MORDECAI CROW: QUID PRO CROW
BOOK 2 IN THE MORDECAI CROW TRILOGY
In a future where the secrets of the past have been lost, and knowledge is forbidden, technology-hating Luddites have triumphed over a world of scarce resources and devastating, unpredictable weather. Across the ruined landscape of this destroyed civilization, small pockets of Gnostic resistance have preserved the knowledge housed in the scattered remains of pre-Cloud ‘tek’ in refuges called Firewalls.
Mordecai Crow is a drifter, stuck between two worlds and belonging to neither. Born a Gnostic, survivors of a global meltdown that strive to regain lost knowledge, he was raised by Luddites, a war-like faction of fanatical anti-tech fundamentalists with an evangelical agenda. His search for the answers to his past led him on a perilous quest through a dangerously divided land.
In Quid Pro Crow, Mordecai Crow continues to search for his long-lost family. With his young friend Podd, Crow follows the trail deep into dangerous Luddite territory. There, new allies offer hope for Crow’s quest, but that hope is accompanied by grave risks. Not only are their lives in constant danger from Luddite attacks and the deadly dystopian landscape they must traverse, but their friendship will be strained to its breaking point.
Will Crow and Podd be able to unlock the mysteries hidden in newly discovered old tech? What secrets lurk within the fabled Tesla Firewall? Does Flood Town harbour the answer to Mordecai Crow’s quest or a deadly trap? Who can they really trust amongst their new friends and allies?
Reviews for Secrets of Jarrow:
‘Brimming with fast paced action and plenty of suspense, Secrets of Jarrow is a nice addition to the post-apocalyptic graphic novel genre. Slavin has taken very real-world issues and shows us what can happen if we do not change our ways.
But, as Slavin himself notes in the foreword, this book is not about climate change; “it is simply a story of one young man’s quest, set in the landscape of a collapsing world.” Although the storyline follows the typical hero’s journey, young adult readers will be captivated by Slavin’s dark and moody illustrations. His colour palette of grey, brown, and indigo adds a very eerie quality to the graphic novel which heightens the reader’s suspense.
Secrets of Jarrow is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I, for one, cannot wait for book two.’
‘Suspense, surprise and a stunning visual experience abound in this post-apocalyptic mystery story as humanity strives to rediscover lost history from before the ‘Fall’. A hugely impressive work of art from a virtuoso graphic novelist.’
– Stephen Biesty, author of the Incredible Cross-Sections series
‘The post-apocalyptic whodunnit I didn’t know I needed. High-speed storytelling in a well-crafted book.’
– Mike Donachie, Toronto Star
Cli-fi mystery questions our digital dependence, and survival amid decay.Slavin says part of the inspiration for a post-digital world came from a real-life power outage he experienced. Though he saw people pulling together, he says, “I honestly think we would go tribal pretty fast, but I also think like-minded people would find ways to survive and continue in small groups, like the cloistered inhabitants of Jarrow.”
– David Jón Fuller , Prairie Books Now
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Award winning illustrator Bill Slavin was born in Belleville, Ontario. He studied Cartooning and Graphic Story Illustration at Sheridan College. His illustration work includes Paulette Bourgeois’ book, Too Many Chickens! as well as a number of other children’s books. With his wife, Esperança Melo, he was a member of the Millbrook Gallery, a gallery collective of nineteen local artists in Millbrook, ON. Recently, he has returned to his childhood love of comics and graphic novels, writing and illustrating the graphic novel trilogy for kids, Elephants Never Forget, as well as the Mordecai Crow trilogy. Mordecai Crow is his first book with Renegade Arts Entertainment.