Utterly bonkers is my concise review. Oddjobs is of the comedy horror genre and there is a lot going on. Basically, inter-dimensional alien ‘Gods’ have been on Earth since forever, and at some point in the future they will open the ‘soulgate’ an unleash eternal hell upon all mankind, where even death will be no escape. Sounds hilarious!
Against this depressing backdrop there is a secret government group, British Men-in-Black, for want of a better description, whose task is to the peace and firefight the less dangerous incursions until the end of the world. Much of the first part of the book attempts to paint the backstory, which often leaves the reader scratching their head in bemusement, but persevere and the second half is very rewarding, if you like alien/human hybrid gangsters trying or lesser ‘gods’ implanting fake memories with a love of all things ginger.
I’ve often said that the measure of a book is whether you would buy the next book in the series, or another book by the same author(s). With the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz I bought all five books almost immediately (read my review here). The Scythe series by Neal Shusterman I probably will also buy the next book, and I have already bought another book by Will Carver (read previous review from both authors here). I possibly will buy the next book in the Oddjobs series, but with so many other books to read it might have to wait a while. Anyway, I gave the book 4 out of 5, mainly because of the interesting characters and the very good ending, featuring a bus in a chocolate factory.