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Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Life is good for Ack-Ack Macaque. Every day the cynical, cigar-chomping, hard-drinking monkey climbs into his Spitfire to do battle with the waves of German ninjas parachuting over the gentle fields of Kent. But life is not all the joyous rattle of machine guns and the roar of the engine, as Ack-Ack is about to find out…

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Kindle Edition, 1201 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Solaris
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Stephen Robert Collins
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Three volume book &;including extra story for my 59th birthday on 20th of Feb 2018 best of all I payed 0.99 as got rest free from Waterston's points.
Vol.1:Ack-Ack Macaque (Ma Kar Que) they are 23 types from big to small ape. Starts attempted assassination of King William V then moves on to vile murder of Paul the bisexual ex husband of brain damaged Ex-jourlist who can no longer read or write Victoria Valois but in 21st century interface has moved on.To be an AI with a life of his own
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4 stars.
Another hidden gem that falls right into the "WAY better than it has any right to be" category.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. With a cover of a monkey striking a pose firing handguns you'd think this book would be exciting, but unfortunately after around 130 pages I found it quite bland. It felt like a mishmash of ideas, weird character decisions to push the story forward, with a not very engaging style of writing.

When your mind wanders off thinking about stuff at work than enjoying reading a book, you know there's something wrong.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Crank everything up to elevety stupid

I must admit that having read this book I feel a bit grubby. It is spectacularly trashy, as squishy a bit of pulp as it is possible to imagine. It is less a trilogy of books and more a trilogy of high concepts strung together with almost endless action sequences in which everything is cranked up to eleventy stupid.

The first book opens in a mid 21st century world with a style mid way between steam punk and cyberpunk. This is a world where Britain and France
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a time reading the full trilogy. Nearly 800 pages of paperback can become very heavy! However, I'm glad I finally made it to the end. The books use several tropes that are becoming common in sci fi. There's the TV series which has an aware, talking chimpanzee butler (sorry, the name escapes me), David Brin has posited an entire series, The Uplift, on the raising of races to sentience, Terry Pratchett has the Long Earth series which is based on a multi verse. This is not unusual with ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this. It's been a long while since I disliked a work of fiction this much. It's not bad in any obvious way. The writing is competent (though it could have been edited better), and some of the sci-fi premises are interesting. But I just couldn't muster a single atom of care for any of the characters, nor for the setting and its future. The story is fine in terms of sequence and logic of events, but it lacks heart. The shallowly outlined people who enact and inhabit it are so ...more
Shaun Dyer
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Ack-Ack Macaque is a strange mix of steampunk, alternate history and science fiction staring an uplifted monkey World War 2 fighter pilot. This is certainly something you’ll not find anywhere else. The first book is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the trilogy with some brilliant Sci-Fi concepts wedged between swashbuckling action scenes but all the books have something different that make them worth a read. As a bonus in the trilogy you even get the original Ack-Ack Macaque short story which while ...more
John Robinson
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I ended up with this omnibus edition of Powell's supercharged simian hero...
And I'm a little disturbed that I paid even a dollar for it (I'm reasonably certain I got it on sale). I've definitely read worse dieselpunk adventure...but there is something indefinable missing from this action packed tale.
Amanda Peterson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this book at Barnes and Noble and thought I would read it on a whim. There are fascinating characters and developments within the story, especially liked the online articles in the book which give the world depth. What prevented it from getting a higher score was at times so much was being thrown at you. It is not to say the book is bad, there was a lot to take in.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Total crap

Oh I spelt it wrong. I want my money back. I would like to watch the author fly a damaged aircraft
Mark Levine
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Truly engaging and readable. Hilarious and exciting. Don't miss this major writing accomplishment. And stock up on cigars, rum, and bananas.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Everything sci-fi should be and more. Totally subversive, a trip for your mind without using any illegal substances, WOW. Epic.
B. Ross Ashley
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosemary Leggett
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, action packed romp. Great holiday read and the best front cover!
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Gareth L. Powell is an award-winning author from the UK. His alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel, spawned two sequels, and was shortlisted in the Best Translated Novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan. His short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science ...more