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James Blond - Stockport Is too Much: James Blond's most dangerous mission yet! [Kindle Edition]

Terry Ravenscroft
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Imagine if James Bond author Ian Fleming had lost several of his marbles and been given a sense of humour along with his action/adventure writing skills and you will get some idea of where Terry Ravenscroft’s James Blond – Stockport is too Much is coming from. If not going to.
Compared to foiling the plans of countless power-hungry villains bent on world domination the bringing to book of the evil Dr Goldnojaws, who only wants to dominate humble Stockport, shouldn’t present too much of a problem for James Blond. However in addition to taking on Goldnojaws and his evil sidekick BloJob, the secret agent has to wrestle with a prostate problem, so things aren’t as straightforward as he would have liked. To make matters worse Blond Girls Pisa Vass, Divine Bottom, Gloria Snockers and Ava Shag aren’t as forthcoming with their favours as he has come to expect.
We join the rip-roaring adventure with Goldnojaws, having seized Stockport, making plans to dominate the rest of the world. Can Blond stop him whilst still finding time to have a pee every twenty minutes? And get laid again, once in a while?
As gripping as Sean Connery’s toupe adhesive, as exciting as Daniel Craig’s swimming trunks, James Blond -Stockport is too Much is a bigger page turner than a homosexual king.

Just one of many 5 star Amazon Reader reviews -
I’d come across Terry Ravenscroft quite recently via an author peer review site, and was delighted to discover how many amusing books he had written. This one lives up to the standard of the others I’ve seen, and keeps carefully just on the tasteful side of crude - I don’t like crudity, sick humour or ‘smut’ but Terry somehow manages to avoid these things while still dealing with the fundamentals of human existence. And James Blond’s spoof credentials don’t stop him from reminding us sometimes of the original, which highlights Ravenscroft’s skill in humorous writing. There are even aliens!
Janey Fisher

James Blond - Stockport is too Much contains some sex scenes and strong language.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Razzamatazz Publications (18 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKN1EM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The day after Terry Ravenscroft threw in his mundane factory job to become a television comedy scriptwriter he was involved in a car accident which left him unable to turn his head. Since then he has never looked back.
Before they took him away he wrote scripts for Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, and several others. He also wrote the award-winning BBC radio series Star Terk Two. He now writes humorous books, eighteen thus far with no signs of letting up. Three of them, Stairlift to Heaven, Dear Coca-Cola and Dear Air 2000 were in the top ten of the Kindle Best Sellers list at the same time.
Born in New Mills, Derbyshire, England in 1938, he still lives there with his wife Delma and his mistress Divine Bottom (in his dreams).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My name is Blonde. 18 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really like spoof books and I have soft spot for James Bond films (especially the old Sean Connery and Roger Moore ones which were a bit more tongue in cheek), so I was really looking forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint.

It is a ludicrous and funny caper, with some great one-liners (I did find myself laughing out loud), and I really liked the way it related to the 007's movies and novels, it's a good send-up. The book was an easy read with a steady pace that kept me enthralled to the end.

I agree with some of the reviewers that Terry Ravenscroft's references to Stockport were thin and that the book could have been set anywhere. I suppose occasionally you do come across a spoof book where the location is essential to the plot, like in Tony Royden's excellent comedy thriller The Dealer, but on this occasion I didn't think the location was that important and I certainly didn't let it spoil my enjoyment of the book.

It's a fun read and a wonderful parody of a national treasure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Funny! 20 Mar. 2011
With James Blond (Stockport is Not Enough) Terry Ravenscroft has penned another comedy winner. A clever and well written parody on Fleming's James Bond series, the parallels are nicely drawn whilst the story works equally well as a stand-alone piece. The humour is plentiful and down-to-earth without being overtly crude. Ravenscroft's prose, in this book as well as his others, is easy on the eye and sweeps the reader along at a pleasant and satisfying pace. There's never a dull moment but the action is never frenetic. This is a rewarding piece of light reading.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dry humour at it's best!! 22 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my first venture into the Kindle store,so i was unsure of where to start for my first title.I thought a light hearted comedy would fit the bill,so i read the reviews on "James Blond-Stockport is too much",and decided this sounded a good read.I was not disappointed ,the book was a delight,and with me coming from Stockport,i found the places where the book was set,were in actual fact real.I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good laugh,well done Terry Ravenscroft,i will add you to my favorite authors list!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars James Blond 23 Feb. 2013
By Joo
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This is a parody / spoof of James Bond, whereby James Blond is actually a secret agent and styles himself a bit on Bond, to varying effect.

Because of bad guys taking over Stockport and buying up buildings, it put me in mind of Robert Rankins Brentford Trilogy books.

It was an enjoyable read, lighthearted and funny. Not quite Rankin (when he's at his best) but then no one is quite like Rankin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well executed parody 18 July 2012
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It's no surprise that James Bond is an easy target for parody, and the author has taken aim well and landed on target with this book.
Liberties are taken and Mr Blond does not command quite the same level of dignity as his almost namesake (excuse me whilst I chuckle) but he does still exit as the hero of the day.
Beyond the easy parody there is a decent plotline, which kept me guessing, and some good laughs.
The humour is Carry On meets James Bond of the 60s and 70s. Don't expect radical satire; this is traditional British sauce.
I know Stockport quite well and that added a little something extra - I will never pass the pyramid again without smiling - but the location is incidental and it could have been set anywhere.
The overall impression I got by the end of the book was the author's love of the James Bond franchise and a certain bitter sweetness about the ageing process. This book is as much about growing older as it is about secret agents.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I'd hoped 19 Sept. 2011
By Sophie
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy a good laugh and was very hopeful of this book. However I found the humour a bit too obvious and contrived with the references to James Bond and the films feeling shoe-horned in. Terry Ravenscroft is a good writer but this seems a bit 'By the numbers'. Take the micky out of a successful film franchise, set it in a real northern town and throw in some VERY contrived names. Austin Powers did this far better! I've just recently read The Money That Never Was which is in a similar vein but much warmer and way funnier.

I'll try him again though, as it did make me laugh and that's always good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few good jokes streched too far 27 May 2012
By Shishya
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I liked this book. Certainly, the 1st few chapters had me laughing out loud.

The problem is, once the novelty of a vain spy called James Blond with bad one liners wears off, the jokes start to get a little thin. A few jokes are repeated far too many times- like the menstruation one.

And the middle really sags- the jokes really start to feel thin. The ending then speeds up, but was a bit too expected.

I'm a bit conflicted if I should give 3 or 4 stars. I'll settle for 3.5 /5. The book is funny and entertaining, but like the James Bond movies, very forgettable once you finish with it. Maybe that's what the author trying to accomplish? :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to enjoy this, but... 14 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone born in Stockport, and having spent a great deal of my life there, this was a book I wanted to enjoy. I remember coming across some of Terry's work years ago and found it very funny, and with having a locals knowledge of his location, 'Stockport is too much' should have been great. Unfortunately, it fell far short of my expectations, having the feel of something written by the author just in their lunch break. The locations seemed poor, and sparse. To someone who doesnt know Stockport, this book wont enlighten you any further. I know its supposed to be humour and in no way a travel guide. The story itself could have taken place anywhere, and is a weak story at best. There is no empathy for any of the characters, the names seem stupid even to a fan of Bond and the Carry On series. It just screams 'weak' all the way through.

For those who want a far fetched novel set in a familiar setting, take a look at Aberystwyth Mon Amour A book where someone has included a town in much the same way as Terry, but with much better effect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is just enough - will James Blond return?
Had this book sat on my book shelf for years and finally got round to reading it. Enjoyed it immensely, very funny, slightly silly and lots of nods to James Bond in parody. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
This was a lot of fun, the plot far-fetched enough to fit, well written and a good dash of humour - loved the game of bowls!
Published 7 months ago by shesings
2.0 out of 5 stars A BIG let down
For all the hype! I thought it was poor! I could think of stronger words!
Published 9 months ago by MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun to read
Published 10 months ago by molly
4.0 out of 5 stars a good bond spoof
A good read, quite funny and light hearted. A good story line but climax was too condensed. Recommend it to blond followers.
Published 12 months ago by rennicat
5.0 out of 5 stars review
james blonde as this book goes it is a very enjoyable read and light hearted a must read for anyone.
Published 17 months ago by ANDREW
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
I downloaded a sample and couldn't stop laughing. So I bought the book. What a mistake
I read another half of the book before I gave up. Not one other laugh. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Data
2.0 out of 5 stars Stockport really is too much
I'm afraid I didnt read all of this book, as after the first few chapters I had had enough. I know it was meant to be tongue in cheek (atleast I hope it was) but it definately... Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by woodlet7
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Brilliant! A compulsive read and Ravenscroft at his witty best. A really good price too from Amazon. Get it now!
Published on 27 Feb. 2013 by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars James Blond
Very good read once I started I found it very hard to put it down as always wanting to see how Terry will entertain you in the next chapter. Read more
Published on 16 Feb. 2013 by Bill nurse
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