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Review: Carrie Hatchett Space Adventurer (Book 2) – Passage to Paradise by J. J. Green


I was kindly sent a free digital copy of this book by the author J. J. Green.  Passage to Paradise is the second book in the Carrie Hatchett Space Adventurer series and is just as funny as the first.  The first book Mission Improbable can be seen here, but this second book is just as funny if not more.  I’m not sure why I took so long to get to reading it, I just love this series, here is my review.

After her first mission was a success Carrie is determined to do a good job as a Transgalactic Intercultural Community Crisis Liaison Officer when her boss sends her to Dandrobia to oversee talks between two alien races.  But when she arrives on the planet she makes a mess of meeting with the Squashpumps and that’s just the start of her problems…

‘Passage to Paradise’ is the second book in the Carrie Hatchett, Space Adventurer Series and is just hilarious!  Just like the first book in the series Carrie’s adventure is filled with very funny and silly circumstances.  The story follows Carrie in her role as a Transgalactic Intercultural Community Crisis Liaison Officer as she travels to a new planet called Dandrobia which seems like a paradise but there’s more to the planet than it first seems.

The story is a light hearted science fiction tale and filled with what I call a daft/silly sense of humour.  The alien species are very different and not what you’d typically expect.  I loved Carrie’s first encounter with a squashpump it just made me laugh out loud.  The story is fast paced and was predictable in some places, due to Carrie’s obvious slightly haphazard nature, but also surprised me in other parts and the ending was a satisfying one.  Although the book doesn’t delve into anything really deep, I do love what you learn about the history of the Dandrobians and the fact that there’s an overall alien story that connects books one and two and probably the whole series too.  It makes this second book feel better than the first as there’s a definite depth to the overall story there wasn’t before.

There’s nothing offensive at all in this book and it could be enjoyed by any age.  It’s also a complete story from start to finish which means it can be read without reading book one first, although there’s far more satisfaction if you read the whole series in order.  The end of the book has a sneak peak at the first chapter of book three which just makes me want to read the next book now!

I really enjoyed this book just as much as the first book ‘Mission Improbable’ and would recommend both for anyone interested in some daft and silly science fiction that puts a smile on your face.  I can’t wait to read book three!

Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

Carrie Hatchett is back. The Transgalactic Council may never be the same.
After a successful first mission, Carrie thought her job as Transgalactic Intercultural Community Crisis Liaison Officer was secure. But all bets are off when she travels to Dandrobia, a genetically engineered utopia. Beautiful and immortal, the dandrobians have been confined to their planet due their former tyrannical reign over the galaxy. Carrie must mediate between the dandrobians and their victims, the squashpumps.
She finds paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and, as often happens when she’s around, things don’t go according to plan. Dandrobians escape to Earth, and the negotiations descend into chaos.
With the help of her long-suffering friend, Dave, Carrie must send the dandrobians home and restore peace. If she fails, it isn’t only her job at risk, because there’s more to the dandrobians than meets the eye.
Rogue, Carrie’s butt-ugly dog, lends a paw.
Passage to Paradise is Book Two in the light-hearted, fast-paced Carrie Hatchett Space Adventures series.


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