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Rhats! by [Nietz, Kerry]
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Length: 101 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Beyond the boundaries of civilized space lies the region of the Muto Empire. Mutos are a mammalian race that resemble a cross between a human and a Terran rat. Though spread across thousands of worlds, mutos—or rhats, as they are sometimes called—trace their lineage to a single dark world that orbits a ruined sta—

Enough of that!

My name is Frohic, and I'm a muto. I've never seen the homeworld, and I couldn't care less about civilization, empires, or space. Especially space. All I want is to survive in a family that sometimes forgets I exist. My mother is always pregnant, my dozen siblings are swarming over available surface, and my father makes plan after plan to send us all away. Sure, our hovel is crowded, the food is sparse, but at least it's home.

Then everything goes tails up.

Next thing I know, I'm conscripted to a smuggler's ship and surrounded by enemies. I'm taken to a planet where I can barely see...to search for trinkets. Oh, and it is hot. Real hot. Plus there's strange hum at night. I'm a little worried about that hum.

Yeah, being a muto is great. Empires, blah, blah. Ruined stars. Smuggling. Money. But destiny? Ha! Just give me a meal that isn't from a machine and a friend who won't try to steal it.

Better yet, give me a ticket home.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kgruppe/Challis Tower (20 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06VYGCDJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun story. Told from an alien point of view ... 28 February 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun story. Told from an alien point of view with adventure all along the way. The story never lags. I really like the author's writing style. Kerry Nietz has a different take on science fiction and it works. His Amish sci fi is also a great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhats, Can't wait! 20 June 2017
By Jeff Hanny - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read, looking forward to the Triology.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age space adventure--for a rhat! 24 March 2017
By Paul Mastin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kerry Nietz's book Rhats! A Takamo Universe Novella is my first expedition into the Takamo Universe. For the uninitiated, Takamo Universe was a play-by-mail game that has now evolved into a web-based multi-player adventure game. I know nothing about such things. But I do know that a couple of my favorite sci-fi authors are now writing stories based in the Takamo Universe.

In Rhats!, Nietz follows the adventures of Frohic, young muto, or rhat, from a sentient species which, to another race that mutos call Uman, look much like rodents. Mutos are known for their scavenging skills; in fact, their entire economy is based on scavenging. Frohic ends up, rather against his will, on a scavenging ship run by Umans. His tale (no pun intended. . . mutos have tails of course) reminded me of some of Heinlein's young adult stories: the kid who goes into space for the first time, facing conflict, seeking out a mentor, coming of age and become a man (or a grown-up muto).

This is book 4 of the Takamo Universe. I will be interested to read some of the others to see how the mutos and their world fit in among other stories and worlds. Nietz is in his element, with the tech, the world-building, and even some hints of spiritual themes (that I hope he can expand upon in other stories). Rhats! is an enjoyable stand-alone story, but hints at many more stories to come.

Thanks to Takamo publishing for the complimentary electronic review copy!