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The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload,
This review is from: The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload (Paperback)
Minter manages to do it again, blending simple everyday life with the most extreme & incredulous
events, all combined to produce another piece of humoristic brilliance.
In this book, we are introduced to a certain Jimmy Kavanagh who has the misfortune to become
something of an unexpected hero by averting a near fatal accident at a corporate celebration. What
he, nor those around him, don't realise is Jimmy suffers with a genetic condition where he absorbs
and stores iron from his diet over and above the body's requirements (Haemochromatosis). Jimmy
discovers he is magnetic. Following his heroic act, he soon attracts the attention of the gorgeous
and very attractive Barbara Cooke from the office. Jimmy, thinking his world is about to be made,
does not realise that it's about to take a roller coaster like turn, involving KGB & CIA paranormal
investigators, Sheila, a young attractive café owner, and several other unfortunate characters along
the way. Jimmy, even with his hidden talent, just can't win; no matter what good fortune he has,
something hilarious always happens to ruin it for him. Minter serves up some hysterically witty and
charming twists and events.
No matter what advantage Jimmy Kavanagh tries to obtain using his talent, some unexpected event or
outcome always occurs to frustrate him. Minter allows the main character to recall some wonderfully
funny childhood stories like when he explains how he got the nickname "Magno Man" from his
father. Girlfriend Barbara even gives him the not so flattering nickname of Didcot Power Station. As
Jimmy Kavanagh tries to live his almost perfect day to day life, events elsewhere are conspiring to
ruin his plans. The scheming and planning of the KGB & CIA agents is nothing short of side-splitting
genius, as both parties manage to mess up their best laid plans, even with the assistance of a "Femme
Fatale" in the form of a dolled up - Sheila, to entrap Jimmy.
The actions of the Russian and American agents, is definitely not the stuff of James Bond however; it
certainly has that Johnny English like humour and quality. The ineptness of the lurking secret agents,
the brashness and innocence of the Australian-Irish Sheila and the developing relationship of Jimmy
& Barbara, all contribute to serve up a funny, rib-tickling and thoroughly entertaining book. The
bundling escapades and unexpected ending will not leave the reader disappointed.
Once you pick up this up, you honestly will not put it down. Minter always manages to capture and
make fun of any life situation, and turn it into truly classical British humour which is hard to find in
any other modern humour books.
Minter's books never fail to make you laugh, at the same time they feed you information that you
would not ordinarily have even been aware of and all in the name of a very worthwhile cause.
This is another witty gem, well written, creative & imaginative and a real humourous gem. I can't
recommend it enough for anyone wanting a good read and plenty of chuckles in a book.
An outstandingly comical book by the author.
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Initial post: 19 May 2013 14:57:07 BDT
This review is far too long and revealing too much of the plot, thus giving too much of a preview of the story.
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