Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pg. 99: Hal Spacejock -- "Just Desserts"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Simon Haynes's third "Hal Spacejock" novel, Just Desserts.

About the book, from the author's website:
A mysterious sealed crate, a pair of shady mercenaries with more guns than brain cells and the amnesiac robot which may or may not be on a secret mission ... Only interstellar ignoramus Hal Spacejock and the unflappable Clunk could turn a straightforward cargo delivery into space opera with clowns.

Three simmering planets, two cocky spacemen and one huge mess: Just Desserts, for your pleasure.
Among the praise for Just Desserts:
"You can't read a chapter without running across a pun, joke or double-entendre that will get you smiling, chuckling or outright chortling. [...] You really care about these characters and are on the edge of your seat as you follow their adventures. A real page turner."

"How Haynes dreams up his improbable scenarios is a mystery to me, but I'm glad he does it ... enjoy another fast and furious ride with the zap-happy, zany rapscallions."

"Think A Night At The Opera or any other Marx Brothers movie, in which pompous characters get their -- er -- just desserts, in the midst of mostly unintended chaos.... If you enjoy golden age comic space operas, such as Harry Harrison’s, you’ll like this."
--Sue Bursztynski, January Magazine
Visit Simon Haynes's website to learn more about Just Desserts as well as the past and future adventures of Hal Spacejock.

The Page 99 Test: Just Desserts.

--Marshal Zeringue