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I grew up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, enjoying the wilds and the lake until I joined the Canadian Navy. After neary twenty-five years of seeing the world, it is the coast of British Columbia and sailing on the sea that has most inspried my writing.
Adam La Rusic
on Nov. 15, 2011 :
This one is a corker.
Mac Uisdin sets the tone early for a raucous adventure and doesn’t disappoint throughout. It's the story of a young man from bucolic British Columbia who finds himself 20 light years away on the planet Samsara with the sorriest excuse of a UN brigade in space. In this novella, Mac Uisdin doesn’t just sketch his world and his characters, but splashes them in glorious Technicolor, from MacShaka the tartan Zulu to the felonious gang of ne'er-do-wells and outcasts that comprise the UN Off-World Legion, aka the Scarlet Bastards.
A veritable barrage of the senses, The Scarlet Bastards is hilarious, exotic, surreal, vivacious and poignant. The writing juxtaposes travelling through hyperspace with travelling by tundra camel; hides gems of wisdom in profanity-laden tirades. It's a roller coaster ride, but at it's heart it's an old tale, of a boy becoming a man far from home. Great writing and highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)