It’s 2070 and “I am Zachary Nixon Johnson. I am the last freelance PI on Earth. It can be a tough job. It can be a dirty job. But it’s a job somebody has to do. Might as well be me.” And so starts Zach’s latest PI adventure.
In this episode, Zach is approached by a former baseball player. Someone has stolen his baseball card collection and is holding it for ransom. Only Zach can find it! Sounds corny but this is only a test. Can Zach pass?
Kiana, oldest daughter of the Queen of the Isle of Lantis, needs to find out who killed her mother. She’s the obvious suspect but she didn’t do it. Lantis, known to most as Atlantis, is a society made up of 10,000 women. Can Zach go undercover to discover the killer or will things once again not play out that easily?
He’ll have the help of his faithful sidekick, supercomputer, HARV but Andra, head of Lantis security and Kiana’s younger sister, doesn’t want his help and isn’t making Zach’s job easy. Kiana’s other sisters, Luca and Mara aren’t as aggressive but they aren’t real thrilled about Zach being around either. Even with HARV’s help, Zach going to have problems, but then again, when doesn’t he?
Mr Zakour’s series about Zach, the last freelance PI are humorous retro sci fi stories. Theses stories remind me of novels from the 50s and 60s, when anything was possible and authors could make most things plausible. Zach’s the hero, like superman, who does good and represents all that makes life right.
The characters are quirky and fun. HARV is a super fantastic AI computer that interfaces with Zach’s mind. Zach kind of bumbles through things. He never has a plan but scraps by using his wits, luck and technology. Even the characters names are interesting such as Elecktra and April Showers.
This book is part of a series but can be read without having read any of the other books. However, many of the characters from previous books make an appearance in this one and there are references to previous attempts to take over the world. Obviously, they didn’t work as the world is still here and Zach is still saving it.
This fun off beat sci fi reminds me of reading the Tom Swift or Johnny Quest, only a bit more adult. The technology is out of this world and fairly unbelievable. The characters are fairly stereotypes. The situations are definitely made up. Much of the humor is slap stick and juvenile. And I love every bit of it.