Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last freelance private investigator on Earth in the year 2060. He’s pretty much old school with wearing a trench coat and fedora. He also loves the old muscle cars from the mid 20th century. While he will ride in a hover craft, he won’t drive it. That he leaves up to his computer best friend, HARV. HARV is intrograted into Zach’s brain and can do amazing things as the most advanced computer known to man. HARV’s creator, Randy is always available for upgrades. Zach’s love interest is Electra and does she have a temper!
Ballistic Babes is actually two books that have been put together letting the reader enjoy two adventures with Zach for the price of one!
The Radioactive Redhead has Zach working as a body guard for teen rock superstar, Sexy Sprockets. Zach can’t stand her music but a job is a job. He enlists Carol, Electra’s niece, to help on this assignment. But even with Carol working on the inside, can Zach find who is trying to kill Sexy before they kill him?
In The Frost-Haired Vixen, Zach is asked by Santana Clausa to find out who has killed two elves at the North Pole. Things like that do not happen there! Before Zach can even get to the job, there are attempts on his life. Evidence points to a couple of geeks but something is not adding up. Can Zach figure it out before the Holiday is destroyed along with the fabric of society?
At first glance at the cover of this book, you have to wonder when it was originally published. The cover looks very similar to the covers of sci fi books from the 60s. As you start reading, this feeling doesn’t disappear as the style of the story reflects that era but is has a fresh fun feel that has you laughing along with each adventure and misadventure Zach has. Modern touches include many references to technology but with an old school hero, don’t worry about getting too high tech.
Each character has a unique personality. Zach is kind of a bumbling lovable guy who lives by the seat of his pants. HARV knows he’s smart and has no problem reminding Zach. HARV doesn’t understand Zach logic on lots of things and truly is baffled at Zach and his hunches especially when they turn out. Electra is smart and violent. Doesn’t get her mad or she might just take down the house, literally. All of the characters have something to them. They may be a parody of characters of a past time but they are quirky and fun.
As Zach tries to figure out who is trying to kill him this time and why, you are just as puzzled as he is. It seems almost everyone has a reason to kill Zach from a tv reality show to the bad guys (or gals). How does he keep it straight? Regardless, it’s fun reading as you find Zach jumping from one diabolical plan to the next.
If you like old school sci fi with a touch of humor and fun, this is the book for you. You get two really good stories with likable characters, improbable situations and an awesome computer. If you’re looking for romance and mushy stuff, don’t bother with this book. Though Zach has a love interest, it isn’t something that is a major part of either story.
Two beauties. One volume. An omnibus edition of The Radioactive Redhead and The Frost-Haired Vixen
Double your pleasure, double the laughs with this omnibus edition featuring Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last freelance P.I. on Earth. It's 2057, and Zach is partnered with an experimental A.I. named HARV . In what is both an homage to and a parody of the great heyday of pulp fiction, they solve cases involving androids, future tech wizards, and of course, the occasional nuclear-powered, genocidal fembot.