Expert Assistance

Expert Assistance To Get Out Of Debt, Spacer Jake Bonner Takes On Two Odd Jobs The First, Chauffeuring Teen Pop Star Evvie Martini On A Cross Galaxy Tour The Second, Helping A Couple Of Unhappy Miners, Daniel And Clarissa Rosen, Overthrow Their Planet S Tyrannical Ruler Expert Assistance Pokes Fun At Revolution, Pop Culture And Some Of The Cliches Of Sci Fi

I write science fiction and fantasy I ve sold over 100 short stories I have multiple novels and series available.I try to live minimally I m hoping to one day live in a tiny house.I ve also written books and articles about Kansas history.

❰Reading❯ ➷ Expert Assistance Author Robert  Collins –
  • Paperback
  • 180 pages
  • Expert Assistance
  • Robert Collins
  • English
  • 06 July 2019
  • 9781934337080

10 thoughts on “Expert Assistance

  1. says:

    Jake Bonner is given a task he is not at all pleased to undertake However, his intelligent computer counterpart named Odin insists he use the odd jobs to help pay off his debts.Their small scout ship is accompanied by the pop singing sensation, Evvie Martini, and the adventure takes a whole new spin Jake must do his best to put up with the spoiled star as he tries to set up plans for his other task leading a rebellion on Antioch Two.With the star at his side and the AI overhead, Jake leads the planet to a rebellion that you would not expect Be prepared to set aside time for this read as you will find it difficult to put down.Robert Collins takes us down a trip into our imaginations to a fun time in our future His use of of pop references and science fiction nods are witty and quick The dialogue is easy to follow and breathes life to the characters I enjoyed the ride.

  2. says:

    Sit back and imagine, if you will, a story where Lazarus Long, Hannah Montanna, and the Marvin the Paranoid Android on prozac get together to liberate a planet Got that image in your head Sounds like fun doesn t it Yep Reading it was fun, too.Jake, the main character is something of a cross between Han Solo and Lazarus Long Like Han he s in financial trouble Like Lazarus he seems to have seen and done everything at least once And like both of them he exudes a sense of fond grouchiness at the naive cute and fuzzy puppy types that keep tripping through his life.Like Lazarus, Jake has a sentient computer spaceship with a brain the size of a planet This one is not depressed, but does seem to have a dry sense of humor and irony sensors on overdrive Odin, in addition to knowing basically everything that ever was recorded, also has teleporter technology, can build almost anything, and crack basically any code As you can imagine, Odin is a very good friend to have Odin was built as a military vessel He became sentient and decided he did not want to be a warship Jake found him floating abandoned in the middle of space, probably bought him some fuel, and the two have been together since.And now, looking for some fast money, Jake has a new job Two new jobs really One is shuttling Evvie Martini Hannah Montanna, down to her dyed hair from gig to gig The other is helping the people of Antioch Two throw off Sordius Maxi, the owner of their planet.Of course, eventually Evvie finds out about the revolution, gets involved, and a cute little tale that can be described as Yay Liberty ensues The story is or less the fictional equivalent of kettle corn It s sweet, crunchy, yummy, but not exactly nutritious.Here s why In the past I ve mentioned something called power balance So, let s talk a little about plot and power balance For a plot to work, the good guys and the bad guys need a shot at winning It can be a one in a million shot, that s good reading, too But unless you want to study some sort of human emotion, ie lit fic the guys on one side can t so completely overpower the guys on the other to the point where the guys on the other have absolutely no shot at winning Sure the struggle of David V Goliath is good reading, but the struggle between Goliath and the quadriplegic toddler isn t The toddler has no chance at all.Maxi never had a shot Odin isn t so much taking a gun to a knife fight as taking a tank and making sure that Omniscient God Almighty is driving it Maxi was so far out gunned by that computer it wasn t funny And to throw the power balance off even further, Maxi is a lot like Fredo Corleone than Michael.There s no tension to this plot, because there s no real danger There s no chance the revolution won t work There s no possibility of any of the main characters being in any danger Because of that, none of the main characters experience any real change And why would they Nothing was really risked Evvie is just a childish at the beginning of the revolution as she is in the end The rebels are just as clueless they never had to learn anything Odin, well, he s already the pinnacle of intellectual evolution, so there was nowhere for him to go Jake has no deeper understanding of anything because he knew it all to begin with If you ll forgive the comparison, this is not Moon is a Harsh Mistress It s not even close.When discussing revolution it s hard to avoid politics This was a fairly innocuous screed against commercialism, without being insulting or annoying I m about as far off on my side of the political spectrum as it s possible to get, and I didn t find the political content too bothersome I doubt anyone else who can still claim to be somewhere on the rational scale would either So, if you want a cute and safe read, an adventure where you know everyone comes home just peachy and the good guys are guaranteed to win, this one s for you.

  3. says:

    Article first published as Book Review Expert Assistance by Robert Collins on Blogcritics Going from being broke and having no opportunity to redeem yourself to having two opposing gigs is something that can really throw you off stride When one job entails protection of a seriously spoiled Diva, and the other entails helping a rebellion to succeed on a compromised planet, how do you choose the one most important Or do you Jake Bonner is a down and out spaceship pilot He is in hock and only has a ship because it was abandoned in space where he was able to connect to the ships computer, Odin Without Odin, most of what Jake has accomplished would not have been possible All the same, Jake is in trouble He is unable to pay his debts so when Odin is able to secure him not just one job but two he is ready to take charge.Evvie Martini, a young pop star, is his initial workload He is to chauffeur her and keep her safe during her tour When her tour just happens to coincide with his second opportunity it seems like luck is smiling with him Daniel and Clarissa Rosen need help overthrowing the dictatorial ruler of their planet This is to Jakes liking and abilities, but the money is necessary from his chauffeuring gig In between concerts and tours, Jake is hard at work helping the Rosen s along the way on their rebellion Keeping the two jobs separate is really becoming an issue, and when Evvie finds out what he is up to there is no stopping her She is now convinced that the publicity she would receive by being involved in helping in the rebellion will give her better standing with her fans, and when her parents and publicist agree, Jake is in for the time of his life.Expert Assistance, by Robert Collins is a funny and perverse look at putting together a rebellion on a shoestring Using his interesting team, which now consists of Odin, his computer, Evvie, and the Rosens he is in just a bit over his head Can they come together in such a way as to help Antioch Two succeed from its leader, and free those living in oppression Collins has written a fun and somewhat absurd science fiction that tickles your senses Evvie is the quintessential teen, full of drama and full of herself She is amusing and like any other teenager works at breaking the rules When she has an opportunity of a lifetime to become part of a rebellion she is in it up to her neck She jumps in with both feet and her presence is part of what makes the whole situation possible She is like many other teens you run across, and it was unexpected to find she was actually pretty sharp.Jake Bonner is a self starter, long on brains and abilities, but never quite up to snuff at staying ahead of the money game His ship is really all he has and when he realizes the constraints his finances have landed him in, he is game to jump into the fray He seems to have an innate sense of humor, and is able to roll with the punches Oden, his shipboard computer rounds up his personality with witty and fun as well as challenging repartee This dialogue keeps the humor and action going at a quick pace.The Rosens are just a nice couple who want changes on their planet They are looking to help free their people from oppression, and have many ideas but most of them are just quite absurd and they look to Jake for answers.If you are looking for a fun read with interesting characters this book will be up your alley It will also resonate with the science fiction buff, but be prepared for just a bit of slapstick humor The pace is quick and the action is continual A fun and interesting read.This book was received as a free copy from the author All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.

  4. says:

    Expert Assistance is an interesting science fiction story dealing with two different stories The two stories end up intermixing in a humorous combination of events that keep the story flowing fast and furious.Both of the stories are interesting, and I found that I really enjoyed the social commentary about modern pop stars Evvie is what I would consider your typical pop star She is nineteen and really only wants to have fun She is kind of a ditz and thinks she is the most awesome thing since buttered toast The other story about the revolution is also very interesting, and I really like the way Robert Collins sets the pace of the story The characters in the story are all highly believable The story actually reminded me of the Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison Jake Bonner is a smart main character that I liked instantly I enjoyed the way he had everything figured out, and I also liked that he was willing to have a bloodless revolution In the age we live in where movies are very violent and human life just doesn t seem to have any value at all, it was nice to read a story that was smartly written and where there was very little violence Overall, Expert Assistance is a excellent science fiction story that I couldn t wait to get back to every night The writing is smart, and in the future, I will definitely look for books from this author I would hope that there are Jake Bonner books forthcoming If there are, I will certainly be reading them So, if you are looking for a highly interesting Science Fiction story, pick up a copy of Expert Assistance today You will love it I rated this book a 9 out of 10.

  5. says:

    Robert Collins is an author who promotes his work at the MobileRead forums I visit the forums and I also like science fiction, so I decided to give it a try I chose Expert assistance because the synopsis sounded interesting Unfortunately, the premise of the story is not utilized There is nothing wrong with the writing, the characters may be somewhat one dimensional, but I didn t find it problematic The biggest drawback, in my opinion, is that the protagonists face no obstacles whatsoever actually they do, but overcome them easily This makes the novel somewhat bland Still, it is better than some others, which try to be too original for their own sake In this respect Expert assistance may be a welcome break from excessively complex world building, outlandish characters and complicated plot devices There is also no foul language, badass heroes or extreme violence It is a light read and if you like sci fi and it gets you in the right mood, you might like it.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book It made a refreshing change to read about a mutinous situation being resolved with the use of guile and very little violence The characters are believable even the clever clogs computer and entertaining I would like to read in this series to find out what scrapes Jake and Odin will land in next.

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