Our hero works in a publishing firm, frequents pubs that play live music, and the love of his life is a fast and loose girl called Sophie.
Normal life begins to take a turn for the worse when an alien artifact approaches the Moon bases of the major Earth empires, and then begins to approach the Earth.
Set in an alternate history where man has colonised the Moon, The Mailed Fist examines how society handles impending doom. Dance the last dance.
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Well, this book is unlike anything I have read before. It had a very black humour, but is essentially a sci-fi thriller short. I once attended a film showing at the Tate presented by Mark Kermode and he introduced the film by saying that it “Started hysterical and went up from that.” I would say that The Mailed Fist ‘Starts frantic and goes up from that.’ Its main plot revolves around the invasion of Earth by alien ‘drone,’ which prove almost indestructible. But the action seems to take place mostly in a small village somewhere in the UK. I loved the action, intelligent plot and the humour. I particularly loved the witty play on words and references to the French Monarchy and the Emperor of the United Kingdom. This story doesn’t just play with images, it plays with ideas about the future political make-up of the World. A stand out phrase which made me belly-laugh was the ‘A shoot for Cor Blimey magazine,’ echoing the tasteless pap that is served up by some of today’s gossip rags. If you like the idea of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on steroids, I recommend this. A great, fast read.