Al Horowitz, ageing cartoonist and self-styled ninja, is catapulted from peaceful dotage to national notoriety when a dissident’s assassin disguises himself as a benign Horowitz vegetable character. Reviled in the press and hunted as a murderous agent of North Korean dictator Boh Gi Mon, Horowitz is soon on the run with his nephew ‘The Kid’, a reclusive arch-nerd geneticist, battling a plot to cretinise the populace through customised junk food additives and media programming. As the zombified masses rise in effigy-burning rage against Horowitz and his supposed fifth-columnist cadre, young lab colleague ‘Technicia’ joins the fight to save intelligent life in the UK while also juggling two male egos and her own secret of the heart.
Brendan Ball spent his formative years as a Prisoner of Conscience in a series of variably educational institutions before leaving a famous seat of learning (for preservation of sanity) to become a Failed Seditionist and Unemployed Poet.
He went into financial exile 15 years ago teaching the English language for coins and scraps of bread, but is now a recognised Warlord of Pedagogy in the Moscow area.
His first novel, ‘Thieves in the Night’, was published in 2014, and a themed triptych of short stories, ‘Savages’, in 2015. A new novel, ‘The Cretin Gene’, a satire on nationalism, is available from 23rd June 2018.