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"A cross between Red Dwarf and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (Rich Gregson)

Space trucker Jon Simmons has messed up, big time. He’s put blueprints for a planet-destroying weapon in the wrong hands, threatening billions. And now it’s up to his guilt-ridden derrière to stop it - once he’s had supper, that is....

After the revelation of what he’s done sinks in, Jon is hell-bent on redemption - even if things do get a bit...squiffy. Fighting his way across the galaxy with his ragtag crew, Jon finally comes face-to-face with his archenemy. But things don’t quite turn out as planned. As people begin to die, it seems Jon’s fate is sealed. But he begins to wonder if he can change his future, and his past - prevent countless deaths? He doesn’t know yet, but try he must....

Zeno’s Last Grain is the hilarious first book in a new space comedy series. If you’re a fan of humorous sci-fi, then you’ll love Jay Gaskell’s fast-paced galactic romp.

Buy The Galaxy Marshals (Book 1) to take off for a fun sci-fi space adventure today!

©2021 Jay Gaskell (P)2021 Jay Gaskell

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Great Book

Really did enjoy this book, one of those little gems that pulls you in and keeps you entertained throughout, loved the characters and looking forward to the next book

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  • 08-10-21

Brilliant

having read the book and really enjoyed it bought the audio book to listen to on my break time.
Brilliant it really brought the characters to life and filled in a couple of things I missed.
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Funny, stupid and brilliant!!

Loved it. Some belly laughs, some "groan" moments and a crazy adventure. Hope "Next Book"? Continues from where the epilogue left us!

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  • 29-11-21

Intriguing!

Listening to this brought a smile to my face the comedy is something else. Good performance.

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  • Justin
  • 25-11-21

A Humorously Enjoyably Story

Once I started reading this it was hard to put down. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and took me away for a bit on a humorous adventure and I can't wait to listen 2 book 2. The narrator really brought the characters to life!

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 22-11-21

Fun but lacks diversity

The galaxy is full of hilarious situations and very few females. Well, at least this book lacks gender equality. For the myriad of characters our heroes encounter, there are almost no female characters and, if I recall correctly, only 1 gets a name and she’s a pack animal. This is my biggest problem with the story. While the story is fun, it’s rather predictable and full of jokes that rely on bodily functions.

With that said, I did enjoy my time with John, Arthur, Charles, and Cuthbert. They make up a deranged set of heroes who spend a lot of time bickering among themselves. Despite their numerous handicaps, they do get to save the galaxy – yay! John plays the straight man, always surprised and/or disgusted by the things and people he encounters in this messed up quest. Arthur is an older, whacky version of John providing wisdom and hail mary saves as the plot requires. I didn’t really like Charles and Cuthbert much. One is abusive and the other way too submissive and co-dependent. But together they make an odd pair that help John along the way.

The desert planet, one of their first ‘stops’, was fun. I really liked all the desert animals, even tho they were rather tough and disgusting. The modified humans were interesting too. Later on, when the crew are hard up for cash, they separate and get jobs. John ends up working at a brothel, which I thought was pretty funny and kind of daring since not many space opera stories have the hero working as a prostitute. Then the pizza delivery scheme was clever. All told, it’s not a bad story. 3/5 stars.

The Narration: Kevin E Green did a good job with this book. I like his voices for John and Arthur but sometimes his voices for Charles and Cuthbert sounded very similar and I had trouble keeping them straight. Tho to his credit, those two characters are related. He had a great variety of voices for all the different aliens we encounter. He did a great job making them sound gritty, rough, blubbery, slimy, quavering, etc. as needed. The pacing was good and there were no tech issues with this recording. 4.5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.