When I start reading any book, I go in totally unprepared. All I knew was that I was about to read a family friendly furry book. The story starts out at Quasar Strange Toys and Shipping, which is housed in its own space station with Toby trying to steal a shuttle to save the woman that he desperately loves (Braquel), from the very 1st day that they ever meet, even though he really never told her this would weave me through a tapestry of dozens of little stories that work flawlessly with the main tale.
We got to meet Harold, Violet and all their friends as well as their enemies, including Col. Thayer, who at this point just wanted to send Toby to the brig. Who wanted to steal a shuttle after the ship Braquel was on had this incident where she was the only survivor.
The main plot of this novel is how Braquel is going to be rescued and those behind it and all the little stories in between. We were introduced to many characters and what I found was a delight. It wasn’t what they were called, it was the way they were described where you had to use your imagination to picture what they even looked like. But also we find out if they are good or evil. When we are introduced to Minerva, who at this point is Head of Security for Quasar Strange Toys and Shipping, who actually has their own motives to want Toby out of the picture, it does involve a group called The Order.
Meanwhile Braquel has safely landed upon a planet. We find out that there is a threat against her and she is brought to the Ministry’s Safe House, before escaping.
Harold was arrested for being a corporate spy, and Larva turned out to be a human furry. There is talk about expelling them from the station.
But when 2 Medusa ships crash into the station, Toby, Harold and Wilhelmina decide to rescue as many as they can. As their bosses are the first ones to flee this chaos, leaving everyone else to their own fates.
The trio run into many friends as well as enemies.
During this time Minerva admits that she wanted to kill Braquel and gives out her reasons as she tries to kill Toby. Minerva turned out to be both a murderer and thief who has her own means of escape.
But everyone is rescued, and the survivors are safe.
They finally land and immediately look for supplies as well as clues on where is Minerva?
They found where she was, but Pod Express claimed she died. But everyone believes that they are lying…Toby and Harold return to Pod Express to find the crew with the help of Dash.
Toby makes a temporary departure as he is on an assignment for the Fairy Government.
Meanwhile, Braquel goes to Joe’s Repair Shop and tries to contact Quasar Strange Toys and Shipping and then finds out what happens. As there is a plot elsewhere of the death of Toby and his friends.
Braquel gets a job but only for 1 shift at Sir Chicken of Camelot but she has a visitor and it’s Alison via The Pandora’s Box and gives her an update of current events.
We learn of a prophecy involving Braquel.
Then suddenly a box spoke to Braquel and we got a glimpse of future events.
When Toby and friends return from Pod Express, they discover Violet in the pod they receive.
Gladiola kills Dash and then tells Minerva she is getting picked up.
Toby and friends take a break for a little musical theater all as Violet discovers her room aboard the ship has been overrun by Happy Evil Pets.
Turns out Violet and Harold are in love.
We do get some action when looking for Fire Gems, Violet and Toby are attacked by robots.
Although the story contains many interesting characters, I found one especially interesting and that would be, Belly Man and Joe. They inhabit the same body. While Belly Man wants to help Braquel. Joe seems to have his own agenda. Breaking into Braquel’s shuttle, stealing what little valuables she has, Joe made a huge mistake while committing check fraud. When Toby is able to send Braquel money so she could make her way back. Joe “Borrows” said that money not realizing the money was spent that it could only be used to help Braquel. That was so much fun.
The Pandora Box or boxes are the most unusual aspect of this novel. It is both a tool for good and evil. Do good. The box recharges for a 2nd use, do evil, it takes part of your mortal soul. It also can be used to exchange gifts as well as information which becomes very important later in the tale.
When Violet is taken prisoner, and Braquel aids in her escape through one of those Pandora Boxes.
Although the ending with all these loose ends might seem to leave you hanging. All of this is resolve and the best thing I can say. Everyone, including Braquel and Toby who get married, gets what they want the most…if they are good. But if they are evil they get what they deserve the most.
Overall Furry Galaxy 75 was an interesting adventure with great characters. A simple marvelous story for one like me who simply loves little tales I was in heaven. I got to know everyone in this story well, you understand their motives and what actually drives them.
Personally I can’t wait to see what is the next work of Van Hill Millville. I eagerly await the next adventure.
The book can be found HERE on Amazon – it’s currently 99 cents