Paperback | 6.1 x 10.2, 240 pages | ISBN 9781593762452
An alien race of religious extremists plan to honor their deity through the ritualistic annihilation of our planet. The only man who knows this is Milan Marlowe, an unstoppable media baron who sees opportunity everywhere.
Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic–a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right to exist. Marlowe launches Beast Wars, a televised interspecies tournament designed to select Earth’s mightiest champion. On a decadent private island, sharks, lions, gorillas, and polar bears square off to the delight of screaming fans oblivious to the sky-high stakes.
Enter Bruno Bolo–single father, blues belter, and alligator wrestler from the swamps of Florida. Beset by personal demons, corporatized killer sharks, Yeats-quoting pit fighters, and looming alien eradicators, Bruno will emerge as our desperate planet’s final hope.
ADAM MANSBACH’s recent novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the bestselling Angry Black White Boy. The 2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, he has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Believer, Granta, and many other publications. He is the author of Go The Fuck to Sleep, and Crossing, a novel co-written with director Robert Rodriguez.