For fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett comes a hilarious new space and time adventure
Neo City, 2509.
After a series of operational bungles, as well as the accidental death of his partner, special agent Blake Carter's career at the Planetary Bureau of Investigation is in trouble.
To make matters worse, he's just been assigned a new partner - and the beautiful and brilliant Nicki Steel happens to be a cyborg.
When universe-famous criminal Bartholomew Badde steals a weapon capable of destroying whole planets at a time, Blake and Nikki must work together to recover it, an investigation that takes them to all corners of the weird and wonderful galaxy.
But things get serious when Badde kidnaps Blake's teenage daughter, Lisa. Can Blake prove he's still a first-rate agent - not to mention father - and save Lisa in time?
About the Author
Darrell Pitt began his lifelong appreciation of Victorian literature when he read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, quickly moving on to H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. This early reading led to a love of comics, science fiction and all things geeky. Darrell is now married with one daughter. He lives in Melbourne. Three Jack Mason Adventures, The Firebird Mystery, The Secret Abyss and The Broken Sun, will be released by Text in 2014.
'The adventures of Blake Carter and Nicky Steel, along with commentary by editor Zeeb Blatsnart, bring a lighthearted science fiction story to life. A Toaster on Mars is a laugh-out-loud and thoroughly enjoyable read!' -- Melanie Nemer, Austrek President 'This is a fun, exuberant book to read which sees the main character, Blake Carter, on a non-stop race around the solar system ending up on the titular Mars (Carter on Mars anyone?)...The book is an obvious homage to Douglas Adams but is not slavish in its interpretation and what I really liked, as an SF fan, was picking up on all the other SF references in the story. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of an immersive 3D version of Plan Nine from Outer Space...4.23657 toasters out of 5.' -- Dallas Jones, Doctor Who Club of Australia 'This novel crackels with wit and violence...the fun doesn't let up.' Reading Time 'Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students who appreciate the ridiculous will enjoy this fast paced book with its zany sense of humour. There is nothing subtle about the irony in the novel which creates many laugh-out-loud moments.' ReadPlus 'This pseudo-science-fiction book provides laughs of all types: readers will progress from snickers to giggles to, finally, belly laughs and shouts of outrage.' Kirkus Reviews 'A jaded (some might say washed up), hardened investigator with a twelve-year-old is an unusual narrator for a YA tale, but Australian author Pitt pulls it off with aplomb...It's not quite Douglas Adams amounts of interstellar wonkiness, but given the fact that there's a sentient Swiss cheese sandwich threatening their lives at one point, it comes close.' Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books 'A manic caper full of talking cars, espionage blunders, Brady Bunch psychosis, and comedic interjections from the book's fictional editor, as Carter and his partner travel from the depths of the Mariana Trench all the way to Mars (where, spoiler alert, there are no toasters). Packed with references to contemporary culture, this satirical, quirky sci-fi adventure might appeal to fans of Douglas Adams' well-loved Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.' Booklist 'The adventure begins and holds its own in a tale full of jokes, puns and carnivorous sandwiches, yes, really. A comic tale that doesn't disappoint, curl up with a cuppa and a sandwich (if you dare!) and enjoy...' AND Guide 'Works exceptionally well...I can't wait to see what weird adventures are next in store for our heroes.' Bookbag
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th May 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.4 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22