Reviews of Very Strange Trip, a (1999)
Review by nowirehangers (2007-05-14)
The book was published in 1999 but it's set (the "present" part of it, that is) in 1991, just after the fall of the Soviet Union. Dumphee, the hero, drives a military vehicle with a russian time machine and experimental weapons. Some of the references to current events must have felt outdated when the book was published and they're no less so today. But its biggest problem is the plot's lack of direction. It's a very strange trip indeed, but it still feels like it's going nowhere.
The novel was written by Wolverton based on a screenplay by Hubbard, and it shows. I get the feeling this story would have been more fun as a movie than as a novel.
Eight years after its publication, "A very Strange Trip" still hasn't been published in mass market paperback. If it had been available as a low priced paperback, fans of the authors might have wanted to check it out, but it's not worth getting as a full price hardcover.