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Upon completion of her doctorate, Leila (the novel’s principle protagonist) discovers a premonitory Abstract which bears a curious synergy with her own work. It lends weight to her suspicions that modern tinkering with the genetic pool, together withMoreUpon completion of her doctorate, Leila (the novel’s principle protagonist) discovers a premonitory Abstract which bears a curious synergy with her own work. It lends weight to her suspicions that modern tinkering with the genetic pool, together with oestrogen overloading, is pointing toward a bio-physical timebomb with potentially devastating result. She spots an aberrant pattern in animal behaviour. Animals are acting strangely - collectively. Resonating with one another. It’s not localised. What appears like co-incidence is looking suspiciously like orchestration.She is delivered of shocking evidence, revealing a Mephistophelean union between science and commerce where ethics have been hurled to the wind. Animals have been minaturised: arachnids giantised, the two put head-to-head in macabre combat: it’s the stuff of nightmares, the Coliseum all over again, this time with the added dimension of genetic sorcery. It’s having another wider, more disturbing effect. Reports of animal break-outs from zoos and farms fill newspapers. Animals across the world appear to be responding to some unknown trigger. Rhinos escape from a private zoo in France. Hives of bees become lethally aggressive. Pets turn on owners. Wild animals stalk the streets. A truckload of slaughter horses burst out of a livestock facility in northern Italy. Leila finds a lover in Alfio, the vet in charge. In an ironic twist of fate she becomes responsible for his death. Myth and reality clash. Her beliefs are shattered. From England to Poland, to Italy, to the streets of New York, she follows a quickening spiral of events where animal behaviour is telling her – and everybody else - something. They’re breaking free or someone, something is setting them free. How? Why? What’s going on? This stuff hits the edge. Blame the terrorists. Blame the fanatics. Blame the scientists. Blame someone.Lurid genetic experimentation exhibits its offspring: a terrifying creature. Is this thing real? Mutant? What on earth is it? Where did it come from? Has it always been here? Nature reveals her raw power. Her Dominion. Leila discovers hers. The irresoluble is resolved by the animals themselves, who, in glorious exposition, reveal their arcane allegiance to an astonished world.