Two hundred fifty years ago, a purveyor of poisons and the creator of genetically modified organisms—Emirk Corporation—launched into the Moon’s orbit around the Earth an artificial planetoid called Chrome.
There, Emirk technicians created races of human beings blended with the genes of animals. They were called Blends.
Now Luna Lightfoot—half puma, half woman, jewel thief—inadvertently hears a confidential conversation and witnesses a murder. She teams up with Terralina Rustabrin—half tortoise, half woman, bond-promised to a tortoise prince—and discovers a murderous scheme to change the lives of Chromians. A chameleon mercenary and an insane mastermind lurk behind the scheme.
Lisa Mason has published eleven novels, including Summer of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist), The Gilded Age (a New York Times Notable Book), Arachne (a Locus Hardcover Bestseller), The Garden of Abracadabra (“Fun and enjoyable Urban Fantasy”), Celestial Girl (A Lily Modjeska Mystery), Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection”), and forty stories and novelettes in magazines and anthologies worldwide.
Mason (Cyberweb) entertains and elicits fascinating questions about human nature in this fast-paced, action-packed science fiction adventure. A civilization of half-human, half-animal hybrids has lived on Chrome, a man-made mini-planet that orbits the Earth, for over 200 years. Luna Lightfoot is a puma blend with quick instincts and a predilection for heists. During one of her capers, Luna witnesses a blackmail attempt turn fatal. Spotted close to the crime scene, Luna lands in the crosshairs of the investigation. With the help of Terralina, a tortoise blend, Luna attempts to solve the murder and catch the culprit, an unusual, fanged reptile blend. But Luna is unprepared for how deep Chrome's dark underbelly goes. The colorful cast raises the question of which ancestry is more savage: that of animals or humans? Mason front-loads the novel with tedious exposition, but the story gains traction once the excessive background information has been covered, reading like a cinematic sibling of The Island of Doctor Moreau. Readers who stick with it will be hooked. (Self-published)