- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd (12 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905802773
- ISBN-13: 978-1905802777
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Game of Battleships (Space Captain Smith) Paperback – 12 Aug 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fost, where's the next book in the series? pull yer finger out lad...Published 9 months ago by Dick_Dastardly
Once again Space Captain Smith shows what british gumption & grit can achieve when confronted with those pesky villans from outer space. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Fireball 61
but could dowith proofreading. A lot of spurious paragraph breaks and text in italics seemed to have a thing against double letters.Published on 15 Mar. 2015 by Amazon Customer
I do not know - it just seemed a bit thin compared to the 1st 3 novels. Cannot really explain it but just did not quite hit 5 stars. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2014 by keith
4 stars because I don't think it quite lives up to the standard of the first three, still thoroughly enjoyed it though. Some excellent moments, particularly towards the end.Published on 5 Oct. 2014 by Joseph Rogers