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A cheery romp through an enjoyable 1980s farce - and all in a good cause!
on 5 November 2013
The cover illustration sets the right tone for this lighthearted, spoof thriller - an entertaining romp with echoes of James Bond, George Smiley et al, in the oh-so-dated world of 1980s computing. This setting had extra resonance for me, as one of my first jobs was in a small computer software company in the 1980s, and, dare I confess, I married one its salesmen?! And aren't they real companies that he's talking about? Not just Microsoft (obv) but also Sphinx and Zylog?
Although this certainly isn't a novel for feminists easily offended by sexism (or indeed for easily offended Russian spies or CIA agents), I found it all great fun, in the tradition of Carry On films, whose purposely caricature-like characters and wafer-thin plots are contrived primarily as vehicles for jokes.
Having had a spate of reading serious, grim novels over the last few weeks, this was a breath of fresh air and I lapped it up.
I also thought it was a creative, memorable and interesting way of drawing attention to the cause for which he's raising money and awareness - the very real and serious condition of haemachromatosis. Well done, James Minter.