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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841589195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841589190
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I have worked with a lot of funny men - Peter Cook, Spike Milligan, Harry Enfield... Bob servant is in a class of his own.' --Barry Fantoni, Private Eye

'This was my very well received Secret Santa present!... truly hysterical.. cracking book… brilliant read!' --Book Geek Blog

Mentioned as part of Canongate s 40 to Watch important voices of the future --The Skinny

About the Author

Bob Servant is a sixty-two-year-old, semi-retired resident of Dundee. He has previously worked as a merchant sailor and window cleaner, among other occupations, but now describes himself as 'an unemployed gigolo'. Neil Forsyth is an author and journalist. A fellow Dundonian and friend to Bob Servant for over twenty years, he has recently completed Servant's biography, Bob Servant: Hero of Dundee, also available from Birlinn.


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Format: Paperback
What more can I say? An new edition of the original 'Delete This at Your Peril' with new material.

Bob Servant takes on the internet spammers, confusing and frustrating them at every turn. With the promise of a money transfer by Western Union hanging in the balance, the Spammers patiently agree to Bob's bizarre requests (e.g. a talking lion for Bob's friend's private zoo).

Can't add any more praise than that already given for the original version except to say that the new material is every bit as good as the rest.

The email exchanges are currently made into a radio series being broadcast by Radio Scotland with Brian Cox playing the role of Bob.
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Format: Hardcover
This book detailing Neil Forsyth's alter-ego Bob 'Godzilla' Servant's hilarious exchanges with various internet spammers will not fail to amuse even the most discerning reader. Firstly, Forsyth's description of his creation's life and career in Broughty Ferry (near Dundee) are spot on and the fact that he was once one of the foremost cheeseburger vendors and window cleaners in the area (until the gypsies allegedly stole his ladders...) are very funny indeed. The author has a surreal and somewhat bizarre sense of humour which is perfectly pitched in the eight different chapters describing Bob's exchanges with various internet hoaxers. The ones which really stood out for me and made me laugh like an idiot on the train were when he wanted to be remunerated in lions instead of cash and the fictitious stories in the local paper detailing his related activities. Bob's 'business' suggestions are even more whacky than the spammers' and most of the exchanges end with a series of odd happenings which proclude Bob from wiring the money to his 'boss'.

The good thing about this book is that it's a fairly undemanding read and hence can be enjoyed in small chunks, which is perfect for a medium length commute. After reading this I'd be very interested in the author's other titles as it's clear he's exactly on my wavelength.
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This short book is excellent. It's a series of email exchanges between Bob Servant, former owner of the largest window-cleaning round in the Western world, unemployed gigolo (by choice) and titan of the great cheeseburger van wars of the 90s and the fraudsters behind scam spam emails. The book is segmented only by the differing people who contact Bob by email, and thus a conversation ensues.

It's easy to relate to the initial emails he receives if you have ever been in possession of an email account, particularly a few years ago when firewalls aren't what they are now. Numerous emails from Africa, Russia and beyond are responded to by Bob in a variety of ways. At first I almost felt sorry for Bob, his cranky ways descending into near-insanity, with his circle of 'friends' including Frank Theplank and the other boys down the pub ridiculing him at every turn. Initially you want to scream out to him that he needs to realise these emails are a scam and that he shouldn't engage them in conversation, as he'll be sucked in. Then further into the book, it becomes clear that Bob is seeing how far he can push these spammers, and play them at their own game. Finally it dawns that he has known all along what their game was, be it a chinese organisation needing new employees in the UK ('so please forward your bank details so we can transfer payment') or a Russian blonde bombshell (picture attached) who has a sick grandmother with a list of medicine that needs paying for ('please forward bank details and address'), and he is not the gullible Bob we thought he was.

I'm not a huge book reader, and it was only by chance that I stumbled upon this book whilst looking for something else.
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Format: Hardcover
With the internet age has come all kinds of wonderful new convinces we now rely on every day. But with every plus comes a minus, and for most of us that minus is spam. Every morning, I hate wading through the massive amount of e-mails I get that I'm not even interested in reading.

One man decided to have some fun, however. And we get to share that fun because of this book. "Bob Servant" (and the observant person will pick up on that name faster than I did) decided to reply to some of his spam and see how long he could drag out the exchanges without the other side catching on or giving up. Here in, we get eight such exchanges and the results are hilarious.

Most of these e-mails start out all too familiar. There's the African native who needs Bob to get money out of the country. Theirs the Chinese company looking for a local person in Scotland to help with local payments. And there's Alexandria, who is more interested in Scottish men than her native Russians.

But what follows is anything but routine. It's hard to describe just how great this book because half the fun is watching how the events unfold. Twice, Bob turns a job offer into a potential job for the spammer when he pretends to be interested in buying a painting or a bunch of pots.

But my favorite exchanges cross the line into the absurd. Some of these involve wild animals and the postman. But that's all I'm going to say. Well, that and it reveals just how desperate the criminal spammers are to get the information they need. They are certainly persistent. And rather stupid themselves.

I've got to give the author credit. He has created a great world you real get involved in. In each exchange we get to see a different side of Bob and his friends.
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