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A Game of Battleships (Space Captain Smith Book 4) by [Frost, Toby]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 4 of 5 in Space Captain Smith (5 Book Series)

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About the Author

Toby Frost studied law and was called to the Bar in 2001. Since then, he has worked as a private tutor, a court clerk and a legal advisor to the motor industry. Unable to become Great Britain s foremost space explorer, he is content just to write about space exploration instead. He has also produced film reviews for the book The DVD Stack and articles for Solander magazine. He is the author of the Space Captain Smith series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Myrmidon Books (10 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGXX9NM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Once again upon finishing a Space Captain Smith Adventure i am left with a warm fuzzy feeling =)

With hilarious dialogue and a few nods to Dune, Blade Runner and even a classic reggae tune, I loved every moment.
Can't wait for the next one! Keep it up Toby Frost.
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I suspected some light relief might be necessary in the dentist's reception area so called this up on my Kindle as I waited for the torture to commence. It made me laugh out loud. I do not usually laugh whilst at the dentist's. Those around me looked up in surprise, as did the Receptionist. Had I been more compos mentis I would have made sure that they all knew what I was reading and the power it gives you over The Dreaded Dentist. Respect, Toby Frost; you're better than tranquillisers (in a good way). The one liners are witty and there are plenty of them. The plot skips briskly into action and then sets off into the story at a goodly canter. That which needs explaining (this is the 4th book in a series) is dealt with without the reader being hit with a big, wet information dump. Steam-punk meets Biggles. Jolly good fun!
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From the opening prologue in the style of a well known film of a book by Alistair McLean, this is Rip roaring stuff, but with lashings of humour. It's been a couple of years since the last full length tale of Space Captain Smith, his crew and a cast of supporting characters, but in my view the wait has been worth it. I laughed a lot and many an incisive barb made me give a wry smile. I would venture to suggest that this is Frost's most convincingly told tale to date and funny to boot. The introductory blurb on Amazon or the book cover tells you all you need to know about the plot line so I will not introduce any spoilers. Just blast off and enjoy the ride. God save the king and confusion to .... well, our enemies and our friends.
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An outstanding book and incredibly funny; barely a page goes by that something's not being mocked. In my opinion Toby Frosts best book by far, though the first three are incredible books too. If you like Science Fiction and Comedy (and the British Space empire!), then this is the book for you. I've no doubt these'll be classics before to long. Would definitely recommend.
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After a hiatus of some years, which largely seems to have involved the author being called to the Bar, Toby Frost has produced a fourth volume of Smith, and its like he was never away. In Space Captain Smith, our eponymous hero faced off against the insectile Ghasts, while in volume 2, the fanatically religious Edenites were the primary antogonists. Finally, in volume #3, Wrath of the Lemming-Men, Smith dealt with the deadly rodent followers of peace-loving war-god Popacapinyo.

How do you top all that? Well, the answer is to have all three opponents show up, allied together: the Edenites, Ghasts, and Lemming-Men having formed a deadly marriage of convenience, aided by some long-lost super-secret technology (ok, it's a dimension-shifting cloaking device). To counter this new threat, the diplomats of British Space Empire and its allies (various aliens and Europeans) must agree on the terms of a treaty...with Smith & Co the only defence.

From the action-packed prologue to the last page, this is an excellent romp. I'd love to see it on the big (or small) screen, but I suspect it would be too much, and too clearly a homage to...well, pretty much everything sci-fi. But its better than a mere rip-off (or even homage), being great fun in its own right, internally consistent, and packed with jokes from the sublime to the ridiculous (such as pretty much anything said by Suruk the Slayer). Its actually proper space opera while simultaneously being laugh out loud funny.

Go read the "look inside" bit. It only gets better from there.
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By Mark Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2013
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Another rollicking romp from Toby Frost with Captain Smith doing his best to keep a stiff upper lip for the empire. Once again it's huge fun and has genuine laugh out loud moments that can be embarrassing if you are on a crowded train.

The humour is firmly rooted in old fashioned British comedy (before it became politically correct and boring) and anyone who was a fan of the Two Ronnies, Black Adder, and the Carry On films would instantly feel at home. Matron would approve. I guess one would have to give a nod to Hitch Hikers and Red Dwarf as well.

What I really like about the Toby Frost Space Captain Smith books is that he determinedly sticks to the starting theme. It's a book that is supposed to be funny. He doesn't switch halfway through to more serious ideas and tone, not does he try and make some sort of political statement with a bludgeon. He is writing a light hearted comedy and he keeps it that way. Bit like Terry Pratchett used to do when the Discworld books were funny.

So, in this installment we have our erstwhile heroes yet again pitted against the Ghast and a bunch of loonies called Edenites who are a cult very much in the mold of the scientologists down here on Earth. This going on whilst the British Space Empire is trying to sort out a bit of an agreement with various other races and of course the dastardly Europeans.

All super fun and well recommended if you want a bit of a laugh. Best read the other books first though. Whilst this can be read standalone it's better if you have more of the background of the main characters to reference the jokes back too.
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