The web of fire

Voake, S (2006) The web of fire. Faber. ISBN 9780571223497


Skipper and Sam are back, four years after they vanquished Odoursin and saved humankind from his terrifying plans. But the Aurobon they return to is vastly different from the one they left. Vahlzi has been destroyed and all that remains of Firebrand's forces are scattered groups of resistance fighters. For after his defeat, Odoursin went underground, waiting until the time was right to unleash his new army and annihilate Vahlzi for good. Filled with grief and rage, Skipper and Sam are determined to help their surviving friends fight Odoursin and build a squadron of the fiercest insects ever seen. But their mission becomes heart-stoppingly urgent when they discover that Odoursin is once again plotting to destroy humankind - this time by using the President of the United States . . .

Item Type: Book

Author's note: The work is a 76,000 word novel. It is original because it uses current research on parasites which have been shown to alter the behaviour of other animals - including humans, and uses this as an original (fictional) plot thread to suggest how this might influence world events. It is significant because it was recently included on a list published by the government to encourage teenage boys to read. It continues to encourage the reader to look at the world, and insects in particular, in new and imaginative ways. The novel was written as a result of rigorous entomological research, including contacting an eminent entomologist who had recently returned from a year's study of Japanese Hornets in the field.

Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2012 04:45
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