Yet I find the pics profoundly disturbing. There was a cat before me? There will be cats after me? My mind rebels against the utter absurdity of time and existence.
Today, a final selection from The Trial of Tompa Lee. Tompa’s lone Shon defender is a feeble old coot named Awmit — but she’s about to get another. Dante Roussel threw away his Space Navy career to help Tompa, and at dawn he finally catches up to her. Here’s her reaction to his ultimate sacrifice.
“This one sees . . .” Awmit began, then paused. “This one sees truthfully a human?”
Tompa glanced fifty yards downstream, toward the cave halfway up the cliff, where Awmit stood with his hands covering his eyes against the harsh morning sunlight. She turned back to watch the cop. “Yeah, he’s human, but he’s one of them. An accuser.”
“No,” Roussel said. “I’m here to help you.”
“Your kind of help I don’t need, you puking maggot!”
Effing Feline here again. Now you have a full idea of the conflict in The Trial of Tompa Lee. An angry feisty heroine, a unappreciated hero, and hordes of bloodthirsty aliens.
But … is it really possible that this whole book was written, released in hardcover, re-released in paperback and ebook … before I even existed? How could anything have existed before me? Sure, time exists independently of humans — that’s obvious — but independently of CATS?
I need someone to pet me, quick.
Trial of Tompa Lee
Tompa Lee thinks joining the Space Navy is a dream come true, but it turns into a nightmare when she’s framed for murder on an alien planet. To prove her innocence, she’ll have to trust the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice—and defeat 300 aliens who want to slaughter her.
Edward Hoornaert’s science fiction saga begins The Trilogy of Tompa Lee, though each book in the series stands alone. If you enjoy seeing lowly underdogs overcoming awe-inspiring odds, you’ll love The Trial of Tompa Lee.