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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly humorous dystopian sci-fi., 17 Dec. 2011
This review is from: PARANOIA T1 Stay Alert (The Troubleshooter Rules) (Kindle Edition)
In the first book of the Troubleshooter Rules trilogy, Allen Varney masterfully demonstrates the potential in a setting often dismissed as simple base humour and slapstick for serious satirical writing. Although an air of dark humour pervades throughout, the tone of the story is one of definite menace. Although based on popular role-playing game PARANOIA, no familiarity with the game is assumed as the story of Troubleshooter Team Rotisserie and their quest to return a stolen helpbot is told from the perspective of Team Leader Fletcher-R-JSV-1, interspersed with the debriefing room activities of the team at the mission's close. As the story progresses, the reader is introduced to the setting of Alpha Complex as Fletcher learns of its murky underside, gradually gaining pace until a page-turning climax and a conclusion which leaves the reader anxious for the release of part 2.
Although the writing is at times difficult to read or overly clunky, it is of an overall high standard that should appeal to fans of comedy writers such as Douglas Adams, and for the most part is in a style which carries the story along, without any glaring instances of humour being allowed to get in the way of the story. In conclusion, a fantastic read and well recommended.

Disclaimer: Review copy received free of charge.
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