If you asked Andi Turbot whether she had anything in common with Flash Gordon she'd say no, emphatically. Saving the world is for dynamic, go-ahead, leaders of men and while it would be nice to see a woman getting involved for a change, she believes she could be the least well-equipped being in her galaxy for the job.
Then her best friend, Eric, reveals that he is an extraterrestrial. He's not just any ET either. He's Gamalian: seven-foot, lobster-shaped and covered in Marmite-scented goo. Just when Andi's getting used to that he tells her about the Apocalypse and really ruins her day.
The human race will perish unless Eric's Gamalian superiors step in. Abducted and trapped on an alien ship, Andi must convince the Gamalians her world is worth saving. Or escape from their clutches and save it herself.
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This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Andi Turbot is a London college student who does standup comedy in her spare time. She would never think of herself as a science fiction heroine. She has a friend named Eric with whom she has a close, platonic relationship. When Eric reveals that he is extraterrestrial, she doesn’t believe him at first. Then he drops his disguise and turns into a seven-foot, lobster-shaped alien covered in Marmite-scented goo. He informs her that a meteor is on a collision course with Earth. She is left with two choices. Convince Eric’s superiors that her homeworld is worth saving or escape and do it herself. With political intrigue that rivals humanity’s, neither will be easy. Review: M. T. McGuire’s novel is a lighthearted romp in through old science fiction tropes. There are strange aliens that are somehow endearing. There is a planet smashing crisis to overt to save humanity. Andi Turbot is introduced to Eric, a Gamalian pilot scouting Earth. He wasn’t supposed to get this close to her but somehow became her friend. Now he feels duty bound to save her planet. Much of their success hinges on convincing Dodge (a title) Sneed that she is sentient. Considering that Earth is strategically placed for a colonizing expedition, this revelation is something that those in power will not easily accept. The book is entertaining, and the concepts are interesting. The interplay between Andi, Eric, Smeesch, and Neewong is fun. However, it is not a page-turner. I was able to put the book down for long stretches. Still, if you like the old B-movies, it’s worth a read.
Escape from B-Movie Hell is cheeky fun, but expect more chuckles than laugh-out-loud moments. Written in the vein of old time adventures such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, the novel features Andi Turbot, a British Art restoration student. It comes as a surprise when she discovers her best friend Eric is an alien rather than simply fashion challenged. She takes it in stride that he is in reality a large lobster-shaped entity dripping marmite scented goo. That being said, she doesn't expect to be teleported to an alien ship or to find out that an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. If you like cheesy fifties scifi flicks you will definitely enjoy this light-hearted homage. Read with friends for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style book round. 4/5 I received a copy of Escape from B-Movie Hell from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom