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Summary

An Irishman in space. Hoards of alien technological treasures to be discovered. What could go wrong?

Don't answer that....

Fletcher Connolly hasn't got a lot to lose. Since he and half the galaxy signed on to the rat race of the technological relics trade, Fletch has come to terms with the idea that he will join the ranks of unlucky explorers that perish light years from home without a dime to his name.

But bankruptcy is a great motivator. With friends and family counting on him to strike it rich, Fletch embarks on an unwilling quest for alien treasure. His decrepit exploration ship, the Skint Idjit, and her successor, the Intergalactic Bogtrotter, plunge disastrously through the wildest regions of the Interstellar Railroad...from an uninhabited planet appropriately named Suckass...to a deliberately misnamed mafia-run planet known as Arcadia...to a rogue planet inhabited by aliens resembling cuddly teddy bears...to a moon covered with giant cacti...and, ultimately, to the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy, where Fletch's terrible judgment comes back to bite him in the rear for the last time.

Epic catastrophes and belly laughs pile up breathlessly in this delightful comic sci-fi adventure, a worthy successor to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

This complete edition of The Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connolly on the Interstellar Railroad contains all four episodes of Fletch's unlucky career:

  • Skint Idjit
  • Intergalactic Bogtrotter
  • Banjaxed Ceili
  • Supermassive Blackguard

Felix R. Savage is the NYT, WSJ, and USAT best-selling author of the Earth's Last Gambit Quartet and many other books. This is by far the funniest one.

©2016 Felix R. Savage (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • wag more
  • 26-07-18

I wanted to love this book, but I did like it

Seemed like this book was comprised of a podcast or radio series - more so than as an actual single novel. The characters were fun; adventures a hoot, but the book came up a little empty. Like professional wrestling, there was an unfulfilled repetitiveness in the hi-jinks and capers throughout the book. This is a fun read, but won't really challenge you - a good ride with no real destination in mind.

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  • josh
  • 26-05-18

good non crappy mid range story.

I wasn't sure about it, but it got right into a solid SF story.
its not a sweeping space opera, its not too silly or ironic.
its a mid range solid adventure with likable characters and some fun sf.

I would say this is a breakfast at Denny's. Not hang over breakfast. Not job interview breakfast.
it's kind of breakfast with your dad before splitting a lot of wood.

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  • VJG
  • 13-09-17

So much fun!

I'm calling this narrator "Nick O'Podehl" from now on. He's always fantastic but this performance of a really witty and fun book is brilliant. So much to love - CBs on the LP, Fletch's American accent brought out to save his skin, wicked corporate overlords, fancy dress parties, tree cats. Really glad I spent this credit.

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  • erobbins33
  • 31-10-17

Super awesome!!!!

I'd already read the first two books in this series, and liked them. The humor is fun, and the characters are memorable. I'm already a fan of this author's Elfrida Goto series, or whatever he's calling it now that it's past book 3. This series appealed to me in the same way. There's humor, grand adventures, and ALIENS! I absolutely loved these. I would recommend to anyone who likes the original Star Wars trilogy, and wished there was a little more humor (NOT Space Balls level, just a little more than Lucas felt necessary), or just wished their sci-fi was a bit more tongue-in-cheek. The voice actor sounds familiar, and I will definitely be looking for more from him, as well.

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  • PB
  • 12-09-17

Nonstop entertainment

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This book was great. I listened to it all in one go without stopping, chuckling to myself the whole way. I really hope that there are more stories of the Connolly family, especially Fletcher.

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  • diane c
  • 11-05-20

to be honest I bought this for the voice acting

the story is laugh out loud funny frequently. it's hard to decide if it's the story or the superb voice acting of Nick Podehl. if, like me you are a student of sarcasm and other forms of wry humor you may also enjoy this. it does become a bit predictable and the ending is pure romance but I think I'd listen more that once.

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  • thomas dye
  • 12-07-19

fun but not great

Overall I enjoyed it. Not great but not bad. the lead character was identifiable and mostly human and entertaining. The story line got a bit predictable, I felt. It's certainly worth a credit, but don't waste your cash on it.

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  • Dogs & Horses
  • 25-07-18

Funny, light hearted take on sci-fi

I'm immensely surprised by how much I loved the Audible version of this series. It's sort of sci-fi lite if you will and that's fine. It's light hearted and silly and fun in all the right ways. There are ridiculous alien creatures - butterflyzilla - and sinister multi planet corporatezillas with familiar names still up to the same antics and little guys dodging around by the seat of their pants trying to make a buck and outrun the bill collectors. It's funny and full of wise cracks and some interesting new ideas about alien life before us out there. The narrator does a good job and his voices for different characters are clear and easy to distinguish

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  • Kristi
  • 18-07-18

Great fun in a grim future

This was rolicking fun... a fresh view of a grim universe with a likeable hopeless hero thrashing around in it getting into one mess after another. With a delightful Irish accent!

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  • Dan G
  • 28-01-18

LOL Space Adventure!

What A Ride on a RAILROAD In SPACE! of all things. --- And if THAT doesn't sound unbelievable enough for you, well just hang on to your chain-dogs because FR Savage is going to throw out and away anything resembling "Hard" Sci-Fi in favor of pure Sci-Fi-Fantasy FUN! = Douglas Adams would have been right proud! LOL

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