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Intelligent Life [Kindle Edition]

Neil Arksey
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2011 was the most disastrous year on record - fact. The economic cost of extreme natural and man-made events topped all previous years. Global warming might account for some of that, but something else is going on...

Jonathan wants a straightforward life, but the universe isn’t having it. His mother is convinced he’s a genius, his father is a drunk, and his twin brother is the most annoying person on the planet. And as if that weren’t enough, life keeps chucking the unexpected his way.

But when, during a stay at his dad’s, the randomness start to get out of control, Jonathan has to tackle things head on.

Faster than a speeding neutrino, anarchic and funny, Intelligent Life keeps the surprises coming right through to its spectacular end.

Intelligent Life is the first book in a series by popular UK author Neil Arksey.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: GDP (10 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KTVQ9O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

As a screenwriter, head writer and producer Neil Arksey has been responsible for over 1000 episodes of TV drama. He has also recently produced the feature film Run To Ground.

His novels have been published by Penguin and Random House.
The latest, Intelligent Life, now available on Kindle, is planned as the first part of a series. Neil is currently working on the sequel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cashews and Other Nuts 7 Mar. 2012
By Allegra
Format:Kindle Edition
Strolling around Covent Garden I've often noticed peculiarly-dressed people. Freaks and eccentrics abound in London and so I've given it no further thought. From now on I shall know to look twice. These may, just may, be alien detectives, visitors from another planet. For one of the many things I learned whilst reading Intelligent Life (along with the true height of Nelson's column, how many apple varieties there are and umpteen other factoids) is that detectives from beyond our solar system have yet to master our language, our social niceties and our dress sense.

This fast-paced romp, set in contemporary London, is vivid and real. I was completely drawn into the multi-layered story which Arksey manages to make both laugh-out loud funny and poignant. The characters and their setting are easily visualized, and the author's love of luscious language is apparent throughout. From the hero, Jonathan Higgs Bosun (hoho) to the evil Balustrade and the ridiculous, bumbling Sidereal and Lagubrious, the names of the characters trip off the tongue and ask to be read aloud.

I loved the book and recommend it to all sorts of readers of all ages. Just be warned, you may never look at a cashew again the same way. Or a London bus. Or a bunny...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Life 18 May 2012
By Molly
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Intelligent Life in a few days, and I really, really enjoyed it. The ending wasn't what I expected, but I loved how everything linked together in the end, and how the randomness developed throughout the book. It's also really funny, and I kept laughing out loud and got some really weird looks... Jonathan was a fantastic main character because even though crazy stuff happened to him, he wasn't super cool, or over intelligent so he never got on my nerves and I found myself relating to him a bit. It was an interesting plot, but it was really nice to read, and there are facts at the beginning of each chapter which were amazing. Some of them were funny, some creepy and some just outright weird. The short chapters made it easy to read, especially if you know you really ought to be doing something else. My nineteen year old sister read a bit and loved it as well. There wasn't a bit in the book I got bored at, or wanted to change. When it wasn't filled with action, it was filled with science and that worked really well for me. I loved it. I think anyone in pretty much every age group will enjoy it, and you don't need to know much at all about science to understand and enjoy it. A very different sci-fi book to any before, but it was definitely an amazing one. I can't wait to read the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 2 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There are so many reasons to read this book. The names of the characters are groan worthy, the plot is fast paced, and it has a battle to save the world, but for me the factoids starting every chapter would make it worthwhile purchase.

A drunk Dad, an overambitious Mum, a more talented twin, a smart self confident girl friend, what else can any boy ask for? Maybe fate throwing metaphorical banana skins at every turn? Perhaps a name like Jonathan Higgs Boson? This boy has the lot.

There are serious themes but this is a funny book, with science, with slapstick, and with a misfit hero who manages to be brave because it's the right thing to do.

Spoiler Alert

No vampires, werewolves, wizards, or teenage illness just cover to cover entertainment
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 28 Feb. 2012
By Bloty
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank goodness! At last something different in the world of teenage fiction.
Set in London, the story is based around the main character, Jonathan, the evil Balustrade and rather a lot of very surprising moments. The cleverly entwined plot has a new slant on randomness at its core and unfolds into an exciting climax that will leave you right on the edge of your seat.

There are many interesting characters including two hilarious detectives who will have you chuckling throughout the book as they pop up in the midst of various misdemeanours.

It's an ingenious mix of witty sci-fi adventure, sometimes poignant, unexpectedly gripping but mostly laugh out loud. The story sucks you in right from the start. If you are looking for brilliant beginnings and fantastic endings then Intelligent Life ticks all the boxes. As for the middle - it's a non-stop page-turner. My favourite chapter is set in Covent Garden and involves nuns, gangsters and oversized boy scouts!

Librarians and teachers look out - I have tested this book on pupils at my school and they can't put it down. With strong scientific links it is a cross curricular masterpiece that opens your mind to the universe without even realising it! The kindle version cleverly links to relevant web pages in a secret way that you have to explore to discover.....

Just check out the celebrity boffin credits to see why you should be reading this book!
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