Bernice feels she's entitled to a break. So why won't
anyone leave her alone? Before long, she is asked to find
an old space artefact, only to crash land on a planet apparently
devoid of life. Devoid of life, that is, except for robotic
animals, big game hunters and ruthless corporate administrators...
so Professor Bernice Summerfield returns, at last, to the
realm of the novel, though unlike the previous paperback series,
they are going to be released in hardback for the foreseeable
future. The Big Hunt isn't that big, however, weighing
in at less than 170 pages, so I think the price tag of £14.99
is a little steep. Also, why isn't this book called ...and
the Big Hunt, as per the usual style of Bernice titles
from Big Finish?
enough of such trivia. The important question is: is the story
any good? Well, after a relatively slow start (the book begins
with Benny holidaying on a recreational world, only to be
dispatched to a different, uncharted, planet when asked to
track down a centuries-old space probe), Lance Parkin deals
with some fascinating theories about evolution, applying its
principles to the development of technology. Benny finds herself
in some truly hair-raising situations as she is menaced by
killer robots and Alien-style unethical businessmen
another possible Alien connection, the author seems
to have a preoccupation with stripping his leading ladies
to their vest and knickers. In the first issue of the Miranda
comic, his heroine was beamed up to a spaceship in said undergarments.
The very same thing happens to the Professor here.
that is the only context in which I would mention The Big
Hunt and "pants" in the same sentence! Pants it isn't...
though it is a little brief!
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