|Chris Popham is a travelling salesman. He deals in magical
goods with unlikely product codes (a BB27K is a portable parking place. Drive to your
destination, spread out the BB27K and park quite happily no matter how crowded the car
park may be). He has a SatNav system in his car. Imprisoned in the SatNav is a demon who
is serving a life sentence for some terrible crime. Chris has lots of chatty conversations
with the SatNav (in between being told to turn left at the next junction). The SatNav
gives him pointers in selling techniques, though even she cannot explain why so many
people buy the dehydrated water (just add...) which is his fastest selling product. What
on earth do people use it for?
Complications arise as Chris falls foul of a demon
who seems to want to free the SatNav from her prison. People he meets are not always what
they seem. At least one is a Norse God and most of the others are members of secret
organisations dedicated to eradicating demons. Hilarity ensues.
If it is possible to be a little bit funny (like being a little bit pregnant), then Tom
Holt has managed it here. There are some very clever and funny set piece scenes, but the
overall effect feels somewhat strained and all too often the humour doesn't quite hit the
target it is aiming for.