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Major BS: A Top Secret Mission

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In this funny, satirical book -- which is available in ebook or paperback -- Molly Rowbottom is the latest in a long line to take charge of the family homestead near Canberra. Once it was the home of affluent graziers but now times are tough. Although the locals still look up to her, she is cash poor and has had to lease part of the land to a wind-power farm just to make e ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published September 10th 2011 by Equilibrium Books (first published 2009)
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Lance Carney
Jul 11, 2015 Lance Carney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Major Billycock-Smythe is decidedly British; uppity, manipulative, clueless and full of…well, b.s. He could be a poster child for inappropriateness. But through his Australian misadventures involving Oobagoogu refugees, a snake, the Immigration Office, a reporter from the newspaper he calls the Daily Lemonsuck, he becomes quite humorous.

His seventh wife, Molly (who the Major insists on calling Millicent against her wishes) inherited the once grand estate, Rowbottom in Canberra, which the bank is
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Lynxie
Feb 10, 2012 Lynxie rated it liked it
Right off the bat the "blah, blah blah, what?" sentences were driving me crazy! I know that the British people do speak like that, but it really distracted me.

I liked the local Aussie (especially Canberra) knowledge and felt that it made the story into something special to me because of it :)

Overall, I didn't love the story - I think I didn't appreciate the satirical humor enough, I think it was a little lost on me. What I did love was the characters, especially Molly and Bax and even good 'ol B
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Rick Bavera
Mar 28, 2012 Rick Bavera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Major BS: A Top Secret Mission was a delightful read.

As I started the book, a book I read as a teenager came back to me: The Mouse That Roared. The humor was (from what I remember of "The Mouse") somewhat similar....sort of farcical.

Major BS is a real character, a real self-centered sort, who is always creating havoc around himself, and unaware that he does so. He thinks he is a hero, and the rest of the world just doesn't appreciate him.

The Major runs a tour company, gets into trouble by being
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Steven
Mar 21, 2012 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a humorous and interesting read. It kept me going but it did take a bit for me to get into the flow of it. This Major character I sometimes felt sorry for but other times I wanted to give him a swift kick in the butt. Martin has an quirky style that is one of a kind.
Carmen
Sep 23, 2013 Carmen marked it as quirky-odd-weird-fiction
This sounds like a keeper!
Skyqueen
Well Major BS is certainly full of major B.S.!!! Major Billycock-Smythe is the quintessential sociopath who you are just waiting to get his comeuppance! You are drawn into his ever increasing warped thinking and unapologetic personality, wondering just how the goofball is going to get out of this one. Some quirky situations arise that keep you guessing and wanting to just wring his neck. Oh course, his unsuspecting victims whom he steamrolls over only add to the whole frustration and guffaws of ...more
John Martin
Nov 05, 2011 John Martin rated it it was ok  ·  (Review from the author)
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