October 2015 Indie Next List
“Bats of the Republic is a book connoisseur's dream. It is a propulsive novel -- often a novel within a novel -- that shatters the restraints of genre with brilliance matched only by its complexity and originality. Dodson weaves a story from a past filled with hope and regret with a future rife with promise and dire consequences to keep the reader engaged throughout. Complete with maps and ephemera that make this a singular reading experience, Bats of the Republic is gorgeous, unputdownable, and above all in this day and age, necessary.”
— Javier Ramirez, The Book Table, Oak Park, IL
"Archetypes of the cowboy story, tropes drawn from sci-fi, love letters, diaries, confessions all abound in this relentlessly engaging tale. Dodson has quite brilliantly exposed the gears and cogs whirring in the novelist's imagination. It is a mad and beautiful thing.
--Keith Donohue, TheWashington Post
Winner of Best of Region for the Southwest in PRINT's 2016 Regional Design Awards
Bats of the Republicis anilluminatednovel of adventure, featuringhand-drawn maps and natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, and even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel an intrigue wrapped in innovative design.
In 1843, fragile naturalistZadock Thomas must leave his beloved in Chicago to deliver a secret letterto an infamous general on the front lines of the war over Texas. The fate of the volatile republic, along with Zadock's future, depends on his mission.When a cloud of bats leads him off the trail, he happens upon something impossible...
Three hundred years later, the world has collapsed and theremnants of humanity cling to a strange society of paranoia.Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator.When that letter goes missing, Zekeengages a fomenting rebellion that could free him if it doesn t destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
As their stories overlap and history itself begins to unravel, a war in time erupts between a lost civilization, a forgotten future, and the chaos of the wild. Bats of the Republicis a masterful novel of adventure and science fiction, of elliptical history and dystopian struggle, and, at its riveting core, of love.
About the Author
ZACHARY THOMAS DODSON co-founded featherproof books in 2005 in Chicago. He lives with his wife in Helsinki, Finland.