“ Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Author: Christina Engela / Kindle Edition „
The Time Saving Agency is a free E-book that I downloaded recently from a site called Obooko and is something of a different read for sci-fi fans as it mixes a lot of interesting themes together to produce something that is actually not bad!
Written by what is commonly called an indie-author, The Time Saving Agency first caught my interest because it was described as having Transgender themes. Not normally my sort of thing but I was interested to see how this was worked into the story as there was no mention of any such thing in the synopsis! It turns out that the author themself is transgendered which explains the presence of one female character in the novel who was formerly a man but has had futuristic gender reassignment to make her a woman! Though this character only plays a minor and supporting role, I nonetheless thought this was an interesting angle and actually fitted in quite well into Christina's version of the future!
The premise is a simple one. Situated outside of Time, The T.S.A controls the status quo and tracks down Time Terroists determined to cause mayhem and realign the future. When a paticularly nasty villain escapes from what they had always considered an unescapable gaol with the intention of causing mayhem, one Agent is sent out to recapture him or remove him from the Time-line permanently. But he soon finds he needs a little help when the villain turns up on a remote human colony on the outskirts of the universe!
Though the end was a bit of an anti-climax, the remainder of this book was certainly a good read! I would say it was slightly above-average in its style and content and the characters instantly believable! There is lots of humour present too and while this never makes the book laugh-out-loud funny, there were plenty of moments where I had a little chuckle!
If you like the sci-fi of Michael Marshall Smith, you may find a few similarities in the humour. The afore-mentioned transgender character is treated, as one might expect, with respect and, as a whole, the whole thing is lots of fun. I am not sure if I would pay for this but as a freebie it was pretty good.
So much so that I have downloaded more of her books in the series for future reading!