Published by Dreaming Big Publications
Review by Kara M
ABOUT THE BOOK
Orphaned and blind seven-year-old Callie has a service animal – a goat with extraordinary powers.
Ben Hemoth is a down-on-his luck news reporter facing prison. Needing to save his job and his reputation, he teams up with Venus, a young seductress caught up with a teenage drug gang.
When a mysterious letter arrives detailing a top-secret investigative operation, Ben and Venus think they’ve found their chance for redemption. The mission? Investigate a goat.
In exchange for an extravagant paycheck, Ben and Venus must piece together the wild rumors swirling around Callie, her supernatural goat, and a possible UFO visit.
Piers Anthony’s Service Goat is an extraordinary tale rich with adventure, extraterrestrial visitors, secrecy, dangerous governmental operations, and the classic hints of mischief that readers have come to expect and love from the New York Times bestselling author of the Xanth series.
This book was very interesting to say the least. The storyline was so creative, which made it a great page turner. Anthony writes in a very attention-getting, no nonsense way that was fun to keep reading. I was so intrigued by the wild plot. I’m not usually into a lot of science fiction-y books, but the lack of complicated jargon and scientific overload helped keep my interest since I wasn’t bombarded by words I didn’t know.
There were a few things keeping it from being a 5, however. While the book was a quick read, I felt it was kind of fast paced. There were a lot of moments that I would have loved to be further explained, or moments between characters further elaborated to build some relationships. Maybe some more of Callie’s thoughts.
The book does have some sexual content (nothing graphically described) that I wasn’t bothered by. However, I was bothered by one of the characters, Venus, being overly sexualized, especially by someone older than her. A principal of a grade school admits to fantasizing about her when she was in eighth grade and the comment (which I found pretty gross) was overlooked by everyone else who was present.
Despite the pacing and the one creepy comment, the rest of the novel was an interesting one that is hard to explain unless you read it for yourself. And you should read it for yourself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.