Apocalypse to Go

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The Apocalypse Squad is on the move!

Secret Agent Nola O'Grady has enough trouble on her hands when a were-leopard accuses her of receiving stolen property, but things get worse fast. A mysterious trans-world law enforcement group wants to recruit her partner and bodyguard, Israeli Interpol officer Ari Nathan. His new loyalties might jeopardize their relationship.

Then her younger brother Michael goes searching for their missing father and ...

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Overview


The Apocalypse Squad is on the move!

Secret Agent Nola O'Grady has enough trouble on her hands when a were-leopard accuses her of receiving stolen property, but things get worse fast. A mysterious trans-world law enforcement group wants to recruit her partner and bodyguard, Israeli Interpol officer Ari Nathan. His new loyalties might jeopardize their relationship.

Then her younger brother Michael goes searching for their missing father and lands himself and their brother, Sean, in a world of trouble--quite literally, in a dangerous deviant-world version of San Francisco.

Can Nola and Ari find them in time to save them from their kidnappers before they're murdered? The search will lead them through a city of secrets, but the worst secret of all lurks at the heart of the only thing Nola loves more than Ari: her family.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cheryl Clark
Secret agent Nola O'Grady and her Interpol officer boyfriend, Ari, join forces with an interdimensional policing agency to rescue her brothers, who are being held captive by a dangerous gang in a parallel universe. From the plot to the characters, Kerr seems to make every effort to create an unappealing novel. Even with her psychic abilities, Nola, the main character, is uninteresting and forgettable, more a placeholder than a person. Her boyfriend is moody and generally unlikeable, and Nola uses kinky sex to manipulate him. Instead of being titillating, however, this ploy by the author is a little repugnant but mostly trite. The plot is also problematic. At first the story seems to revolve around the search for Nola's imprisoned father, but this storyline is eventually subsumed by the kidnapping of her brothers. Then, the initial plot is resurrected with the anticlimactic release of her father from prison in order to help rescue her brothers for some odd reason. The rest of the book suffers from an overabundance of ideas that are not fully explored and never really come together: bloodthirsty aliens, a foreboding planet, a bevy of government agencies complete with nonsensical acronyms, family tension, and an eating disorder, to name a few. These elements become noise in an unsuccessful novel that the reader has trouble following or, frankly, even caring about. Do not add this book to your shelves unless you have patrons who are fans of the series. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Library Journal
As the head of San Francisco's special agency the Apocalypse Squad, Nola O'Grady investigates supernatural occurrences in the city. Her third outing involves a were-leopard, a false accusation, missing family members, and the threat of a split between her and her partner. Kerr is also the author of the "Deverry" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407094
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 776,524
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Katharine Kerr first became involved in the field of fantasy through role-playing games, becoming so intrigued that she began writing articles for gaming magazines, and for some time was a contributing editor to Dragon magazine. This interest soon led her into the field of fantasy writing, with her first Deverry novel, Daggerspell, appearing in 1986. Since then, she has written fourteen more Deverry novels, of which The Silver Mage is the latest, as well as other fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Deverry novels have hit the London Times and the Australian bestseller lists.
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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    The Nola O'Grady series keeps getting better!

    I'm an unabashed fan of Katharine Kerr's "Nola O'Grady" series. The third, Apocalypse To Go, lives up to its predecessors in inventiveness, drama, romance, and whimsy. In this urban fantasy, the heroine works for a supernatural Agency "so secret, the CIA doesn't know it exists". This takes place in an alternate San Francisco, one in which magic and the clandestine agencies necessary to regulate it are real. This world is not the only one; there are alternate, weirdly dystopic worlds (and a gateway in the attic of Nola's aunt's house). Not only do the Agency and its people hide in plain sight, Nola's family, Irish illegal immigrants with past ties to the IRA, live with secrets, low on the radar. In this newest novel, we not only explore the radioactive San Francisco from previous episodes, but we encounter yet another world, one in which the dominant intelligent race is feline in origin, leopard to be precise. Apocalypse To Go definitely builds on the previous two books, but Kerr offers enough toe-holds so that it can serve as an entry point. Readers should be warned, however, that the series is addictive.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Fans of the series will not be disappointed

    Hm, seems like someone at VOYA has an axe to grind (or perhaps has not read the first two books in the series)... If you are reading this for a serious foray into paranormal mystery, then you are in the wrong section. If you want a fast-paced, interesting and often funny read that doesn't take itself too seriously, then this is the book for you.

    Nola O'Grady gets deeper into the deviant world levels in the third installment of this exciting series. Greeted by a projection of a leopard-woman one morning, followed by a vision of the destruction of the level known as Interchange, Nola grabs her partner (in every sense of the word) and heads off on an exciting and fast-paced mission. Her goal at first is to find out who this "ASO Fourteen" who has been contacting Ari is. But it leads her somewhere I don't think she ever anticipated.

    Family secrets come to the surface as Nola finds out who her father really is, and where he has been for so long. The climax of the book comes upon the reader with anticipation and a big bang. And Nola makes a huge change for the better - but you'll have to read to find that one out.

    This is a fantastic addition to the series and sets up a great continuation into the next book, not yet published. Check it out - you will enjoy this, and you'll be surprised at how the action carries you through. I finished in about two days, and enjoyed every minute!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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