Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fresh Ink: Spotlight on Debut Books of All Kinds: A Very New Kind of War
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. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming 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.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Cats and Guns: The Sublime Strangeness of MORT(E)

First Fiction Spring 2015: Robert Repino: A Cross-Species Conflict in a Cross-Genre Debut

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Robert Repino
Praise for the book:
“After a fantastical leap into an apocalypse of sentient animals, Mort(e) never looks back. Read this novel and you will never look at your pet the same way again.” ~Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse
“Absolutely incredible . . .The apocalypse has never, ever been this entertaining.”

“With sly references to Orwell’s Animal Farm, debut novelist Repino puts a nicely modern post-apocalyptic overlay on the fable of animals taking over the world . . . an engrossing morality tale with unexpected depths.” ~Publishers Weekly

“Devilishly entertaining . . . awfully good . . . a wild riff on interspecies warfare sure to make pet owners think twice the next time their tabby cat darts by. Imagine W. Bruce Cameron’s silly and maudlin A Dog’s Purpose recast as a violent and frightening post-apocalyptic global battle for the souls of Earth’s survivors, layered with a messiah prophecy that makes The Matrix look simplistic by comparison.”  ~Kirkus Reviews

Animal Farm set in a postapocalyptic world based on interspecies rivalry rather than communism, with a little religion on the side, this imaginative story can be taken as a somewhat satirical examination of the role of the individual in society. Highly recommended.” ~Library Journal

“A beast of a novel that exposes just how beastly we humans really are. Robert Repino’s Mort(e) is smart, engaging, and kick-ass.” ~Ismet Prcic, author of Shards

“That a novel about the war between ants and humans with house pets as warriors would be so stunningly believable and, above all, affecting, is a testament to what a wonderful book Robert Repino has written. Mort(e) is one of the craziest, most inventive novels I’ve read in a long time.” ~James Scott, author of The Kept

“In our age of first person diary-like-entry novels, Mort(e) is both stunningly original and wonderfully heartfelt. It’s a wild ride of a book from a skilled writer I will now be following.” ~Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes

Mort(e) is wonderful and weird, never saccharine and always startling.” ~Cat Rambo, author of Near + Far

“Combining elements of Orwellian parable and sci-fi/action thriller, Mort(e) is a tautly constructed indictment of much that is wrong with society, and a celebration of much that is right.” ~Matthew Gallaway, author of The Metropolis Case

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