PLEASE NOTE: Although this book is part of the IRISH LOTTERY SERIES, there is no cliffhanger. It is true that the characters get older as the series progresses, but each book is a complete story, and can be enjoyed without having read the previous book.
It's danger on the high seas for the Barnetts, but will it come from the authorities, Mother Nature or family Flood?
In Wisconsin six years ago, Ursula Barnett accidentally defrauded her local church of thousands. The statute of limitations is inching closer, and the police are circling in. Panicked, Ursula books herself and her American family passage on a budget centennial Titanic cruise, hoping to ride out the investigation and embark a woman redeemed.
But lurking amongst the leaky walls of the Queen of Crabs is a danger worse than disgruntled, poorly-paid staff, bad food and terrifying onshore excursions: her Irish family, still resentful of the Barnett's lottery win years earlier. Sister-in-law Fionnuala Flood, knowing Ursula is a sitting duck for the next twelve days, rallies the family to retaliate, stopping at nothing to drag lady of leisure Ursula back down into the gutter that is their own life. The Queen of Crabs, though, is not Derry, Northern Ireland, but an alien battlefield, where the Barnetts and Floods find more enemies lurking outside the family than within.
Fleeing The Jurisdiction is equal parts Titanic, Love Boat and Voyage of the Damned, a darkly comic story of family relationships, the politics of envy and, perhaps, some personal redemption.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this third and funniest ( so far) installment of the series, Gerald Hansen literally takes his feuding Floods and Barnetts out of Derry and to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, they are all out to sea in every way possible - and going global to match their growing and worldwide fan base. They belong to all of us now!
Hansen immediately signals this expansion of the cultural arena with a clever exchange of colors for the cover of his third book in the Flood saga. it's possible to draw a strong parallel between the most recent development of the rolling feud ignited by Fionnuala Flood's pathological envy of her American brother-in-law's win on the Irish Lotto - and the evolution of the flags used to demonstrate political and religious allegiances by the people of Northern Ireland. Gone, for now, are the colors of the Irish Tricolor: Green representing the Gaelic tradition of Ireland; Orange representing the Irish followers of William of Orange; White...
In this latest installment of the "Flood Family Saga" Fionnuala and her demon brood have signed on (well, more like "been impressed onto") for a working vacation on a Titanic 100th Anniversary Memorial Cruise. Unbeknownst to either of them, her sister, Ursula Barnett has also signed on for the cruise, but whereas Fionnuala is working in the bowels of the ship, Ursula is in First Class. The cruise ship is a leaky old tub on its last voyages before going to the breakers. How Ursula and her arch nemesis Fionnuala fare is a richly comic tale, replete with turns of plots and twists of fate. Throw in an Italian Romance for daughter Dymphna and brother in law Jed's involvement with MI6 (or is it MI5?) and you will be chuckling every page. A great book to read while waiting in the dentist's office, though you might get some strange looks as you start to laugh!
For those reviewers complaining about these books being too crude, lewd or lascivious, please: I hear much worse...
I loved this book. The author has that great Irish wit and uses it to the full. Fabulously humorous characters well fleshed out in their absurdity and many crazy plot strands endlessly mingling make this an excellent read. I can't begin to convey the bizarre storyline but it is very very funny. I loved the babies Beeyonsay and Keanu the best. Hope his other books are as entertaining. This would make a great read aloud story for someone sick in bed. It would cheer them right up and probably make them well again (if laughter is indeed the best medicine).
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