Rats, Bats & Vats

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9780671319403: Rats, Bats & Vats

Trapped behind enemy lines with a group of enhanced rats and bats, Chip must rescue a damsel in distress, confront the unpleasant personalities of his rodent companions, and fend off an alien attack.

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Chip Connolly was a conscripted grunt in trouble: stuck behind enemy lines with a bunch of cyber-uplifted rats and bats. Rats with human speech, but with rat priorities: sex, food and strong drink. And the bats were revolutionaries planning to throw off the human yoke -- with high explosive. Then there was the girl they'd rescued. Rich. Beautiful. With a passionate crush on her "heroic" rescuer. Her entourage was a screwball Alien tutor, and a cyber-uplifted lemurlike pet galago with delusions of being the world's greatest lover.

Of course things only got worse. Seven rats, five bats, a galago, two humans, a sea-urchin-like alien and an elderly vineyard tractor without brakes . . . against several million inimical aliens. He was going to die.

Mind you, not dying could be even more terrible. That girl might get him.

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Space opera grows fur and wings in this jape by two fairly new but accomplished writers. The planet Harmony and Reason is being invaded by the Magh, insectoid hive-dwelling aliens who believe in neither quality. The friendly Korozhet, who resemble sea urchins, have aided H&R's humans with intelligence-enhancing biological implants and force fields, but the invaders are gaining ground. Enter Chip, a vat-grown human grunt, and a motley of enhanced rats, who have been overexposed to Shakespeare, and bats, who all sound like Irish stereotypes. Chip rescues kidnapped aristocrat Virginia Shaw and her Korozhet tutor, an enhanced simian "pet" (think Zorro as a foot-high monkey), only to realize that the only way to friendly territory is through Magh-held ground. With a scrounged farm tractor and a load of fertilizer and alcohol, the company cuts a fine swathe through enemy ranks. In the end, Jack has Jill, the secret of the Korozhet is revealed, and all nonsurvivors have gone down in glory. Logical? Hardly. Politically correct? C'mon! Great fun? Ah, yes. Roland Green
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