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After the “war with no name” a cat assassin searches for his lost love in Repino’s strange, moving sci-fi epic that channels both Homeward Bound and A Canticle for Leibowitz.
The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. As a final step in the war effort, the Colony uses its strange technology to transform the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters.
Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth's creatures.
Reader Pinchot delivers a sterling performance in this mind-bending dystopian tale. Sebastian is a happy, healthy house cat, with a family who feeds him and a loving friendship with Sheba, the dog next door. Meanwhile ant queen Hymenoptera, enraged by the anthropocentrism of humans, develops a race of super ants while releasing a pheromone that causes all animals to become humanlike. Sebastian, now over six feet tall and capable of handling firearms, adopts the name Mort(e) and becomes a ruthless soldier for the revolution, all the while looking for his canine friend, who went missing. Pinchot gives a masterly reading of Repino's ambitious debut, which quickly develops into an absorbing morality tale. Pinchot's calm, cool delivery fits perfectly with the world-weary tone of the book. His characters, especially Mort(e), are distinctive, diverse, and believable. He relays the dialogue with a realistic earnestness that belies the fact that it's transfigured animals doing the talking. Suspenseful, action packed, and thought provoking, this listen is not to be missed. A Soho hardcover.