The year is 2060, the month June, and it’s raining outside.So starts this tale of a time when the men and women of the United Kingdom, more specifically the residents of Stoke Hammond – a place some seven miles south of what used to be Milton Keynes – have to rise up and vanquish a posturing foe.Set forty years after the collapse of the European Union, this story tells ofThe year is 2060, the month June, and it’s raining outside.So starts this tale of a time when the men and women of the United Kingdom, more specifically the residents of Stoke Hammond – a place some seven miles south of what used to be Milton Keynes – have to rise up and vanquish a posturing foe.Set forty years after the collapse of the European Union, this story tells of a titanic struggle between Europe’s strangling, new shadow, EZICASH, a plumber called Phil Lud and his apprentice, Snot.Called out to what appears to be nothing more than a dripping tap, they are soon pulled into a conspiracy where their actions could very well change the world forever. Banding together, a community is formed, one that could see these fair isles free, truly free, from its controlling yoke just a few watery miles away.Can they defeat EZICASH? Will another European behemoth fail? Will Britain finally succumb to a destiny plotted so many years ago?Or can a plumber put a spanner in the works…...
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Let me start off by reading you a passage...one that perfectly explains what you'll find in this book. "...Abraham thought it best to just panic, half crouch, half stand and bob about while making an 'eeargg' sound. Soon pushed out of the way by May, he felt relieved to be marginalised and useless."You can't help but notice the humorous imagery. These two, tiny sentences, completely convey exactly what's happening and the reader can see it clearly. We also have the option of taking this snippet at face entertainment value, or delving deeper. On the surface, we see a man panicking and being shoved out of the way. Digging a little further in to it, we see that he has made the conscientious choice to panic. His feelings at being pushed out of the way show that he feels relieved to be back in his comfort zone, as well as what that comfort zone is. We also get a glimpse at what sort of person May is. The entire book runs this gamut. It's intricately designed so that it can be read for pure entertainment value or studied and discussed. There's plenty of humor, but it's not raucous, laugh out loud humor. This book is part of a genre that I shall henceforth term 'chameleon' because of how versatile it is. It's deep, yet shallow. It has an intricate plot that you can easily ignore. We have plenty of political and sociological statements, but if you don't want them, you can gloss right over them. It's a dystopian as well as a fantasy as well as science fiction as well as mystery. We have romance and adventure. What makes this a chameleon book is that it's built so that you can pick and choose which ones you want to take part in. None of them is overwhelming. If you're looking for something a little different, I suggest you check this out. The flow and storytelling are smooth. You can pick and choose which elements of the story you want to stick out. There truly is something for everyone here. If you're looking for a book for your book group, this is a definite. There are so many different facets to the book that you could take months discussing them.
I really enjoyed this excellent satire about a dystopian Britain where the cosseted few huddle inside a dome, so in thrall to health and safety directives that kitchens are considered death traps and cars hurtle along at a scary eight miles per hour. Abraham Pope seems to be the model citizen of this Scared New World, having neutralised any potential threat inside his own home to such a degree that it remains just a fraction away from the perfect safety rating of 10/10. But when he's charged with fixing the disaster of a leak inside the hallowed halls of the Department of Safety and Health, his life is turned upside down by a plumber who soon realises he can make some easy cash for both himself and others outside of the dome by exploiting the many rules laid down by their Ezicash rulers.Ian Thompson's tone and style brought to mind Douglas Adams and the book's funniest moments come from his eccentric observations and the throwaway remarks of his characters. While it suffers at times for failing to resist cruder gags, with the pub's name Fat Dicks responsible for most of these, you can forgive this as the overall reading experience is so enjoyable.In these post-Brexit times, the themes of Ezicash resonate more strongly than ever and one can only hope the absurd future painted by Ian Thompson doesn't come to pass, although we would be guaranteed a few laughs if the worst did indeed happen. This is an imaginative and enjoyable book that's well worth a read, whether you're sitting in the kind of soft, luxurious sofa that graces Pope's living room or perched on a pointy wooden antique that would set off alarm bells inside the dome. I will definitely be checking out more of his stuff.
I loved this book “Ezicash” by Ian Thompson! It was so funny, but actually had an interesting and surprisingly intelligent plot also (I say surprisingly because it is so sardonic in nature) The tone was light and tongue in cheek, but there is a deeper, more serious message here as with many clever satires when done well. On the surface it appears almost comical, and it is…. But it is a profound look at political states, consumerism, nanny-state, etc…. Very well-written, fast paced and funny with some really entertaining characters. An enjoyable read for fans of political satire.
When I first started this book, I found myself reading each page two or three times to see if I was reading what I thought I was reading. I was. This book is the satire of satires. It is hilarious and cynical at the same time.The book starts out in a place where people live in a very safe dome. One man safely gets to work one morning to find there is a leak somewhere and a puddle has formed. This is an emergency, and he has to find a plumber from outside the dome to help fix this disaster--and the plumber has to know how to fix it safely.He finds a plumber and the conversations between the two are extremely funny. The people living in the domes may be safe, but the people living outside the domes are very smart. Actually, the people outside the dome lead actual lives and know the difference between a disaster and a puddle.Originally it appears that the people inside the dome are privileged--the 1%, so to speak. This book takes a whack at them to let them know however privileged they might think they are, they didn't get that way alone and can't stay that way alone. They need other people perhaps not as privileged as they presume they are.Very topical, I would say.I highly recommend this book. It is funny, yet it reveals some truths about he human condition that are right on target. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
I guess I am just not that into farces. I tried to like this. Parts of it were funny. But it was just too ridiculous to buy into. If it had not been set on Earth, it might have been easier to suspend disbelief. As it was, most of the characters were just too stupid to believe. And there was not much differentiation between characters. Maybe because so many were related? I don't know. I slogged through it, although I seriously thought about quitting, about 1/3 of the way through. The ending was okay...the rest was only so-so, for my tastes.
I was drawn to the book by the eye-catching cover, the unusual title and the European Union setting of the book given the current national obsession with all things EU. I read the book with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.Ezicash is set in 2060 in a post-EU dystopia where safety and health have become all-consuming for the citizens of DOSH-1-TERMINUS-UK (Department of Safety and Health). DOSH1 residents are part of EZICASH (Eurozone Investigative Coordinating All Safety and Health) and they live a carefully controlled, micro-managed lifestyle in a super-size, all-encompassing dome. But one day there is a problem which can only be fixed by an outsider - someone who doesn't live in the dome. It becomes apparent early on in the novel that there is an alternative to the sanitised dystopia of dome life. This is explored through the narrative of Philip Lud, an old fashioned plumber whose lifestyle, and that of his friends, is the very opposite of DOSH1.Ezicash is a most unusual, satirical and highly entertaining novel. The author has, amazingly, created an extraordinary but completely plausible alternative world in EZICASH. This is because so much of DOSH1 is seen through the eyes of the very down to earth outers. I enjoyed reading the novel and look forward to reading more by Ian Thompson.