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‘This is hilarious!…shades of Terry Pratchett mixed with everyday realism.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
He thinks he’s a deadly ninja. He’s not. He’s Barry Harris and he still lives with his mum.
Barry’s been patient, but after twenty-seven years of trimming hedges for people he hates, he’s had enough. All he wants to do is to find his missing father and to discover his inner ninja. But life’s not done with throwing him curveballs.
A fatal mistake catapults Barry into the adventure of a lifetime. With talking hedges, samurai ghosts, meddling psychotherapists, and an inexplicably non-linear time pattern conspiring against him, Barry must do battle to save his hide, unleash the ninja within, and rescue his father from an ancient army, a dark sorcerer and a raging inferno.
What is the mysterious Prophecy Allocation Department?
Where is The Before and After?
Even more importantly, Will Barry’s underwear hold out until he has saved the day?
By Simon Tilbury on 19 December 2017 (Amazon UK)
Barry Harris (the zero-to-hero protagonist of Escape from Samsara) is a great comic creation. I felt his pain, laughed at him quite a bit, and then found myself rooting for him as the story went along.
Barry is, in part, an everyman assailed by woes and frustrations that I certainly identify with. But he is also something else – a dreamer who feels out of place and out of sorts, and a man who lives with a mystery. His father (and his sister, as it happens) disappeared years ago, and Barry has no idea why or how. He lives in a small flat with his mother Molly, and they both wonder about their loss. His father began training Barry as a ninja before he disappeared, and gave him the idea that he has a destiny that now lies unfulfilled. Escape from Samsara is the story of Barry discovering that destiny.
Rude, ridiculous, and action-packed, Nicky Blue’s writing is witty, fast, and a whole heap of fun. When the action took a fantastic turn, with portals to other worlds, riddles, strange creatures and a journey of discovery that never felt labored, but was instead full of invention and comic (cosmic!) details, I raced through to the end to find out what was going to happen, and to find the answer to mystery.
Give me more Barry Harris! Nicky Blue writes farcical stuff, but there is also a deeper quality in there that made me feel that Barry’s journey was my journey too. Learning something about myself, and about how I might find a little more self-confidence amid the chaotic mess of everyday life, was an unexpected gift hidden inside this breezy fantasy tale that’s full of life, and ninja action!
By Jane Suen on December 18, 2017 (Amazon)
Barry Harris is a gardener, a hedge trimmer who talks to Terry Watkins “Terry the Hedge”. He’s in his fifties and still living with his eighty-two-year old mum, Molly, sharing a cramped one-bedroom flat with her in Portslade, a small seaside town, on the south coast of England.
On his dad’s seventy-sixth birthday, twenty-five years ago, Barry’s sister Mindy and dad Yamochi Harris goes missing. Since his dad started teaching Barry the sacred art of ninjutsu on his sixth birthday, Barry has modeled himself on the ninja warrior and became ordained as a Buddhist on his fortieth birthday. By day he works as a gardener, but by night he relives the terrifying recurring nightmare he’s had since his dad disappeared.
Will Barry succeed in his mission to find his dad? Will he become a true ninja?
The cast of characters include Robbie Jarvis, Merril, Mrs. Gann, Little Timmy, Timmy’s cat Miss Miggles, Timmy’s daddy/Melanie, Doctor Harper, Mrs. Harper, Joanna Tarry/Madame Zanzibar, Brian, Mandy, Doctor Thomas Gilpgunter, Mr. Law, Ms. Hannah McCann, Armitage Frank, the samurais, Haruki, and Chantel.
You’ll encounter dead bodies, IBS “irritable bowel syndrome”, time toilets, a fascination with bodily functions, bad odors, passing of wind, gas baby … you get the drift?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Nicky, I am from Brighton in England. I grew up fascinated by books like Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected and t.v. shows like The Twilight Zone. For years I played and wrote songs in an alternative rock band before going back to university and studying English Literature and Philosophy. I now have a passion for writing fantasy and dark comedy fiction. I love stories that dig beneath the surface of everyday life and play in the shadow worlds that we all have. Outside of my writing, I recently worked as a translator on the planet KELT 2Ab in the Andromeda Galaxy. That didn’t last very long though as the commute was killing me. I also write a blog about what it’s like being an indie author and how to coexist in different time realities. I am normally ready for bed by 10 pm.