By Zachary Thomas Dodson

"A novel with a steampunk aesthetic and a Philip ok. Dick center" -- A.V. Club

Bats of the Republic is an illuminated novel of event, featuring hand-drawn maps and typical historical past illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, or even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel—an intrigue wrapped in cutting edge design.

     In 1843, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas needs to go away his loved in Chicago to carry a mystery letter to an notorious normal at the entrance strains of the conflict over Texas. The destiny of the unstable republic, in addition to Zadock’s destiny, is determined by his mission. When a cloud of bats leads him off the path, he occurs upon anything impossible...
     Three hundred years later, the area has collapsed and the remnants of humanity hold to an odd society of paranoia. Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator. When that letter is going lacking, Zeke engages a fomenting uprising that may loose him—if it doesn’t ruin his dating, his kinfolk legacy, and the full republic first.
     As their tales overlap and historical past itself starts to solve, a warfare in time erupts among a misplaced civilization, a forgotten destiny, and the chaos of the wild. Bats of the Republic is a masterful novel of experience and technological know-how fiction, of elliptical historical past and dystopian fight, and, at its riveting center, of affection.

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