Sly Mongoose (Paperback)
Tor Books, 9780765376305, 320pp.
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Sly Mongoose: a thrilling science fiction tale by the New York Times bestselling author—now featuring brand-new cover art.
Tobias S. Buckell is well known as the New York Times bestselling author of Halo: The Cole Protocol. Tor is proud to reintroduce his early science fiction novels to his many fans in handsome trade paperback editions featuring stunning new cover art.
Welcome to Chilo, a planet blasted by corrosive rain, crushing pressure, and deadly heat. A planet where people live in floating cities high above the inferno. A select group of young men, including fourteen-year-old Timas, risk death to obtain the raw materials necessary for survival by travelling down through the acid clouds to mine the planet's surface.
Timas's life is turned upside down when a man named Pepper crash-lands on the city. Pepper is fleeing a bizarre alien intelligence, and he bears ominous news that a full-scale invasion cannot be far behind.
As Timas and Pepper try to convince the reluctant city government to prepare for war, floating cities all across Chilo fall silent one by one. Time is running out for Timas and Pepper to discover how to defeat an enemy that turns Chilo's own citizens into monsters, and to discover the secret hidden beneath Chilo's deadly clouds—a secret that could save the planet and may prevent interplanetary war.
About the Author
Praise For Sly Mongoose…
“Sly Mongoose combines weird and wonderful tech and human cultures of fantastic diversity with some of the coolest planet-building this side of Hal Clement.” —Elizabeth Bear, award-winning author
“Buckell delivers double helpings of action and violence in a plot-driven story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.” —Publishers Weekly
“Tobias Buckell is stretching the horizons of science fiction and giving readers a hell of a lot of swashbuckling fun in the bargain.” —John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author
“Buckell's world building, full of strong Aztec and Caribbean elements, is spectacular; the story, finely tuned and engrossing.” —Booklist
“Zombies. Interplanetary battles. Alien races. A hero that can destroy a city in a single bounce. What's not to love?” —RT Book Reviews