Expert Assistance [NOOK Book]

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To get out of debt, spacer Jake Bonner takes on two odd jobs. The first, chauffeur pop star Evvie Martini on her tour; the second, helping Daniel and Clarissa Rosen overthrow their planet’s tyrannical ruler.

Unfortunately for Jake, Evvie finds out about his second assignment and, hoping to advance her career, invites herself to the ...
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Expert Assistance

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Overview

To get out of debt, spacer Jake Bonner takes on two odd jobs. The first, chauffeur pop star Evvie Martini on her tour; the second, helping Daniel and Clarissa Rosen overthrow their planet’s tyrannical ruler.

Unfortunately for Jake, Evvie finds out about his second assignment and, hoping to advance her career, invites herself to the revolution. From there the absurdity grows for Jake and his band of “freedom fighters.”

Expert Assistance pokes fun at revolutions, pop culture, and some of the cliches of sci-fi.
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Editorial Reviews

Heartland Reviews - Bob Spear
This very funny space opera science fiction is also a brilliant social commentary, especially on the shallowness of pop culture... this story should be considered a classic in the field of social commentary.... The author, an active historian, brings to bear an excellent knowledge of what comprises good music and theatre and how bad and shallow current and evolving pop culture is. It is a cleanly written story and is very appropriate for young, gifted readers. We rated this... four hearts.
Kansas Libraries Newsletter 9-2007 - Roy Bird
Expert Assistance is full of vivid, contemporary language, is largely nonviolent, yet fast-paced. It will appeal to many modern readers not only because of its ingenious content, but also for its revolutionary publishing style. It’s a fun read as well as an innovation that we will see more of in the future of book publishing. Collins should be applauded for being among the first Kansas authors to explore this new galaxy.
Bob Spear
This very funny space opera science fiction is also a brilliant social commentary, especially on the shallowness of pop culture... this story should be considered a classic in the field of social commentary.... The author, an active historian, brings to bear an excellent knowledge of what comprises good music and theatre and how bad and shallow current and evolving pop culture is. It is a cleanly written story and is very appropriate for young, gifted readers. We rated this... four hearts.
Roy Bird
Expert Assistance is full of vivid, contemporary language, is largely nonviolent, yet fast-paced. It will appeal to many modern readers not only because of its ingenious content, but also for its revolutionary publishing style. It’s a fun read as well as an innovation that we will see more of in the future of book publishing. Collins should be applauded for being among the first Kansas authors to explore this new galaxy.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012100832
  • Publisher: Robert Collins
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Series: The Jake Bonner 'verse , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Collins is the author of three published SF novels: Expert Assistance, Lisa's Way, and Monitor; plus one short story collection, The Sagas of Surgard. He's written several books on Kansas railroad history, including Ghost Railroads of Kansas and Kansas Train Tales. He's also written biographies of "Bleeding Kansas" leader Senator Jim Lane and General James G. Blunt.

In addition to books, he's sold stories to periodicals such as Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine; Tales of the Talisman; Space Westerns; Golden Visions; and Sorcerous Signals. He's had almost 90 short story sales as of January 2011.

He's also sold articles to publications such as Wild West; Territorial Magazine; Working Writer; and Model Railroader. He placed first once in the annual historical essay contest held by the Butler County Historical Society, tied for first once, come in second place four times, and come in third once. He has over 120 article sales as of January 2011.
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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    An Easy Read for Sci-Fi Fans

    A starship owned by Jake Bonner docks at a space station and finds that it will not be allowed to leave until Jake comes up with cash for a past-due debt. He reluctantly takes on a job of escorting a young pop star on her tour. He is also contacted by a couple from a colony planet, Antioch Two, that offers to pay him 5% of all planet mining profits, each year, for life, in exchange for his help in overthrowing the current owner of the colony, Sordius Maxis. While onboard the ship, pop star Evvie Martini finds out about the plan, and sees it as a great way to promote her career. Jake reluctantly agrees to let her help, and the revolution begins.

    Expert Assistance was a fast-paced read. There were several grammatical errors, but nothing that truly slows you down. Sci-Fi fans will love the technology described in the book. Lots of details regarding tele-porting, robotics, and communication fill the pages. There was very little violence involved in this revolution, which makes it so much easier to cheer the underdogs on.

    I would have liked to see the characters a little more developed, and possibly a few more insights from the side of Sordius Maxis, but overall, it was a light, enjoyable read. (Review by Charlie - A Literary R&R review team member)

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