The Banned Underground: Bass Instinct

biToday, a little later than my last several posts but better late than never, I have the honor of reviewing the latest release in The Banned Underground series, Bass Instinct.  The boys are back in town with a new friend in this book, and – hell’s bells! – it’s a g-g-g-girl!

Dai the drinking dragon has been kidnapped by the Dark Lord for nefarious purposes, and by his receptionist for even less reputable reasons.  Without their bass player, The Banned Underground are in deep trouble with their record label.  They have to produce the recordings for an album, and someone has stolen the tapes from the last gig.  Can they make some more recordings, or will Freya, the renegade dwarf bass player, distract the boys while the Dark Lord’s evil schemes come to fruition?

The Dark Lord has found some thugs to help him in his latest plan to invade the Dwarf Mansion, but they have other things on their minds – like looting and pillaging – and it’s all going wrong again.

Will record-producing Adam set his Ants on the Banned?  Or will it all come good in the end?  Time is Tight on this one for The Banned Underground…

With a blurb that focuses on Dai, I expected the story to focus a bit more on him.  To the extent that he had a larger role than in previous books, I guess you could say that it did, but it really did focus on him as much as I had expected.  That said, I loved the bits between Dai and Gloria, the Dark Lord’s receptionist, and I do hope that what started in this book will be continued in future installments.

The Banned are back in town and between the lack of tapes (from their last gig), the lack of gigs, and the lack of funds, trouble is the only thing they don’t lack.  They find a new friend in Freya, a renegade dwarf bass player.  But trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes, and the Banned have more than enough of that already.  She kept me guessing; I couldn’t quite tell what to make of her, except that she and Scar reminded me strongly of John and Yoko.

Ned and the Watches continued to be hilarious as they set off on a trip through Manchester with a notorious seaman in search of a certain record producer.  The satnav was equally entertaining.  I must admit the satnav is one of my favorite characters; it’s just such a character! 🙂

Will’s done it again with this book.  Tricia Drammeh wrote a wonderful review on her Authors to Watch blog the other day where she said that it seemed like “the story has really grown up in the newest book,” and I can’t help but agree.  It’s like reading the Harry Potter books all at once and watching them grow up right before your eyes, only in this case, the characters are already grown (except for the teenagers, but they weren’t in this book).  The books just keep getting better and better, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for everyone in The Satnav of Doom.

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6 thoughts on “The Banned Underground: Bass Instinct

  1. Tricia Drammeh says:

    Great review. I love the satnav too (GPS to all my U.S. friends). I loathe the things. To me, it’s easier to just call for directions ahead of time. The Satnav in the Banned Underground books is so snarky, so maybe if I had a satnav like that, I’d learn to love it.


    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I know! We’d always get snarky with ours and every time it said it was recalculating after we did something it didn’t like, we’d make fun of it. I guess that’s why I like the satnav so much – it reminds me of roadtrips with our severely outdated GPS. 🙂 I actually really like my GPS for when I need to go somewhere, but I use the one in my phone far more often than the actual GPS unit that we bought. It doesn’t yell at me when I take a wrong turn. But you’re right about it being easier to just look the directions up ahead of time, and that’s what I usually do, too.


      • Kay Kauffman says:

        Thanks! No worries about the two-part comment; I’ve done the same thing. 🙂

        I used to think I didn’t like fantasy, either, but what I’ve learned since inadvertently writing a fantasy novel is that there’s a lot of diversity within the genre; it’s not all Lord of the Rings-type stuff. Which is great, because I don’t like Lord of the Rings at all.

        Now Jane Austen, on the other hand, I could read her books all day. And I’ve done so on occasion. Of course, that was before I had kids and when I had loads of free time…I miss those days. 😀 It’s nice to meet a fellow Austen fanatic! Which of her books is your favorite?


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