“Apocalypse to Go” by Katharine Kerr continues the ‘Nola O’Grady Novels’ series featuring the quirky woman who is part of a family of world-walkers (even though she doesn’t have that particular talent). Nola and her brothers Michael and Sean are reluctantly anxious to get their father back from his exile but there are plenty of ramifications that may help or hinder their efforts. Nola’s lover Ari is being recruited for a group called TWIXT (Trans World Interpol X Team) by Austin Osman Spare Fourteen (Spare 14) but Nola is not quite sure how that will impact their relationship given her own employment with the secretive organization tasked with preventing Chaos’ destruction of civilization on this world. A frantic race to rescue her brothers from their imprisonment on an alternate world is complicated by mysterious interactions with leopard-people who have their own agenda as well as access to tools that facilitate their trips to Interworld and other locations. Allies are needed in order to overcome the many obstacles encountered...not least of which are the limited numbers of world walkers, the difficulty scanning for her brothers, the rules circumscribing the actions of the agents trying to rescue them, the mysterious messages Nola receives from various divine beings, and the complications caused by doppelgangers on the various worlds--including Nola’s own mirror image.
An inventive but bewilderingly busy tale of parallel worlds, fantastical mental powers, clones, secret agents, aliens, forgotten languages, and acronyms. Nola and Ari have a relatively unconventional relationship which will become even more strained if Nola’s rigidly conventional father has anything to say about it, not to mention how he is going to react to his radical sons. A familiarity with the previous books in the series might help disentangle some of the complexity presented but then again, it might not. A brief description of the acronyms is available at the end of the tale.
Nola O'Grady has enough trouble when a were-leopard accuses her of receiving stolen property. But when her younger brother Michael goes searching for their missing father, he lands himself and his brother, Sean, in a world of hurt-quite literally-in a deviant world version of San Francisco.
Can Nola and her partner in the Apocalypse Squad, Israeli Interpol agent Ari Nathan, find her brothers in time to save them from death by radiation poisoning? 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.