A Dancing Bear


What if getting the girl meant becoming a terrorist wet boy? On an unnamed university campus late in the 20th century, a young man named Fenton Bland joins a society of student Maoists in order to get near the girl he loves. But the girl turns out to belong to the chief Maoist -- and he turns out to harbor alarming aspirations in the field of revolutionary terror. And so Fenton, wearing a forcibly grown beard, finds himself propelled into a bizarre covert world of death lists, backyard bomb labs, untraceable handguns, and attempted wet jobs of wildly varying quality -- a world in which he must choose between losing the girl forever or else participating, perhaps very soon, in a successful terrorist atrocity. Along the way he must contend with a motley cast of characters, few of whom enjoy optimal grips on reality. There is Gus, the Maoist kingpin who in his quest to become a practising terrorist will draw the line at nothing, not even a car bombing ("I'm listening, mate -- provided you're not referring to my Kombi.") There is the fiery student radical Pamela Scratch, linked to Fenton by an infinitely regrettable sex act perpetrated in a sandpit at the age of five. And there is the incarcerated and patently guilty multiple murderer Neville Claude Aggot, whose spectacular escape augments the already long list of impending homicides that Fenton must at least try to avert as the novel hurtles, like a Kombi full of high explosive, towards its climax...


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Chapter Twenty-Two - A Dancing Bear

March 22nd, 2007

-In this episode: On the eve of Operation Aggot, Fenton tries to get a night of really top-notch sleep. But a knock on his door in the dead of night ruins… Go to Episode

Chapter Twenty-One - A Dancing Bear

March 21st, 2007

-In this episode: Gus tweaks Operation Aggot, finding scope for the simultaneous deployment of two two-man death squads. Less than twenty-four hours remain,… Go to Episode

Chapter Twenty - A Dancing Bear

March 20th, 2007

-In this episode: The fame of Ivan Lego bloats, and death threats continue to pour in. Robert Browning, turning detective, sifts through the evidence,… Go to Episode

Chapter Nineteen - A Dancing Bear

March 19th, 2007

-In this episode: The Maoists convene at Warren's bedside. The alarming extent of Warren's injuries is revealed. Gus unveils his revised death plot: the… Go to Episode