Delete This at Your Peril is a very, very funny book and a perfect present for anybody who has: A) a sense of humour and B) gets irritated by Internet spammers and their tiresome scams. Bob Servant, 62-year-old window cleaner and Dundee’s former cheeseburger kingpin, wages war on the scammers and their promises of easy money, love and gainful employment. The hilarity comes from Bob’s outrageous demands and the way he pulls the spammers into his own crazy, mundane and out of register world. You will piss yourself and then quote sections of this book repeatedly within your circle of friends” - Irvine Welsh, part of Esquire Magazine's The Fifty Funniest Books Ever
“COMEDY and literature have a rather vexed relationship. (This) reminds me how good good comic writing can be..The surrealism is perfect: Bob wants an African prince to pay him in lions, seeks legal advice when he kidnaps a postman and woos his Russian bride with a pet emu (everyone in Broughty Ferry has one). The reader, as much as the fraudsters, is drawn into Bob's manic world and hare-brained schemes: we meet his friends Frank Theplank and Chappy Williams, tag along on a vodka and Irn Bru fuelled bender, and wonder what exactly the gypsies did with his ladders.
There's a wonderful tie-in website (http: //bobservant.com) where the reader can catch up with the ongoing adventures, including his book launch, how to impersonate an octopus and some trouble with an 89-year-old joiner. A word of warning. Reading is supposed to be a solitary experience. My wife reminded me of this fact on the umpteenth interruption of "You've got to read this bit". Well, you should”. – Scotland on Sunday
“It’s the time of year when bookshops dedicate an unprecedented acreage of shelf space to that mayfly of the book world, the ‘Humour and Gift’ title. Like the mayfly, their lifespan is woefully short. The very best become as familiar as a beloved family pet. Hurrah for Bob Servant! He wreaks revenge on the fraudsters, making them dance to his tune with his wonderfully surreal replies. Read it in private as it will make you laugh out loud, and as for Bob’s victims, it really couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of crooks”. – The Book Magazine
“The spoof letter-writer is not a new phenomenon. Henry Root notoriously kicked it all off in the 1960s and 70s. Delete This at Your Peril carries the genre into the internet age. As is customary, the ostensible writer of the letters, in this case Bob Servant is a pseudonym. Here it is Neil Forsyth, a journalist from the Dundee suburb of Broughty Ferry (also the home of Bob). The result is amusing, occasionally hilarious. This is chiefly due to the character of Bob himself. A former cheeseburger magnate and semi-retired window cleaner, Bob is a delightfully deranged but likeable rogue. Drinking in and chasing ‘skirt’ around, the bars of Broughty Ferry with ne’er-do-well mates such as Frank Theplank, he is a late-middle-aged working-class eccentric in the vein of John Shuttleworth.
It’s delightful to read Bob’s responses as he deliberately evades their ever more desperate entreaties, gleefully missing the point and rambling irrelevantly about his seedy lifestyle and deluded schemes. All of which makes Bob Servant even more believable: a living, breathing creation of comic genius. I’d like to read more of his exploits and can even envisage a glittering career on radio or maybe television if Forsyth sees fit. Today Broughty Ferry. Tomorrow, the world?” - Bookbag
“He’s a Henry Root for the digital age. This hilarious collection bites the spammers back. Self described unemployed gigolo Bob (could he be the alter ego of Forsyth, author of GT-Featured Other People’s Money?) lives in the Scottish town of Broughty Ferry. Bob spends his time replying to get rich quick internet spamsters, embroiling them in even more outrageous schemes of his own. I fell off my chair several times as he runs bizarre circles around Russian wannabe internet brides and Chinese rubber salesmen”. - GT Magazine
“This is a book that needed to be written. It is a declaration of defiance and warfare against one of the most dangerous threats to civilisation today. This is ‘one man’s fearless exchanges with Internet spammers’. Bob neatly turns the tables, leaving a trail of comic carnage as he gradually draws the unsuspecting crooks into his own outlandish schemes..eminently readable and absurdly funny…Often the funniest parts of Bob’s conversations are the replies, as the bewildered victims resort to increasingly ham-fisted attempts to extract money from a raving madman”. – Cherwell
“Genius! Highly entertaining and brilliantly deranged. Bob Servant takes on the spammers in a series of bizarrely hilarious emails with the irritating divs behind the spam”. – Maxim
“The editor’s introduction; his description of Bob Servant, ‘a former window cleaner and cheeseburger magnate’ already had me laughing. From Russian brides to military generals who actually believe Bob when he claims to be a woman, Bob out-cons them all; he ignores their desperate pleas for his bank details and instead suggests a variety of outrageous and hilarious schemes. I’m not usually the kind of person to laugh out loud when I read a book, but this one was an exception – it’s a cliché, but I actually couldn’t put it down! I’d definitely recommend this book if you want a funny, original, not too taxing read; it’s the best book I’ve read in a long time! 9/10”. - Student Direct
“A hilarious collection of preposterous, genuine email exchanges between comedy genius Bob and his victims…Bob is a lovable fictional character created by author Neil Forsyth, who is a 29-year-old ingenious journalist from a Scottish town of Broughty Ferry in Dundee. This humourous compilation has hit the market just in time to relieve the winter”. – Source
“This creation of Neil Forsyth is very clever, so clever in fact I am wondering if the last book I read of Neil's was fact or fiction. Bob Servant is a 62-year-old ex-cheeseburger salesman and ex-window cleaner, now with time on his hands he responds to spam e-mails. These are the writings of a clearly deranged mind! Through them we are introduced to a range of characters that feature in Bob's life including Tommy Peanuts, Frank ThePlank and Chappy Williams. Each one has a well developed character and they all have a love / hate relationship with Bob himself. It's weird reading, but weird can be funny!” – Soteria
"Spam - don't you just love it? That's just what Bob Servant thinks, anyway. The alter ego "friend" of writer Neil Forsyth is a 62-year-old disgraced window cleaner and ex-cheeseburger van king, and he spends an awful lot of time on the Internet. And he's barking. He's quite happy to consider paying £3,000 to release funds in Nigeria, provided he's paid in lions. Forsyth's book is an often hilarious collection of occasions where he / Bob took the spammers on at their own game. Spinning out a web of vague and meandering replies where the money-grabbers get increasingly confused and frustrated, you're introduced to Bob's friends and acquaintances, including budding African cuisine chef Frank Theplank and the other's down at Stewpot's...
Because we get to know Bob a bit in a rambling introduction about his days as a cheeseburger magnate, his anarchic imagination and staggering non sequiturs don't come as a complete surprise, which helps. At first the laughter is disbelieving; later, when the situations are more repetitive, it's more a question of hanging in patiently waiting for the payoff. Even when two situations seem identical, the results are completely different, with the reactions of the scammers varying drastically. This isn't the kind of book that is done justice in reviews; it's less than a tenner at Amazon and deserves to be bought and read instead. And it makes a damn good gift for bookish geeks". - ShinyShiny
"I’ve been laughing myself silly at it. Bob’s a superbly rounded character, there’s a natural sense of the intrinsically funny and the author knows how to pace a gag. There are some beautifully dry annotations, and a picture of an ostrich that is perfectly, perfectly placed. Take that as a recommendation" - JonnyB (www.privatesecretdiary.com)
"After I finished being sick with laughter, I finally get round to writing a review. In a correspondence kindly edited for idiocy and checked for downright lies by his good friend Neil Forsyth, Bob takes on and roundly beats the scammers at their own game, turning the offer of a dead African king's $75m fortune into a doomed business plan to take delivery of a set of talking lions: Then there's the unfortunate episode where the offer of becoming the official money laundering agent of a non-existent company becomes the building of a legal defence over sticking a vacuum cleaner pipe up the postman's bottom...
There are, of course, sites all over the internet where fearless users take on spammers and have the time of their lives running them up the garden path and back again. The difference here is that it's actually funny. Laugh out loud funny, in fact. While some fake Russian bride ("My God, what a pair of bazookas") is trying to extract shed-loads of cash from our hero, he is out buying her an ostrich as a present and stringing her along with the tale of his attempts to get Champion home on the bus.
You may catch up with more of the genius of Bob Servant at his own high-quality website, and you can do the old fella a favour by purchasing his excellent book from one of many good bookstores. Or, just send him the money, because he'll only go back to window cleaning to fund his jazz mag collection.This book is judged: EXCELLENT" - www.scaryduck.blogspot.com
Bob is a serious man, a thoughtful man, a complicated man, who knows that when holding a man's cock in the bathroom you look straight ahead. In the days where we can't open our e-mail inbox without being bombarded with stories of woe that only a large cash advance can solve, it's nice to know Bob's telling our stories, too.- Sharp Magazine
Some of the funniest e-mails you will ever read [and] some of the best comedy I have read in a while. if you ever wanted to "get even" with spammers, live vicariously through Bob Servant. The ride is wild and extremely funny. – Lunch.com
This book will most certainly entertain and amuse. If getting "a live one" is akin to fly-fishing, these guys are the stars of the Fishing Channel and hilariously show internet scam artists are just as gullible as their victims if not more so. Delete This At Your Own Peril is funnier than 365 joke-of-the-day emails as the spammers realise they are dealing with a raving loony.– Serious Comedy Site