A Lost Review of “The Extravengers” by PA

Sep 19, 2017 by

{Author’s Note – I tried to post this to Amazon, but they rejected it because they are awful people. This is not the first time that has happened, so if it ever happens to you when you try to post a review of one of Dev’s books, do tell him about it, and he will make sure it gets published, anyway.}

Think about chemistry — the mind-tingling, wit-appreciative British humor that constantly brewed between Emma Peel (Dame Diana Rigg) and John Steed (Patrick Macnee) as they combine forces to save the world from mayhem during the 1960’s TV favorite “The Avengers.”


Pair it with biology — the core-tingling, palm-itching, bottom stinging responses evoked by the delightfully rounded posterior of Dame Diana that so often filled the small screen in the clever series.


And there you have it — the best of both worlds for an audience devoted to both the cerebrally engaging and the physically captivating. How eagerly humanity as we know it — both those who have embraced their true selves and those still struggling with the battle — awaited (and continues to pine for) each new episode.


Unfortunately, such a titillating actual spanking pair has yet to appear on-screen and, it must be acknowledged, never will.


Happily, however, just such a combination of witty theatrical crime solving and This Thing We Do does exist in a companion realm.

We owe that to multi-book author and spanking romance doyen Devlin O’Neill, who has invited us along on a page-turning adventure that showcases his favorite leading lady, her urbane and very well dressed male crime-fighting partner, and also a third character, whom the author seems to know as well as he knows himself, in the spanking-as-speculative-fiction novel “The Extravengers.”



The first time I read this book, I indulged fully in my usual approach to any of the dozens of tales O’Neill commits to paper — that of speed reading until I reach the “good” parts, which I then savor repeatedly and at my leisure. Then, with my appetite for physically-focused tingle satisfied — at least, temporarily — I began again. The second read-through nourished both my brain and my funny bone.

“You won’t run a few simple errands, even as a personal favor to me?” Reed said as he dribbled the last of the bubbly into her glass.

“You think you can prey upon my helplessness, don’t you?” Ella replied. “Just like last time.”

“My dear,” he said, his eyes wide as he raised his glass to her. “I never prey. It’s against my religion.”


O’Neill, admittedly, was still honing his literary (and spanking) craft as a teenager while Peel and Steed were dispatching the naughty-doers on-screen, without benefit of canes or corners, so I am quite certain he had nothing to do with creating either the endearingly British repartee or the fantastic story lines that kept viewers coming back for more, week after week, but he could well have stepped in to fill creative shoes, had such been needed.


O’Neill, a popular Internet blog host, proves that ability in “The Extravengers” with his mastery of interplay between the main characters, combined with his spot-on ability to create dialogue the reader can hear falling with ease from the lips of the crime-fighting duo.


Once he adds his usual shuddery-feeling disciplinary descriptions of the delightful Ms. Peel getting what we all know she secretly yearned for through multiple BBC TV series, and you have one of O’Neill’s most delightfully satisfying books yet, on oh, so many levels.



Once you’ve read this clever story, you’ll feel compelled to search out episodes of the original TV show online. And you’ll view each scene with new eyes, hoping against hope that the script handed to Rigg and Macnee all those years ago will somehow be magically supplanted by O’Neill’s lively story line, instead.


Of course, that is not to be, but you can still enjoy the best of both worlds, thanks to the spanking fiction master and his spot-on (that would be “sit-spot,” of course) take on Emma Peel (Ella Teal), John Steed (Jon Reed), and the mysterious Desmond McSteel (Devl — oh, but you’ll figure that part out for yourself, I’m sure.)

Happy reading, then, and please, do share your own impressions of this clever and very satisfying book. It will encourage O’Neill to supply us with more stories, I am quite sure. Maybe some of them will even focus on the further adventures of Ella and Jon. I know that there are more tales to be told and bottoms to be warmed in this talented author’s spank-centric mind.

And I NEED them.

So will you.

That is all.

Princess Anastasia out.


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  1. Ang

    Wonderful review, PA, as usual. :thumbsup: :nod:

    I have never seen this TV series, but know enough about the actors to understand what you mean.

    Uncle Dev, I concur with PA in that this book is well worth the read and I have been looking forward to another story from you. I will happily buy, read, and review your next book because you are a superb writer and I love your work. Of course, Amazon quit taking my reviews, but that won’t stop me from trying. :nonono:

  2. Audrey

    :clap: Well said, PA! :notworthy: You have captured the essence of what we do, what we love, and what Uncle Dev is, does, and loves as well. :hug: This is such a witty, rollicking, and fun-loving book! Your review has me aching to reread if! :runaway: :read: Thanks for finding and reposting. I do so love a man in a bowler! :nod: :cowboy: :loveyou:

  3. Jolly good job, PA! :clap: Desmond and I appreciate the kudos very much. :grin: :hug:

    And our apologies to all who have tried to post reviews of this or any of my other books on Amazon. :sad: Throwing out a person’s review is very bad form, indeed. :notpleased:

    Still, I am delighted beyond words to be able to make these heartfelt comments available to the public in another format, so keep those cards and letters coming in, boys and girls. :wink:

  4. Oh, and BTW, Ang and Audrey did manage to get their lovely reviews of this book published on Amazon, so thank you both! :thumbsup: :hug: :hug:

  5. Jan

    What a lovely review of a super book! How clever you are. I loved this TV series back in the day. Oh the glamour of Emma Peel and Tara King,sigh….
    love Jan, xx

  6. Jane

    PA, you are the bestest and wonderfullest, and you’re so sooooooooooo clever! :hug: What a beautiful, well-crafted piece of writing, as always. :notworthy:

    I loooooove the Avengers, although as I watch it all cosy in bed, I do sometimes drift off. :worried: :eyes: Just as soon as I know Emma and Steed are gonna be okay!! I’m not tired or anything, just cosy! :nod:

    If you haven’t read Extravengers, do it! It is everything you could want it to be and more. :heart:

  7. Keri

    Thanks PA, it will be my next purchase of this type of book. :thumbsup: :notworthy:

    I have never had a problem posting on Amazon and I Hate to hear this as my hubby works at Amazon. He is not in the Kindle or book department so he hasn’t been able to beat them into performing better, still it makes me sad to hear people upset. :cry:

    Can’t wait to delve into this one. :nod: Then I’m going to read the one based on Hamlet. Why I haven’t done that yet is a sin, the spankable kind! :wink:

  8. Ash and Alder

    Oh, I must get to reading this one soon; I loved a watching The Avengers when I was a kid!

    Nice job, PA. :thumbsup:


  9. Princess Anastasia

    Hey, y’all. It’s been a busy, busy day and I’m just getting time to sit down and take a look at the blite. The lovely things you’ve all said make me feel very humbled, because it’s the book and the wonderful job Uncle Dev did with it that just sort of made the review write itself.
    I wish I had his grasp of dialogue and that talent for falling right in to the speech patterns and phrasing of characters someone else created that he exhibits. If you haven’t seen “The Avengers,” you really should watch at least a couple of episodes before you pick up Uncle Dev’s book. Then you’ll begin to appreciate the quality of his own take on the series and the characters he’s admired for so long. Well — “admired” may be a bit too tame to describe his feelings toward Dame Diana, but none of us will tell his mama about that, will we? :wink:
    For some reason, it took him quite some time to find the photos to go with this post — a job he INSISTED on doing himself, for some reason. :whistle: Not that I minded, but I do hope the next time there is a post involving Rufus Sewell he will put me in charge of “decorating” the page. :loveyou:
    Hope you all have a wonderful time reading this wonderful book and that, at some point, Amazon will change its policy toward Uncle Dev.
    Keri, I do apologize for my intemperate words directed toward Amazon. I’m glad your husband works there and I give him credit for all the good things the company does. :thumbsup: I admit my frustration over Uncle Dev’s situation with them hasn’t greatly affected my buying habits with them, just my language — and that only when I run right up against a policy I simply don’t understand.
    Maybe, in time, this will all come right. Meanwhile, I think it’s lovely that even a tiny part of the money they pay their employees is going to buy Uncle Dev’s books.
    Ash, Audrey, Ang, Janie and Jan — love y’all and Keri, too, and you have no idea how much I appreciate the sweet things you write. Reading the things you say is better than feasting on DC and Dove chocolate. :nod:
    Well … almost. :wink:
    I do sometimes have to remind myself that lapping up your kindness doesn’t get me :spank: and doesn’t make that part of my anatomy that pays for my dietary transgressions any broader. I suppose there is something to be said for that. :wink: So, thanks, everyone!

  10. Many thanks to all you lovely people for helping me to appreciate the finer experiences in life. The Avengers is and was a classic, and I wanted to keep that home fire burning. As Janie said, there is nothing so warm and cosy as cuddling up to watch Steed and Peel keep the world safe from nefarious nogoodniks of all stripes, even if no one does get spanked.

    Jan, I have the greatest admiration for Tara King, since she had quite the special knickers to fill taking Emma’s place, and she did yeoman service, indeed. Some of the episodes she and Steed did together were quite entertaining, but, quite honestly, the director did not show nearly enough of her better, behinder side, and you know how bottom-centric Uncle Dev is, so she cannot help but fall a bit short in that department. :dunno: :wink:

    Keri, do, please, enjoy this book, as well as the Hanlett one. I do tend to roam far afield in my writing, but it all comes back, spankingly, to the English classics, whether Elizabethan tragedy or BBC black-and-white dramedy. Did you notice, BTW, that The Extravengers’ cover is in black and white? That was not accidental. :wink:

    And, PA, thank you so much for stepping up and telling readers so very eloquently what they need to know about my work.

    But as to the photos I added, you know that guys are much more visually oriented than girls. A girl notices another girl’s cute denim shorts; a guy notices exactly how deeply, to the millimeter, they dip into the girl’s rear cleft. :nod: :groucho: :wink:

    That’s all for me, gang. :usa: :uk: :aussie: Sleep tight and sweet dreams :tobed: