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 now 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 whilst 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 the locals, 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…
My Review: Wow. Another great installment in the Banned Underground series. The jokes are as good (and bad) as ever, but I feel the story has really grown up in the newest book. Though the first novel had a definite young adult feel, this new book has innuendos and jokes that will probably go over the younger audience’s heads. I’d still let my teen read the book, but I really think this particular story would engage a more mature reader.
So, what’s Bass Instinct about? A sexy new bass player takes over for the missing Dai and things get crazy for the Banned. Freya is a threat to the band, and though I spent much of the story trying to figure out if the secrets she was holding were good or bad, one thing was certain–whether she intended to or not, her presence meant trouble for the Banned. There’s a whole lot going on in this story on many different fronts. I really, really liked the story elements with Dai and Gloria, and though the Dark Lord is supposed to be evil, I can’t help but like him too. (Hint: anyone going through marital difficulties or a divorce will love the Dark Lord’s jokes about the trials and tribulations of marriage.)
I got a bit tired of reading about Ned and the Watches, but that was probably because I was anxious to get back to the parts I loved: The Banned, Freya, Dai & Gloria. There was so much I loved about his book and can’t wait to read the next. Bring on the Banned!