Royal Pain Down Under – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; A Book and A Dish; Think With Your Taste Buds
When the cheeseburgers arrive Ash about falls out of her chair. The things are huge, probably bigger than those of the Red Top back home. They’re certainly thicker. No wonder they’re that price.. Ravenous Ash manages to eat only one of them. They taste fantastic. She has the other put in a to-go container. On a whim, Ash has the waitress get the owner to her table, acting as if she has a complaint. When the owner comes to the table, she tells him she won’t pay that for those burgers. Before he can say a word, she hands him the check with a ten thousand dollar pack of bills, “That’s what I’ll pay for these burgers.” The man if flabbergasted, totally speechless. Exactly the effect she wanted to have on him. She and Rodger get up to leave. She tips the waitress a thousand dollars because she can. Outside, Rodger quips, “What do you fancy yourself? Some kind of Robin Hood or something?” Ash smiles, “Something like that, when I get unexpected funds like those t the mill, I like to spread it around to those that deserve it, some of it, anyway. Some folds give to charities, I do a bit of that myself. I also like to help out hard working people that are doing things right.”
Ashling Pane is a woman of many faces and she doesn’t mind exposing them all when the need arises. One of her best friends just happens to be the President of the United States. After she saved his life twice, his career once, and rescuing his daughter from kidnappers, he has declared that she has free run of whatever she might need or think she might need. Nobody dares say different. This friendship has helped her accomplish her tasks in more ways than one. Ash normally works recovering high dollar items for major insurance companies. Her fees are high but her success rate is even higher, since she never gives up. On a case where she recovered a famous violin ‘Lady Blunt’ she also recovered a young Russian immigrant, Roz, that was being and used against her will. After taking her in, Ash discovers the girl’s musical talent affording her any instrument her heart desires to help make up for what she has been through. Money for that job was good but when Ash is asked to go to Australia to free those being enslaved by a man named Aldridge Ainsworth, the offer becomes more than she can afford to turn down. The Queen herself is making the request and offering her over $188,000,000 and that doesn’t count whatever she and her team might find along the way.
As it turns out, Ainsworth has the natives working the mines producing uranium as well as gold and silver. As the mines and compounds are attacked and the slaves freed, Ash and team find themselves collecting what ends up being several billion dollars in gold, gems, art and money hidden within the compounds. Even after making the team members rich beyond their belief, Ash still has more than she can ever begin to spend. Therefore she becomes ‘Robin Hood’ of sorts, taking from the criminals and giving a hand up to the working class.
Royal Pane Down Underwasn’t a disappointment. Ash Pane is still the person that you would love to be friends with while hoping that you never get on her bad side. If she likes you, you will always be in good hands. If she doesn’t like you, don’t step into her path. She is one macho woman who even the most macho men fear. This would make a good character for Angelina.