Eager to improve his chances with the ladies, Pook takes the celebrated Beau Nash
course: How to Attract Women Without Moving. Then, to try out his new power over
the fair sex, he and Honners sail on a package tour cruise aboard the Pagan Princess,
bound for the torrid Mediterranean and Brochureland romance.
There is no shortage of sundeck goddesses on the ship, but
the highlight of the voyage is a shore-excursion to a North
African city which is in the throes of a political coup. Pook becomes involved to
the extent of having bed-and-breakfast in the King’s Harem of his majesty’s summer
palace, where one has merely to wake the King’s favourite to ring the bell for room
service and instant death.
“This is our finest houri,” Pook declares as he unveils her.
How he joins the Imperial Eunuch Guard before escaping
to Italy has to be read to be believed, but Pook fans will not be disappointed by
the hilarious climax to yet another thrilling tale of low adventure.