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End of Empires (Space Captain Smith) Paperback – 2 Sep 2014
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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. Toby is the author of the series fantastic steampunk novels about Space Captain Smith.
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Space Captain Isambard Smith serves as a typically understated anti-hero of the stiff upper lip variety surrounded by a recurring supporting cast including an alien sidekick suspiciously reminiscent of a Predator, a hippy chick and a runaway android pilot. Light satire without being too over the top, throw in a bit of steampunk tech, British pluck and moral fibre and the latest instalment continues the tradition of the series.
After that, I'd have forgiven him pretty much anything. Luckily, I didn’t have to: End of Empires is the story of the clash of the British Space Empire with the Bloodthirsty Lemming-men of Yull. Its also sort of based on Heart of Darkness and/or Apocalypse Now (which was in turn, of course, based on Heart of Darkness). Also, there seems to be a bit of My Little Pony going on, but I don’t want to think about that too much.
Our hero is once again Smith, ably abetted by Surok the Slayer and his M'lak kin. We also see a fair bit of Wainscott, nudist special operations expert, with the usual cast of characters (Polly, Rhianna, Gerald) also all having a gig. Gerald even gets a few moments onscreen, after being terribly underutilised in the past books (although, its pretty hard to find plot points for a hamster when its not of the "miniature giant space" variety). Throw in some dinosaurs and the battle of Ravnaphant is in full swing.
Even better, volume 6, Pincers of Death, is apparently on the way later this year.
the crew are back and this time the ship's hamster gets to star on television, doing its impersonation of a lemming. Polly Carveth gets to fulfill a dream with some unlikely denziens of the planet they have been sent to protect as well as becoming a pin-up girl. Suruk....is Suruk. Lots of blood for him to bath in and many skulls to collect. Isambard and Rhianna carry on their unlikely love affair, and the head of the DSOG is forced to wear some trousers by sane Susan.
A riot of a book that will have you laughing out loud: like I did in a crowded restaurant.
After a couple of slightly wobbly books, this one is getting back to form. The jokes are a little more subtle (but then they'd have to be by book 5, right?) - Some of them were brilliant and made me chuckle out loud. The whole business was Carveth and the E'qui was brilliant. Friendship is indeed Magic.
The Yull are a good enemy. Not as funny as Gertie, but much better than the Edenites. I also liked the dinosaurs and it's good to see Rhianna being useful.
A worthy addition to the canon. Certainly an entertaining read to accompany the tea and tiffin. Well done, that man.
Overall a great way to spend a few hours on a cold Sunday afternoon in front of the fire.