One of the best things about ebooks is that once published they just stay there waiting for you, the reader, to find them.
I was having a browse around the Kindle Store the other day and The Government's Top Salesman Tells All… by John Problem came up in the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section. I think this part of each book page on Amazon is fascinating especially when it throws up some strangely contrasting titles. Anyway I remembered that The Government's Top Salesman Tells All... is a very amusing and entertaining read and as we are all getting ramped up with General Election fever it seemed timely to give my book review a re-visit.
When I initially discovered The Government's Top Salesman Tells All... I was on the lookout for a free download and it was the blurb that caught my attention and made me decide to read the sample on the Amazon site.
As soon as I started reading I was engaged by the hero of the nation, Jason Bryggs. I thought he was going to be just another city slicker looking to make a killing for himself (which he is) but the cleverness of this piece of writing is that you like Jason, sympathise with him and want things to work out.
Author John Problem has a healthily irreverent attitude to the government and a very funny way of writing about "The Prime Minister and Nick". The opening of the book explains what Jason Bryggs' new job is. So, I'm giving away no secrets by telling you that it is to sell off whatever national assets he can in order to reduce the National Debt.
And Jason sets about his task with gusto as there's no shortage of rich buyers out there looking for the chance to buy Britain's heritage. The plot derives considerable plausibility from the big sell-off by the Thatcher government in the 1980s of British oil, gas, electricity, telephones, water companies, coal and steel. And, of course, the recent disastrous sell-off of Royal Mail means it's not such a big step to what Jason Bryggs is commissioned to do in the book.
Some of the characters are a bit far-fetched but usually very amusing; at times this book is laugh aloud funny. The writing style is sharp and pithy and moves along at a cracking pace. I read it in a couple of sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it. Light hearted and entertaining but with overtones of seriousness, The Government's Top Salesman Tells All… is well worth a look.
There are details of all John Problem's books on his Amazon author page. The Government's Top Salesman Tells All… isn't free now but you can borrow it with a Kindle Unlimited subscription if you've got one.