Russ looks understandably smug after his season in the sun - his bags are packed but the obligatory semi-naked Blonde (who looks vaguely familiar) is giving him those bed-me eyes. She knows that there's always time for one last bout of TOBIN before the Plane leaves...
Take off Tobin, and see how it feels. "Oh this is terrible!" she gasped, collapsing against the pillow. "Awful" I agreed, fighting for breath. "We can't keep this up - we'll KILL ourselves". "At least" . "We'll probably fall down dead in the street. Too much lovin'." "I can see it now. Russ Tobin, star of hit TV commercials, was found in a crumpled heap in Oxford Street today. Post-mortem revealed a strain equal to running up Mt. Everest six times carrying a fully grown bullock!"
Take it all off, Russ, and have yourself a ball - you have nothing to lose but your genes!
The story opens on Friday 4th November (NB the 4th November fell on a Friday in 1966 - the leap year in 1972 meant that it didn't fall on a Friday again until 1977! So either a)Stan is having a little joke with us b)Stan wasn't really paying all that much attention or c)The story is maybe set in 1966 (doubtful)....maybe Russ was just so tired from the summer's non-stop shagging that he got it wrong!) Anyway - maybe we're taking this all a bit too seriously. If you like time-line weirdness - check out the review of Tobin Down Under...
Back to the plot. Russ decides to try for the Safari Courier job, spends his last night in Majorca in Jail and eventually arrives back in London with Patrick on 5th November. They stay in the Phoenix Hotel just off the Bayswater Road (don't know if this actually exists) and they meet up with Tony Dane again who drags them along to a party held by the latest pop-sensation, Albert Chutney (real name: Horatio Death!).Albert is a true scouser and Russ bonds with him over this, doing "translation" of his thick accent during an interview. Anyway - Russ gets the Safari job starting 1st December - so with time to kill he takes a cruise down to Africa, leaving November 11th (ironic that he doesn't actually "Take Off" therefore - the book should be called Tobin Sets Sail. Probably)
On Page 8 Russ fantasises about a bird. Not till Page 15 does he cast an eye over a REAL woman...and she's the Air Hostess!
A barren patch for Russ (he surely needed the break?) - on Page 92 he says it's been ONE WHOLE WEEK since he last got Herc involved in some love action. Not until Page 124 does he get back amongst the girls.
Russ is on the Scotch and Soda at the start of the book, and tries a Brandy on Page 13 - not until Page 93 does he get a taste of the vodka, whilst at Albert Chutney's party.
Immediately! The story opens with a thorough recount of the story so far..
That you should always associate with successful people if you want to be successful yourself.
Quite honestly this isn't a GREAT Tobin book plot-wise, but by any standard it's still a good read and its primary purpose is to act as the transition piece between life in Majorca and life in Nairobi. 7/10