Turbo Jetslams: Proof #29 by Jass Richards

Turbo Jetslams: Proof #29 by Jass Richards
Publisher: Magenta
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (126 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

You ever have a neighbour whose behaviour is so mind-bogglingly inconsiderate and so suicide-inducingly annoying that you just want to ask him, in a polite Canadian way, to please stop? TurboJetslams isn’t like that.

Jass Richards’ new novel, TurboJetslams: Proof #29 of the Non-Existence of God, tells the tale of one person’s pathetic and hilarious attempts to single-handedly stop the destruction of a little piece of beautiful Canadian wilderness by the increasing numbers of idiots who couldn’t care less.

A cottage by the lake, peace, quiet and embracing nature. Wouldn’t we all like to be able to do this? Vic had saved hard for ten years and at last achieved her goal. A cabin on the edge of Paradise Lake. She settled down to live a life of bliss and this lasted for fifteen years while she made the cabin her own. Then modern day life caught up with her. Jetslams, speedboats, ATVs and all the noise associated with them came to Paradise Lake as sections which had stood vacant for years began to be sold along with the noise of new houses being built.

I found this book totally absorbing. I smiled at Vic’s attempts to persuade her neighbors to respect other people but when these failed dismally, she took the law into her own hands.

Vic did all the things we wished we could do when faced with similar situations. How often have people wished they could sink someone’s speedboat because their noisy races intruded on peace and quiet? An afternoon bird watching spoiled when loud music frightens away the birds. A peaceful night on the deck watching the moon and stars reflect on the water spoiled by idiots careening around throwing empty beer cans into the water. There are ways to stop this, but such attempts usually result in a visit by the police.

Vic’s actions weren’t legal and at times they were lethal, but it seemed every time she got rid of one hazard, another reared its ugly head. The book has to be read from beginning to end. I mean I had to read it as I needed to know if she succeeded in recovering her peace and quiet or did she have to move? Good book, unusual topic but well written.

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