Ill begin by explaining that Jump Gate
Twist is a compilation of One Jump Ahead and Slanted
Jack, the first two Jon and Lobo novels with additional short stories and
other material, taking the whole to a hefty 723 pages.
I soon realised that I had previously read both novels and enjoyed
them. The stars of these stories are Jon
who has his secrets, his unique powers and
unusual origin; and his best friend, a predator class assault vehicle named Lobo, what
amounts to an intelligent flying tank. Among Jons abilities is machine telepathy,
which leads to a lot of fun, especially when it involves washing machine gossip.
Lets face it, this is science fiction action humour, and thats
a tricky combination to get right. Most of the time, authors try it and the result is
plain silly. But the stories of Jon and Lobo, while frequently infested with a fine
frivolity, are by no means foolish. The science fiction still works, the plotting is
complex (in both senses), and the characters are interesting. Sure Jon is a bit of a prat
at times, but thats not unusual in action heroes. This really is science fiction the
way they dont make it any more. Which is a pity. Read and enjoy.