Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BOB by @TegonMaus #SciFi #Humour

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com

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My Opinion

This book introduces you to newspaper guy Peter Anderson whose career is going downhill. A promising story requires him to get a ride to the interview; his driver is – Bob.

With Bob, Tegon Maus has created a clever combination of science fiction and mystery with a humorous streak. The story comprises some interesting characters with sufficient depth; Peter “Andy” and Dimitri “Bob” have some weird encounters, facing more than one tricky situation. I had a great time reading Bob – it is a very fast-paced read. I was drawn into the story right away, understanding Peter’s desire to help Emma and his frustration as well as enjoying Bob’s take on things.

This is for you if you like shorter, fast-paced reads, urban (Arizona!) science fiction, funny moments, interesting characters and mysteries.

Recommended.

Is there a “Bob” fan club?

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Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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3.5 out of 5 stars

SERVICE BEFORE SELF by Tegon Maus

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

Toby Grant has a new job. He’s started work at Handy Dandy Services, a firm that sorts out anything from cockroach killing to leaking taps. On the first day as a ‘newbie’ he is teamed with the mysterious Ryan, and soon discovers that the job is anything but straightforward—particularly when he becomes involved in Ryan’s shady past.

This book is very amusing in places, and, certainly at first, every job on which Toby is sent is a source of amusement, disgust and disbelief. I warn you – make sure you’re not eating anything when you read the first twenty per cent! The characterisation and dialogue is very good indeed, sharp and funny (I particularly loved Dottie May and the redneck boyfriend).

My one recommendation for the author would be to get himself a new proofreader—there are punctuation errors on every page, mostly missing commas that, on occasion, actually make the sentences read wrongly (“You ready to load Lou?” means something entirely different from “You ready to load, Lou?”), but also superfluous commas stuck in at random, and backwards, missing and superfluous apostrophes.

The book is unusual and entertaining; I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy it, but a bit more attention to detail would give it a greater chance at success.

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Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/

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BOB by Tegon Maus

Sci-fi

Rated: 3.5 stars out of 5

 

It’s been quite a few years since I read a sci-fi novel and I was looking forward to getting my extra-terrestrial teeth into reading Tegan Maus’s, BOB. 

 

We are introduced to main character and journalist, Peter Anderson as he is bundled into a car with a large Russian called Bob.  You get a good sense of Peter’s angst at being driven around town at high speed by this unusual character.  Maus opts to write Bob’s dialogue with a Russian accent.  In my head, I was rolling over the speech as if I was a member of the KGB.  After a while, it did start to slow my reading down as I tried to ‘get into character’.  Fortunately, Bob is a fun chap to read about, although he remains a mystery for the most part.  I did begin to chuckle at the ‘Bob have cousin’ line.

 

Any sci-fi fan holds out hope that aliens are real, and Maus uses this to great effect in his book by portraying the other-worldly visitors as ‘human-like’.  Emma is a complex character who finds a place in Peter’s heart, but is this the real thing or just an illusion?

 

The storyline is quite complex but full of action, humour, government conspiracies, and suspense.  I had to re-read a couple of sections as I did get lost occasionally.

 

All in all, Bob was an enjoyable read.

 

I received an copy of BOB in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT and rated it 3.5 stars.

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Today’s second team review comes from Teri, she blogs at http://teripolen.com/

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After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away, at least it was, until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement. After helping her to escape, she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from. His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers. The only thing he knows for certain . . . the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide . . . “IS BELT.” – Goodreads.com

My review:  5 stars

This book is about UFOs, aliens, and a newspaper reporter’s desperate attempts to maintain a credible career…..or is it?  If you ask me, this book is about the Russian immigrant Bob and his highly questionable, yet entertaining assortment of ‘cousins’.  They make the book and rightfully deserve a spin-off of their own, in my opinion.

Bob is part light sci-fi with some dashes of suspense and a generous helping of humor.  Nearly every obstacle Peter encounters in his quest to obtain the story of a lifetime, Bob “have cousin” to solve the problem – and I laughed out loud several times at the situations they found themselves in.  This is a quick read, but much is packed into these pages and it rambles along at a brisk pace.  Some things are left to reader interpretation, but I have no problem with that.

Maybe you’re not a sci-fi fan – don’t worry, Bob doesn’t lean too heavily on that genre – but if you like light, humorous reads, you won’t be sorry you gave Bob a chance.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Rosie’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

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Today’s second team review is from Steve.

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Bob by Tegon Maus

 

Bob is a modern day SciFi story. Set in contemporary Arizona, the plot delivers both dramatic alien and human encounters against the backdrop of a truth-seeking reporter who discovers more than just a good story.

 

Bob is great, when you meet him you will simultaneously want to run away from him and use him as a shield to ward off evil. I believe everyone should have a Bob in their lives, especially any intrepid reporters who will relentlessly pursue a story against the odds. You are drawn into the action in the same way as Bob drives his 1987 Lincoln and I would recommend buckling up before reading this book.

If you have watched the X-Files you will quickly grasp the references to aliens and ‘greys’ but this book, unlike the TV series, is much more conclusive in revealing the conspiracy. The pace of the book is fast, keeping the reader fully involved in uncovering the mystery and at times you wonder if Peter Anderson has time to draw a breath before the next onslaught.

Sprinkled throughout the book are some great, throwaway, humorous references such as the AC/DC track playing during Peter’s first car journey with Bob and jokes about mistrusting the Government from Thorpe. As the story develops and characters are introduced, the pressure builds on Mr Anderson to quit and although you know he is struggling, you are willing him to keep on chasing the truth.

Even though I came to expect the silent request for money communicated via a hand gesture, I enjoyed the banter of the relationship between Peter and Bob. They save each other’s lives and develop a mutual respect. Their relationship is the soul of this book – the author left me wanting to know more about Bob (and his numerous cousins).

 

4 out of 5 stars

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