- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: WordFire Press LLC (26 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161475585X
- ISBN-13: 978-1614755852
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 349 g
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Peter Jewell Heck is an American science fiction and mystery author, best known for his "Mark Twain Mysteries" and Phule's Company series. He was an editor for Ace Books and is a regular reviewer for Asimov's Science Fiction and Kirkus Reviews.
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While there are minor issues with most of the characters, the core issues are with Sushi and Escrima. In previous books Sushi was presented as a reserved and polite character who stuck to the odds and spoke in proper English. It was a way to contrast him with his partner, who was brash, outspoken and used a lot of slang. However, the character is now identical to his partner in both attitude and speech patterns. Escrima is written with the same issue. Previously the character was quietly intense and aggressive, spoke only rarely and used broken English. However, in this book the character is loquacious and uses full sentences with lots of slang.
It took a few years but Asprin and Heck do a good job of picking up where Phule's Paradise left off. Not only do all of our old favorites return (to varying degrees), but we get to make new friends along the way, many of whom carry on Asprin's trademark sense of the ridiculous. Remember how Maxine Pruet had all those horrible plans for our Captain Jester and the Omega Company at the end of Phule's Paradise? Well, they all come to pass in this enjoyable and (surprise!) offbeat sequel, but not without Phule's uncanny knack for getting himself AND his men out of hot water. But the mob boss on Lorelei isn't the only one gunning for Phule. Once again General Blitzkreig is doing his best to see the end of Willard Phule's career in the Space Legion. Things really get rolling (and we hope one of those rolling things isn't our Fearless Leader's head), when Blitzkreig sends the Omega Company back to the original site of Phule's most ignominious escapade.
Is this book worth the years of waiting? That depends on the reader. I personally don't think any book is "worth" a seven year wait. If you're looking for something to justify all that waiting, then don't bother. The result would have to be a masterpiece of monolithic proportions...and this one ain't. But if you're looking for the continuation of a story with memorable characters and satirical wit, check it out and enjoy, it's worth the discounted paperback price.
I encourage all of Asprin's fool fans...er, Phule fans to try this one out. But remember, don't let years of expectation and anticipation ruin the experience for you. Read A Phule and His Money, then go back and re-read all three books in order. I don't think you'll regret it.