It's the 25th Century and the President
of America has taken over the world.
Meanwhile... after a cleaner unplugged his cryogenic machine by accident, Inspector Capstan awakes to find that he's been in a state of suspended animation for over four hundred years. He’s also been reinstated as a policeman and has been assigned the case of a missing cow.
A Note From the Publisher
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S WORK
"Absurd comedy of the style Douglas Adams used to grace us with has been in short supply since he left for what has been, I must say, an unreasonably long tea time. Though many have attempted to fill in during his absence, this work comes closer than anything I've since read without sounding like it's specifically trying to fill those sweaty, beer-soaked loafers."
Clifford Hall, Amazon.com
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Average rating from 44 members
I was lucky enough to receive an arc copy of the ebook and I loved it!! I love the characters, particularly Capstan and Dewbush and of course, Lucy Butterbum. Capstan's adjustment to the future is hilarious. I really enjoyed the quirky humour and bizarre adventure. Well worth a read. Looking forward to the next installment.
Inspector Capstan is back with a bang and I loved it. This time he has been cryogenically frozen for over 400 years and when he is woken he has to work on a case with the umpteenth descendant of his former colleague Dewbush and also get used to being in the future where everything is different. If you liked the previous series then you will also love this one, I can't recommend it highly enough
The holiday season can get a bit overwrought so, when I saw this book I thought it looked different enough to inject a little spice into the wilderness that is the bit of the year between Christmas and New Year that is usually a bit flat. I mean, who can't resist a book with a great big cow on the cover? Anyway, what I got was a totally bonkers romp through time and space which kept me amused for the duration with its often irreverent humour. I can see it being a bit of a marmite book though as you really need to have a similar sense of humour as the author to really get the good bits so I would recommend you do make use of the sample system to test the water so to speak before diving right in. One man's meat and all that jazz. Anyway, we first meet DI Capstan when he is accidentally woken up from being cryogenically frozen because a cleaner forgot to pug him back in after using the socket. He's a bit confused initially even though there is the familiar face of his Sergeant, Dewbush, in attendance. Thing is, he has no idea he had been frozen and is more confused when he is told the date and that his Sergeant isn't his Sergeant after all but his great, great etc grandson. But, there's no going back - time travel is banned - so, as he never actually retired from the force in the first place, it seems the right thing to do to accept when he is offered his old job back and partnered with Dewbush who will also double up as his guide to the 25th Century. A place where things are really not the same as he soon finds out when his first case is one of a missing cow; a rather precious commodity in the time he is now in. As already mentioned, this book is really rather delightfully bonkers. It also contains some really rather interesting characters that I will not mention in detail here as it is way more fun to meet them cold along the way. As our intrepid duo get in scrape after shenanigan to follow the moos, sorry clues, to find and rescue the bewildered bovine, they get in all kinds of trouble and even get embroiled in an intergalactic incident. It also contains some very interesting memory links for those of a certain age, as well as some rather amusing word play along the way which all had me tittering and, on occasion, laughing out loud as I devoured the story in just a few sittings. I understand that this is not the first outing for Capstan but I haven't met him before and we got on here just fine so I guess you don't have to have read the previous books. Being the first in this new series, and with some elements of the now only being touched on, there is definitely a lot more to the characters and the situation they, especially Capstan, find themselves in in this first offering and I for one really can't wait to see what happens in book two. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
What a hilarious, riotous and surreal tale. I absolutely loved it. Many a chuckle, many laugh out loud “oh know I’m reading this in public!” moments. I’m defintely going to read more of David Blake’s books. A brilliant find.
As a fan of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett I was attracted by the cover as it reminded me of both these authors. The book is hilarious and really fun to read. Hope to be able to read the next instalment at soonest. Many thanks to Britcom Publishing and Netgalley
I don't think I have ever read anything quite like this, and that is not a bad thing.It was delightfully bonkers and very funny.I loved the idea that the cleaner had turned off some ones cryogenic machine by accident and they had thawed out.that was just the start of a wild and wonderful adventure.I bet the author had some fun writing this book, I certainly had fun reading it. I loved the characters and the wacky situations I have to give this 5 stars for originality alone, and I enjoyed the story.Thanks to the Publishers and Netgalley for an ARC.