The good, the bad and the ugly (not you, obviously!)
Well here they are, the lovers and the haters (actually none of those yet) of the tongue-in-cheek spy story introducing Australian agent, Randy Short and CIA agent, Gus McThompkins in their personal ‘War Against Terror’.
See what others have said.
Don’t take their word for it though – buy the book and make up your own mind – do we live in an insane world or what?
The One Liners
‘All he thinks about is sex! I enjoyed it though’. – Alan Small (Australia)
‘Who the xxxx is Tony Inman?’ – Probable comment from The New York Times (USA)
‘Hand of God scores own goal for German dive team’ – Possible comment from The Daily Mirror (UK)
‘Absolutely no comment, ever’ – News of the World (UK)
‘I have no recollection of this incident’ – former USA President Richard Nixon (Doesn’t remember where he is)
‘My Dad used to say that self-praise is no recommendation. Well sorry Dad, this time you were wrong – it’s the best book I’ve written so far!’ – Tony Inman, best selling Perth author (Australia)
‘I guarantee an optimum level or satisfaction’ – Rajeev Vindaloo, Dive shop proprietor (Vanuatu)
‘It just makes me want to have sex with Tony Inman, but he knocked me back’ – What Paris Hilton might have said (USA)
‘I laughed out loud several times!’ – Catherine James, Perth artist (Australia)
‘A light and entertaining read’ – Stan Nelson, Perth Self-defence Instructor (Australia)
‘… such an entertaining piece. Your insights on life are masterful and just go to show that whilst we are all different, deep down we are all pretty similar.’ Andy Inman – Shrewsbury, UK
‘Having read this book today from cover to cover, whilst lying in bed recovering from my snip operation, I laughed so hard I popped a stitch… Bo!!@cks! It was nevertheless a day well spent and I have been laughing like a drain. I can’t wait for the next instalment…’ – Ministry of Defence Spokesman – UK
‘It was a great read and I chuckled all the way through. Can’t wait for the next one! Everyone you need to read The Parrot and the Lady! Excellent stuff!’ – Denine Booker, Michegan, U.S.A.
The More Detailed Reviews
‘The Parrot and the Lady by Tony Inman follows the exploits of, Randy Short 008 Secret Agent. The scene is set in Vanuatu and alternates between present day and major historical events. Tony’s knowledge of Vanuatu, its history, politics and geography is astute and insightful and he has the wit and humour to make what he had to say funny and enjoyable.
Tony takes great pleasure in the minutia and some of the stories he tells reflect this, like, for example, his story of Gus McTompkins who plays a crucial role as Randy’s accomplice or Tammy Whineburger and her unfortunate lack of luck.
Tony presents lots of fact and figures on the history of Vanuatu and the President Coolidge and the bibliography of the book would suggest he did detailed research. In addition, and from reading between the lines, his research would appear to be also gleaned from folk tales, local myths and literature and materials he would have picked up as he experienced Vanuatu as well as the joys, turmoil and politics of everyday living. The real gems in this book were the humorous anecdotes, witty observations and laugh-out-loud comments made by Tony and there are many.
The concluding chapter of the book sums up Tony’s perspective on life by saying, “If life hands you a lemon, it’s up to you to turn it into lemonade “. This is one of those rare books that can beautifully blend facts and be funny seamlessly.’
Joanne Small – Perth, Western Australia
‘As your first attempt, the book was a very enjoyable read. It kept my interest in the main story and was full of great side stories which at times had me laughing out loud. I look forward to the next Tony Inman addition to my bookshelf.’
Alan Wilkins – Perth, Western Australia