway. Satire done well is a hard art to master and Smiths universe is a perfect example of it done well. Unafraid to slaughter the sacred cows of sci fi and certainly a true Englishman Toby Frost has crafted a unique and laugh out loud funny saga. If you've read the other three, you'll love this. If you haven't read the other three go and do so, it's ok I'll wait......right.... done? Good, now buy this its fantastic.
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