A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!
The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front - and trying to double-cross them both - may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists - while still keeping Rex’s martini glass filled.
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Good old fashioned schlock
The narration was spot on - bearing in mind that the narrator is both a robot and a great deal smarter than the 'lead' character.
The denouement. It was quite unexpected and I just hope the author hasn't made it impossible to write any follow-ups.
There are too many excellent scenes in a book of this length to easily pick one, but any scene with Rex so drunk or incompetent his loyal robot has to do his thinking for him will do.
It's not an especially moving book, although it does have its moments.
This is a good long audio book and if you like old-school sci-first done with a good dollop of humour it's well worth checking out. It will never win awards, but it kept me amused for quite a few hours of DIY and I resorted to it again when painting and decorating was needed. That's surely a book which has earned its keep!
It wasn't funny
I bought this book because a few people said it was very funny, I was hoping it might be as clever and witty as 'Hitchhikers guide' but it was dreary.
Maybe the written book comes across better. The narrator drove me mad and I found I was unable to listen to it. I am sending it back.