Trouble Down Under by Robert Mackey

(The Amazing and Ludicrous Adventures of Doctor Antonio) (Volume 3)

Dr. Antonio and his girlfriend Plum finally thought they could get some downtime after their nautical adventures in Trouble on the High Seas. But then their new alien friends Jim and AB materialize in their rainforest home, and Antonio and the gang realize there is much more ludicrous fun to be had…this time in Australia.


Their first stop mistakenly lands the Caribbean Princess directly atop the Sydney Opera House, thrusting our wacky heroes into more trouble they just can’t seem to escape. To make matters worse, when they come upon their first mob of kangaroos, they’re surprised to find that someone has stolen all the bounce out of not only the roos but every bounceable thing on Earth. The culprits? The alien Pleotrimatorians from the Neep Galaxy, and only AB and Jim—with his wide variety of impractical and often defective inventions—know how to get there.

After performing comedy for tiny aliens under the threat of death, appeasing the king of cyborg space cows, and helping an orphanage for homely alien children, Antonio and friends have embarked on their most ridiculous quest to date. Follow them to the end of the universe and back. The ride will make your head spin.

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Robert Mackey is a retired construction worker and real estate investor turned writer. Robert’s works intended for the mg/ya age groups are free of sex, killing and profanity. His works for adult audiences can’t even begin to make this claim.

Robert currently resides near the megalopolis of Addy, Washington, a hamlet working desperately to attain the coveted ‘One Horse’ status. So far all they have is those stick ponies you know, the stick with the little plastic head at the end that you hold between your legs and run around playing cowboy? Actually, half the people in town have those and the other half have stick cows. Every spring the people with the ponies round up the people with the cows and chase them into the hills to pasture for the summer. It’s pretty quiet around town in the summer. (Got a little sidetracked there.)

Robert lives there with his lovely wife Janice and his teenage son Joshua who has a vocabulary consisting of two sentences which Joshua feels are sufficient to get him through the balance of his life. They are as follows, “Huh?” and “I don’t know.” In case you have any toddlers and are trying to teach them to speak, these few words should be all they need to master in order to make it through high school. These sentences must always be used in conjunction with one another and in the order in which they’ve been presented.

Robert lives by the following adage: No matter how many heads have to roll in the attainment of you goals, be certain to smile and wave at them as they pass. It’s best to do your beheading on a hill with your opponent uphill from you to insure the head actually rolls and to prolong the amount of time you get to smile and wave. (Very important.)

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