Something new has come up between the Discworld's ancient rival cites of Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali.
It's up island, rising out of Discworld's sea, uninhabited and claimed by both cities.
Under International Law this situation clearly falls under the ancient doctrine of Acquiris Quodcumque Rapis ("You Get What You Grab"). And everyone wants to grab. Besides, the Al-Khalians may have invented algebra, astronomy and alcohol, but hey don't have a word for lawyer, and how can you talk to people like that?
Since there's no basis for negotiation, it's down to the long-suffering Commander Vimes of the City Watch to deal with a crime as awful that there's no law against it.
It's called war.
Ankh-Morpork has been at peace for a century, and so has Al-Khali. But now there are people on both sides who think it's time to give was a chance, and will happily help it on its way with a few murders...
Modern war needs modern weapons. Unfortunately, Ankh-Morpork got rich making and selling them to Al-Khali. But it's just possible that salvation lies in the hands of the great inventive genius Leonard of Quirm, whose sketchbooks are filled with devices for killing people, flying through the air, and weighing cheese.
Maybe it's in his boat tat travels under water--Leonard calls it a "Going Under-The-Water-Safely Device", or "metal sinking fish thing" for short. (Just because he's an inventor doesn't mean he's good at naming stuff.) But this is carrying something else--a device that so powerful that it can finish any war.
But don't be alarmed. It's fantasy. It all happens on Discworld, where greed and ignorance influence human behavior, politicians pursue was for selfish ends, and perfectly ordinary people occasionally act like raving idiots.
A world, in short, totally unlike our own.
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Terry Pratchett is a phenomenon unto himself. Never read a Discworld book? The closest comparison might be Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with its uniquely British sense of the absurd, and side-splitting, smart humor. Jingo is the 20th of Pratchett's Discworld novels, and the fourth to feature the City Guard of Ankh-Morpork. As Jingo begins, an island suddenly rises between Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali, capital of Klatch. Both cities claim it. Lord Vetinari, the Patrician, has failed to convince the Ruling Council that force is a bad idea, despite reminding them that they have no army, and "I believe one of those is generally considered vital to the successful prosecution of a war." Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, has to find out who shot the Klatchian envoy, Prince Khufurah, and set fire to their embassy, before war breaks out.
Pratchett's characters are both sympathetic and outrageously entertaining, from Captain Carrot, who always finds the best in people and puts it to work playing football, to Sergeant Colon and his sidekick, Corporal Nobbs, who have "an ability to get out of their depth on a wet pavement." Then there is the mysterious D'reg, 71-hour Ahmed. What is his part in all this, and why 71 hours? Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo. --Nona VeroAbout the Author:
Terry Pratchett lives in Somerset, England, where he spends all his time, and more, writing his rigorously naturalistic, curiously entertaining, shamelessly popular Discworld novels that have earned him extravagant acclaim and puzzled stares from millions of readers around the world. He is the author of Small Gods, Soul Music, Men at Arms, Lords and Ladies and Feet of Clay .
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Book Description Harper Voyager, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Welcome to Discworld, where the Only Things More bizarre than a very flat planet zipping through space on the backs of four elephants poised atop an enormous turtle are the people that call it home.Lo and behold: a new island has surfaced in the waters smack between the lands of Ankh-Morpork and Al-Khali. But rather than share this place equally, greedy individuals on both sides hatch a scheme to force the two countries into war -- a particularly nasty situation that hasn't occurred in these parts in more than a century. Now all that stands between an all-out confrontation is Captain Vimes and his gallant troop of City Guards, who must traverse the ocean straight into conflicts with marauding hordes, and, worst of all, bureaucratic blockheads.With several million copies of the series in print, as well as a multitude of related tie-in and merchandising products, nothing's more fun or fantastic than taking a trip to Terry Pratchett's Discworld! With Jingo, fans all over the world can visitDiscworld once again -- without having to set foot on the darned thing. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0061050474
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