★ An unconventional, satirical, controversial, time travel comedy!
What if you could reach back in time to deport the world’s worst environmental villains to a depository planet before their greed condemns Earth to an ecological apocalypse? What if each time you did so, an alien instantly extracted a body part and replaced it with a refurbished one? Would you still do it?
With little choice but to cooperate, Dr. Stefan Westin (aka Doctor Refurb) and vet tech Tara Kramer endure multiple body part extractions for the sake of Earth. Then, with the help of Rodney, a full-time planetary consultant from another galaxy, they must finish the job by traveling back in time to capture Ralph, a rebellious alien who has been jumping from person to person doing evil in the name of Christianity since biblical times. But Ralph could be anywhere—from leading the Spanish Inquisition, to instigating the Salem witch hangings, to abusing indigenous children at residential schools in Canada, to occupying an abusive missionary in Brazil. Only by capturing Ralph can Stefan and Tara annul the unholy marriage between conservative Christianity and the worst environmental villains.
Adding to the difficulty of their task is that they must succeed before expending their time travel budget. Should they fail, Rodney’s supervisor won’t wait for the ecological apocalypse to happen—she’ll order Earth recycled immediately! Heartrending yet hilarious, Doctor Refurb is influenced by actual historical events and confronts the serious subjects of climate change, far-right politics, and child abuse committed by Christian authorities.
Listen to it before it becomes the most frequently banned book of 2033! (We’re time travelers; we checked.)
Top-5 Finalist: Shelf Unbound 2022 Best Indie Book Competition
“This hilarious SF novel pits a doctor and a time-traveling alien against eco catastrophe.”—BookLife by Publisher’s Weekly (editor’s pick)
“Doctor Refurb is a fun and thought-provoking read from first page to last. Unique, creative, iconoclastic, Doctor Refurb is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book has been finished and set back upon the shelf.”—Midwest Book Review
“This time-travel comedy is completely audacious, utterly bonkers, political AF (don’t expect it to reach across the aisle!), and wildly entertaining!”—Jeff Strand, author of Freaky Briefs
“Humor abounds, both obvious and subtle, resulting in a finely tuned fusion of political satire and science fiction that is sure to elicit intelligent, if not hysterical, conversation. A rousing platform to stimulate change, Doctor Refurb is an assertive novel that treads equally in fact, fiction and compulsive entertainment.”—Indies Today (five stars)
“Delightfully tongue-in-cheek.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Though Republicans and evangelical Christians might balk at some of Doctor Westin’s antics and opinions, readers with an open mind and a good sense of humor will greatly enjoy Marty Essen’s DOCTOR REFURB, a thought-provoking read, which uses satire and comedy to raise important issues about the state of the planet.”—IndieReader (IndieReader Approved)