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  • Marks out of 10 for Cover

 Russ is looking fairly sure of himself now. And he's looking like he's onto a winner with the bikini blonde to his right. His trousers may be tight and hitched unnaturally high but there's not much evidence of Herc being on the prowl. 10/10

  • Cover Notes

 Tobin, You are awful, but we love you!
Hotfoot from Safari (SO good) our intrepid explorer of the flesh comes to the Bahamas for a well-deserved rest. But Russ Tobin's holidays have a habit of turning out to be hardwork..."Tobin...." he said, in a voice quite tremulous with passion, "...until you have strolled those sun-kissed sands, swum in that azure sea, you have not lived. The Bahamas are the islands of languid do-as-you-please, where time is unknown and sensual pleasures a full time preoccupation..."
With the birds coming in by the boatload, with the casino, with the wild parties, with the sun, and sand and the sea, it's fun fun fun all the way to the bedroom. And dangerous too, as Russ discovers when he entertains a very exotic, very sexy, very married lady whose millionaire husband returns at precisely the wrong moment. Tobin's in trouble....but after all, he had it coming!

  • Brief Description of the Plot

 We meet Russ in the departure lounge of JFK airport New York - he's about to board a flight for a two week holiday in Nassau when he first encounters the accident-prone Stud Ryder. Stud is like a young Tony Curtis apparently and works as a Croupier on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. A solid friendship is struck on the plane and adventures galore follow. When they've finished with the Airstews they get invited to the Contessa's party, where (after a narrow escape from an sexually aggressive German fraulein) Russ wins the title of KING DICK when he manages to work his way through the Zodiac Kama Sutra with Delphi Orme. He doesn't realise it but the whole party is watching him on TV! His fame spreads and before he knows it, Tonie has invited him out for a bit of a replay. No sooner has he finished with Tonie when he gets a mysterious invitation aboard a boat (Russ immediately remembers the Caroline Courtney nightmare of Come Again Courier and briefly has second thoughts). The next thing we know he's hard at it with the gorgeous Malinda - until her husband returns and proceeds to finish the job off with Russ hiding under the bed! In making their escape, Russ and Stud get mistaken for assassins and are nearly killed by the bodyguards. All's well that ends well and Russ manages one last fling (aboard yet ANOTHER boat) with Eloise Byrd. Unfortunately for Russ, she wears him out so much, he falls asleep and wakes up an illegal immigrant in Miami, Florida! And that's where it ends...

Timeline wise, it doesn't make it especially clear as to when the action takes place. On Page 6 Stud says "I've slaughtered four already this year an' it's only April" - but that is perhaps a figure of speech? On Page 7 Russ describes his encounter with the American in Nairobi who recommended the Bahamas as happening "a couple of months ago". We know that Stan must have spent some time back in London once his Nairobi stint with Centaf was over, as he describes his suit on Page 31 as one he had "just bought in London" (and of course he was changing flights to Nassau at JFK in New York, which suggests the route from Heathrow). Russ and Stud escape from Malinda's island on the 3rd night of the holiday, and it's 3 nights later when he ends up on the party boat with Eloise. Therefore, it's safe to say that his illegal entry to Miami takes place on the 7th day of his two week holiday and he must have returned to complete the fortnight before ending up back in Miami legally at the start of the next book.

The Cafe Martinique, where Russ & Stud take the girls for lobster early on, was used as a location in the James Bond film "Thunderball" and while it still exists today, it appears to have been fully subsumed into the Atlantis resort (or as it was back then the Britannia Beacv Hotel). Speaking of Bond, and more specifically Stan's cameo as the Casino concierge in Dr. No, there is plenty of casino action in this book and Russ even adopts a "007 swagger" as he takes the floor on Page 109

And is that a cheeky hint from Stan as to the plot of the next book in the series, on Page 23 when Lucinda says "some nice quiet harmless people in New York - like the Mafia". Russ also pledges to catch up with Bunnie in Miami at the Eden Roc Hotel when he reaches Miami - but it seems from the way things pan out in the next book, that was an empty promise!

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first eyes up a lady

 On Page 12 Russ and Stud lech after the two Air Hostesses on the flight to Nassau

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first gets to know a lady in the biblical sense

 By page 43, Russ has got his chosen Airstew (the nympho Bunnie Doyle) exactly where they both want to be

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first drinks a Vodka Tonic

 Stud orders Buds in the airport on Page 8 and Martinis on the Plane (page 18) - Russ doesn't hit the Vodka Tonics until Page 29 - but from here on in, it's Vodka FRENZY. I think Russ has more Vodka in this book than in the last THREE put together!

  • Page at which Russ Tobin first reminisces about a previous adventure

 Whilst on the plane - Russ recounts pretty much the whole story so far to the eager Stud Ryder (who somehow seems to believe him)

  • Serious points raised

 Russ really should have learned by now not to go with married women on boats, but what the hey! He's a superstud now, and the readers were demanding nothing less! As for SERIOUS points - there really aren't any in this book. It doesn't need them. Although actually it does make it clear in the final scene that the US Border Force cops are, and always have been, scary bastards

  • Rating on the MORGANOMETER

 10/10 for the cover and 10/10 for the book - it's a great holiday adventure for Russ with maximum Vodka consumption and more women than you can believe. Russ is obviously making up for all that lost time out in Nairobi! Stan really hits his stride here, as he realises that Russ doesn't really need to have a job or indeed any excuse at all to go exploring the world.