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The Builders
by Daniel Polansky


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A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.

PRAISE FOR "THE BUILDERS"

"A living, breathing world of vivid, winsome characters hellbent on their blaze of glory and as unforgiving as a runaway train carrying all your friends over a cliff. I haven't cared about animals this much since Watership Down." Delilah S. Dawson, author of "Hit" and "Wicked as They Come"

"Nobody does dark like Polansky. "The Builders" is "Redwall" meets "Unforgiven," combining the endearing wit of Disney's Robin Hood with all the grit and violence of a spaghetti western." Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series

"If Sam Peckinpah and Brian Jacques had a strange peyote ritual and shared a collective dream, it might look something liek this. Brutish, nasty, short much like life Polansky's "The Builders" is also funny, exciting, and extremely original. "The Wild Bunch" meets "Watership Down."" John Hornor Jacobs, author of "The Incorruptibles""

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765385307
  • ISBN-10: 0765385309
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 222
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.52 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

The fur and feathers fly fast and furiously in this blood-soaked anthropomorphic fantasy inspired by spaghetti Westerns and thrillers. Once upon a time, a mission in the city called the Capital went horribly awry, thanks to turncoats and infighting. Now the mouse known only as the Captain is determined to finish the job. To that end, he reunites the surviving members of his group, including opossum sniper Boudica, stoat assassin Bonsoir, and sinister salamander Cinnabar. The Captain and his motley band go up against old enemies and former allies in their quest for justice and revenge, but what starts off as a cunning plan ultimately turns into a suicidal hailstorm of bullets, bombs, and bodies. Polansky (She Who Waits) employs a style thats knowing and sly, a little tongue-in-cheek but deadly serious; its as though Brian Jacques and Quentin Tarantino went drinking one night. Short chapters and a nonlinear narrative turn this novella into a quick read, with some surprises and twists revealed so matter-of-factly that theyre easily overlooked. The combination of animal traits and human motivations generates a violently compelling story thats strong enough to overcome any questions of logistics and worldbuilding. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders and Associates. (Nov.)

 
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