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on 1 November 2006
The fourth book of the five part trilogy. That might be someone else's hitch-hikeresque joke, but its a great way to start!
Although the book stands alone sufficiently to be read without its predecessors, I don't think it should be - the same gang are in on this one as always and therefore their introductions and character developments are not as complete and in depth as you might get by reading the other books, the characters and their quirks, or sheer madness, are the beauty of the series.
As usual the plot is nuts, the way we get from one end to the other is crazy and only a lunatic could believe that it could ever happen, but having said that the setting of the book in such a real down to earth setting and with people who at first glance aren't completely impossible gives the book something of a warmth. So you could almost imagine a little if you really wanted to.
Jim, John, Norman and all have to fight off evil (yes, generally its always just evil they have to fight, a true example of good v evil where the heroes aren't really quite what heroes should be) as the Olympics come to Brentford. The day may well be saved, but I reckon that the heroes come into much more peril than normal, and that is actually quite a shock, no longer are they almost completely safe (as heroes really ought to be, you cant kill a hero after all) but these guys are almost mortal, a nice touch that.