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Mr. Hook's Big Black Box is a novel by Angel Wedge. It revolves around a group of university alumni at a reunion, meeting up and recounting their adventures with the titular mysterious box, as well as helping their friend Destinee recover her memory.

The novel is still being edited. New chapters from the rough first draft are released every Saturday on Google Plus, while chapters from a slightly-more-polished second draft are being posted on Wattpad. The G+ version of the first chapter was posted on the day it was written, so that version has a hundred-instalment head start, but the Wattpad version is probably easier for readers who want to catch up and don't like having the newest chapter at the top.

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Mr. Hook's Big Black Box provides examples of:

  • Accent Slip Up: Happens with the gunman in the Brassic. Kris's narration mentions that he tries to sound like a British film gangster, but his accent occasionally slips into something more rural.
  • Action Girl: Ferrari knows martial arts and how to use a sword. In fact, of all the heroes, she's the one who does pretty much all the fighting.
  • Acquired Error at the Printer: The university's name is deliberately misspelled as "Lanchester Universitay" on pamphlets for the reunion, in reference to the same typo having been present in the information packs they received when they joined as students.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Ferrari. She has mixed ancestry and was originally born in an unspecified foreign country, and is described as having a deep Mediterranean tan.
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  • Berserk Button: The only thing that makes Destinee genuinely angry is being called Monty.
  • The Chick: Monty/Destinee.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Monty and Destinee both embody this trope. Martin Cheese is one too, but in a different way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ferrari is the most snarky, but all of them can be this to a certain extent (even Destinee).
  • Did You Die?: Destinee asks this of Kris after the latter narrates being beaten up by some goons.
  • Five-Man Band: The main members of the LUSARS.
  • Foreshadowing: The main characters are recounting a story that happened to them fifteen years ago, so they all know what's going to happen. They say a lot of things that will mean something different if you know about later events.
  • Fun with Acronyms: LUSARS, which stands for Lanchester University Samurai Appreciation and Re-enactment Society. Only Martin Cheese actually pronounces it as "losers", though, and that's only to show his disrespect for the group.
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  • Gratuitous Japanese: The main characters refer to the leader of their student council as "kaityou", a shortening and mispronunciation of "seitokaicho", Japanese for "student council president".
  • Groin Attack: Kris does this to a gunman in the Brassic bar.
  • The Lancer: Ferrari.
  • The Leader: Kris, being the leader of the LUSARS, fits this role.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: Pretty much the entire thing is the main characters trying to get the Box to a safe place, without letting it fall into the hands of Russian soldiers, fake CIA agents, real CIA agents, or the Greek mafia.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The titular Box itself. The only parts of its name that fit are "Mr. Hook's" and "big" - it's not black, and it's not really a box either, though it is a kind of container.
  • Not a Morning Person: Dwayne. He takes ages to wake up, even when there's an emergency.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The flashback scenes are told this way, with each character telling their own version of what happened (with varying degrees of accuracy).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Many of the characters and organisations in the story think that there's something really, really bad inside the Box.
    • In chapter the August 2018 chapters, the LUSARS get first-hand evidence of what's in the box for the first time. Turns out it might be a Girl in a Box instead. But we still can't be sure.
  • She-Fu: Subverted. Marco recalls Ferrari doing this in one of her fights, but she shoots him down, claiming that all those fancy flips and acrobatics aren't practical in real life.
  • Spy Speak: Ferrari uses this a lot, justifiably since she works for the CIA.
  • The Smart Guy: Dwayne.
  • Tomboyish Name: Montgomery "Monty" Jude Darwin.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Pretty much all of them, to a certain extent, but Martin Cheese is the worst - his "recollections" (to use the term loosely) frequently veer off into wild fantasies that have little if any basis in reality. Then later on, it turns out his stories might have been more accurate than people initially thought.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Whoever gave Ferrari her name must have been really into cars.
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