Ratmen by Steve Ely is about a pest controller and his apprentice as they travel to various locations eliminating rats - not just as a job; but more as a call of duty in the “Ceaseless war between man and rat.” Rats - who colonise, destroy and have a will to survive at all costs - are man’s nemesis and his mirror and the novel’s exploration of war, social isolation, extremism and racism will leave you with a rather unclean feeling of humanity.
The book is the latest offering from independent publishers Blackheath Books. It is one of 200 copies, with the first 52 signed by the author with a tipped in photo and playing card. The cover is designed by Blackheath owner and writer Geraint Hughes.
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