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Bats of the Republic

(2015)
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"Archetypes of the cowboy story, tropes drawn from sci-fi, love letters, diaries, confessions all abound in this relentlessly engaging tale. Dodson has quite brilliantly exposed the gears and cogs whirring in the novelist's imagination. It is a mad and beautiful thing."
--Keith Donohue, TheWashington Post

Winner of Best of Region for the Southwest in PRINT's 2016 Regional Design Awards

Bats of the Republic is an illuminated novel of adventure, featuring hand-drawn maps and natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, and even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel - an intrigue wrapped in innovative design.

In 1843, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas must leave his beloved in Chicago to deliver a secret letter to an infamous general on the front lines of the war over Texas. The fate of the volatile republic, along with Zadock's future, depends on his mission. When a cloud of bats leads him off the trail, he happens upon something impossible...
Three hundred years later, the world has collapsed and the remnants of humanity cling to a strange society of paranoia. Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator. When that letter goes missing, Zeke engages a fomenting rebellion that could free him - if it doesn't destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
As their stories overlap and history itself begins to unravel, a war in time erupts between a lost civilization, a forgotten future, and the chaos of the wild. Bats of the Republic is a masterful novel of adventure and science fiction, of elliptical history and dystopian struggle, and, at its riveting core, of love.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel
Author(s): Zachary Thomas Dodson
ISBN: 0-385-53983-5 / 978-0-385-53983-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel
Author(s): Zachary Thomas Dodson
Publisher: Doubleday
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