GARETH L. POWELLAck-Ack Macaque2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel.
You can find Gareth online here: http://www.garethlpowell.com/ and on Twitter as @garethlpowell and Ack Ack Macaque can be found on Twitter too @AckAckMacaque
I caught up with Gareth as I was sent a copy of Macaque Attack - the third and concluding part of the fantastic Macaque series. I previously interviewed him when the second book came out - http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/this-week-i-have-also-been-talking-to.html
"Do you know what you have to do?" Ack-Ack Macaque grinned, exposing his teeth "Same as I always do, right?" He snapped the reloaded Colt back together and spun the barrel. "Blow shit up, and hurt people"
Throw in Nazi ninjas, a dastardly plot, a woman journo with a dead husband in her head, a looming nuclear conflict and a rocket to Mars and you have a full on entertaining adventure yarn. Ack-Ack Macaque started life as a short story (albeit one very different from the novel) included at the end of the novel that was published in Interzone.
Overall – It has Monkeys. Monkeys flying planes. Monkeys shooting Nazis. Nazis who are also ninjas. Need I say more?
Overall - As with the first book there is a cinematic feel and I could totally see this as an anime film. It feel it’s too long to wait for the third book!
If you've read this far you are hoping that Powell can pull off a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy with all the trademark explosions and monkey action. Well fear not, he does, with verve, with a few surprising twists and with all the humour and thought-provoking plot you've come to expect. Ack-Ack has been jumping dimensions, saving various uplifted simians and building a monkey army. Meanwhile on their earth Merovich gets a message from his mother. It's not long before there's a race against time to save the multiverse. Old characters grow, new characters are introduced (an ape called Cuddles - featured on the cover - is worth a mention) and there are shocks and revelations. As with the previous instalments the pages whizz by in a frenetic, white knuckled pace and upon turning the last page there is a real sense of completeness, even though you'll want more from the world, the characters and especially the monkey.
Overall - Satisfying and entertaining conclusion. Can't wait to see what Powell does next.