By Alan Dean Foster

Ever considering the fact that his vintage debut, The Tar-Aiym Krang, the 1st of the wildly profitable Pip and Flinx adventures, New York Times bestselling writer Alan Dean Foster has captivated readers all over the world. Now this author of daring mind's eye and lovely originality has created an electrifying area epic set in a universe without delay unusually customary and starkly terrifying. frequent as the universe is ours; terrifying as the human may well quickly be. . . .

Not goodbye in the past Marcus Walker was once simply one other younger commodities dealer in Chicago, operating tough and enjoying tougher. yet that’s all some time past, a part of a existence part forgotten—a truth that vanished while he used to be attacked whereas tenting and tossed aboard a starship sure for deep space.

Desperately, Walker searches for factors, basically to achieve he’s trapped in a frightening nightmare that's all too genuine. rather than being a wealthy hotshot on the best of the meals chain, Walker discovers he’s simply one other fun novelty, a part of a shipment of “cute” extraterrestrial beings from primitive planets—destined to be offered as pets to hugely complex populations in “civilized” areas of the galaxy.

Even if he weren’t continually watched by way of his captors, Walker has few strategies. in spite of everything, there isn't any get away from a rushing starship. one other guy may perhaps renounce himself to the inevitable and desire to be bought to a kindly proprietor, yet no longer Walker. This former university soccer big name has lots of American ingenuity and no goal of admitting defeat, now or ever. in truth, he’s merely simply began to fight.

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