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- Print Length: 309 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009F1A5Y6
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #665,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rathbone Kydd - sex'n'drugs'n'quantum stuff Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
KJ Bennett has done something that many try and fail to do - he's created a truly fascinating, absorbing character. Rathbone Kydd is someone you'd like to know in real life, who you'd fancy if you're a woman and envy if you're a bloke. I want more of him!
If you're reading this review you've probably read the blurb, and know that Rathbone is a rock musician who inadvertently time travels from 1979 to 2012 - much of the first part of the book is Rathbone's account of the events that led up to this; I so enjoyed this part. It was absolutely spot on.
The only fault I can find is that I would have liked more evidence of Rathbone being astounded by the differences between everyday life in 1979 and 2012 - there was a fair bit, but I felt this element had endless mileage, humour wise, and was not milked to its full extent - however, this is hardly a fault!
The actual plot is unusual and held my interest in itself; the whole novel is clever in its humour and very well written, with none of the 'clunky' sentences or dodgy punctuation that can make me abandon a book early - KJ writes like a professional. I guessed the main plot twist - or what I thought was the main one, until I read the last few chapters - but it in no way spoilt my enjoyment of the book and all its characters (loved Nettles and Newcombe, and the awful Madeleine!) The ending was terrific - so often one feels let down by an ending, does one not? Rathbone Kydd's finale left me with a smile on my face. I so hope this is not the end of him...
The real hero of the story is a very ordinary British Detective Superintendent Burrage of the Plymouth police. A modest man who would simply want to be known as a good copper. He is another unlikely hero whose determination to be fair to Rathbone Kydd puts both him and his estranged wife in mortal danger.
This is an unusual story that K J Bennett allows to unwind through the device of the long first hand narrative of Rathbone Kydd himself. Apart from the rock there is a lot of sex and violence in the story so there is the risk that it may cause offence to some people.
I reckon that I am broad-minded but there were parts of the narrative that made me think do I wish to continue with book. That is why I am only giving it a 4 star rating. However, this is an extraordinary story. It may be more about wormholes than 'quantum stuff' but there is an interesting twist in this. And it does turn out that D.S. Burrage's faith in Rathbone Kydd is well placed. Overall I look forward to reading more of Bennett's work in the future.
Rathbone Kydd comes from the 1970s and is in a band called 'Red Hot in Alex'. Their biggest fans are a hell's angels group who are notorious to say the least. Rathbone finds himself in all sorts of hot water and inexplicably, travels through time to the present day. He finds himself in the company of a police officer called Derek, and his wife, and he tells his story.
The main words I would use to describe this novel is fun, fun, fun. Rathbone is a true 70s rock star and he's irresistible to women! So imagine what happens when he meets Derek's wife... Compared to the incredibly normal Derek, Rathbone is even funnier but the two manage to make a team. The novel is also quite gritty in places, such as the crime that is committed by the hell's angels gang, but this is done well and it gives a feeling of true danger to the novel.
Overall, this is a well written, gripping read and if you like your stories original and quirky, then this is definitely worth downloading.
The story is told from the point of view of Rathbone Kydd--a naïve but good-hearted rocker from the seventies. As well as Detective Superintendent Derek Burridge--the fair, hard-nosed cop from the present. And an occasional visit with a few shady government employees. It's largely written in the third person with jumps into first person for Rathbone's tales of his wild past (or present? :D ).
K J's writing is smooth and well edited. The pace keeps you interested. His descriptions are fresh and often humorous. These characters are believable...and identifiable. I found myself rooting for them all (well, not the shady ones). And the ending is satisfying.
All in all this is an adorable book (though I bet he'd smack me for calling it that).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is well written and moves along at a good pace until the end which feels a little bit rushed.
Never the less I look forward to reading more from K J Bennet .
Once again K J Bennett has managed to write a book that I would have classed as 'not my type' but once I decided to read it - I just couldn't stop! Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by G. Meloy
A mix of intrigue, humour and sci-fi. This is the first time I have read K J Bennett. It will not be the last if he can maintain this quality.Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by Anthony G Tonge
This has got everything; time travel, love (or lust) and a great twisting plot that screws with your mind as it pushes your comedy buttons. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2012 by Dave Weaver
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