Homunculus

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 18, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In a remote Catholic mission station in war-torn Sierra-Leone, renegade Irish alchemist, Father Jack, has succeeded where so many before him have failed. With a donation of the necessary body parts from Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel, General Butt Naked, he has constructed a small legion of grotesque bio-robots.

Anxious to be rid of his creations before problems arise, he tries to sell his Homunculi to the Japanese doomsday cult, Aum Shinrikyo. When this fails, Rindert, a disillusioned South African mercenary, takes over marketing.

The volatile political situation erupts as peace talks between political factions disintegrate and the RUF attempts to seize the capital while it is under environmental attack, suffering the most violent storms in the country’s history.

Against this turbulent background, a homunculus auction is arranged. With the capital, Freetown, in anarchy, Liberian radicals poised to invade and drug-crazed soldiers terrorising the countryside, a particularly unsavoury group of buyers is invited, with inevitably exciting results.

 

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User Review  - ragwaine - LibraryThing

This was definitley not like anything else I've read but was very enjoyable. I've got it tagged as absurd but I think that most of it, other than the actual Hommunculi, is kind of real life "stranger ... Read full review

Contents

Small Beginnings
Welcome to Britain
What Happened at Lalapanzi
Father Jack
The Homunculus
More Bad News
RUF Stuff
Peace Talks
Dreaming Safaris
Dalziel
Just the Satphone
Tea Time
Chaos Coming
Schindlers List
Politics in the Museum
Dr Pleasant Goes North

Mission Abnormal
Field Test II
Bar Talk
Strange Developments
The Buyers
A Week Later
Chatting to Clam
Collision Course
Moonshine
Brave as a Lion
Aftermath
Monsters Again
Screwing Up
Postponed
Back at the Bristol
Captain Rat RUF
Night Among the Ruins
Come the Day
Convoy
Carnage
Waiting Fighting Arrival
Dreaming Safaris II
MoonDip
Meltdown
Mungo
Customer Relations
Unpleasant
Wrapping Up
Sayonara
Good Bye
Parting Ways
Final Words
Acknowledgements
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Hugh Paxton, 41, is an award-winning newspaper journalist and columnist, currently working in Namibia. He is a contributor to many newspapers and magazines and has also written seven non-fiction books.

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