Vintage, 2012 (2012)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
magine, if you will, what would happen if you were repairing an old clock and you accidentally triggered a doomsday machine. Sound improbable? Of course! But that's what happens when Joe Spark, an English clock expert, is tinkering with a clockwork mechanism at the outset of this outlandish but fun thriller.
nce he sets this 1950s machine back in motion, poor Joe's quiet life is totally disrupted by a bizarre collection of mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, crazy scientists and other equally ridiculous, dastardly villains.
f course, there's an upside to all this as well. Joe meets retired British secret agent Edie Banister and together the two vigorously tackle the forces of evil with some pretty astounding results.
has been called '
a major league hoot
a brilliant piece of escapism
' and '
an absurdist send-up of pulp story tropes and end-of-the-world scenarios
ctually, it is all of these things plus a very amusing read that will take you back to the days when you couldn't get enough comic book adventures and action serials.
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