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Major B S: A Top-Secret Mission

Major B S: A Top-Secret Mission [Kindle Edition]

John Martin

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Molly Rowbottom has a problem.

Molly is the latest in a long line to take charge of the family homestead near Canberra, once the home of affluent graziers. But although the locals still look up to her, she is cash poor and has had to lease part of the land to a wind-power farm just to make ends meet. That's not enough though and the bank threatens to take it all: her home along with her heritage.

Enter Major Jeremy Billycock-Smythe, a former mercenary, who has a much higher opinion of his own abilities than just about anyone else. He denigrates the homestead by calling it a mauseoleum, insists on calling Molly by the less common name of Millicent and covets the family knighthood she can never inherit because she's a daughter rather than a son.

"Don't worry, I have a plan," he tells her. "Have I ever let you down?"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Publisher: Equilibrium Books (Aust.) (10 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,416,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Humour 23 May 2012
By pinerat - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Major BS: A Top Secret Mission was a delightful read.

As I started the book, a book I read as a teenager came back to me: The Mouse That Roared. The humor was (from what I remember of "The Mouse") somewhat similar....sort of farcical.

Major BS is a real character, a real self-centered sort, who is always creating havoc around himself, and unaware that he does so. He thinks he is a hero, and the rest of the world just doesn't appreciate him.

The Major runs a tour company, gets into trouble by being captured with his tour group, escapes, goes back to rescue them but grabs the wrong people. He gets them back to his home in Australia and has further misadventures along the way to trying to start a new business training executives.

What is "sad" is that there are people very much like Major BS in life.

This book was a Goodreads/First Reads book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Local Canberra based story 22 Mar 2012
By Lynxie - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Right off the bat the "blah, blah blah, what?" sentences were driving me crazy! I know that the British people do speak like that, but it really distracted me.

I liked the local Aussie (especially Canberra) knowledge and felt that it made the story into something special to me because of it :)

Overall, I didn't love the story - I think I didn't appreciate the satirical humor enough, I think it was a little lost on me. What I did love was the characters, especially Molly and Bax and even good 'ol Bob too. I really didn't like Major B S, but that was the point wasn't it!

Thanks, John for the opportunity to read your book and for the couple of giggles your humor elicited from me. Will we ever find out what happens next?

Recommendations: I think that another strong handed editor could be useful to pick up the reasonably frequent issues (missed words, incorrect spelling, punctuation and double words).

Some things I noticed:

x I noticed quite a few sentenced with double words at the beginning of the book (sorry I was on a plane when I was reading it, so I couldn't jot them down) - e.g. 'You don't you think..."

39% - "Need to know? Need to bleedin' know? (Remove -You) Don't you think I need to know how on earth we will be able to make this..."

72% - 'Molly did not know how (add - much) more of this she coud take - her at one end...'

74% - 'she had had (remove - 2nd had) gone without her tablets before and, living where she lived, in the sticks, most likely would again.'

79% - "Only thing that rivalled it were his darts - he kept those in (add - a) blue case in (add - the) top drawer in a cabinet next to his armchair."
*NOTE: Perhaps it's the accent/language choice of the character, but there seemed to be a lot of words missing in the dialogue through the story around Sir Rex*

81% - "Just because we're English, we have to drink tea, right? We'll (Remove We'll and add Well) I don't know about you but I..."
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