The first book in the Barque Cats series, published in 2010. And I am sorry my book doesn’t have this gorgeous cover!
Pilot, engineer, doctor – ship’s cat? Since the early days of interstellar travel, the so-called Barque Cats have become essential to the well-staffed space vessel. Assisted by humans – Cat Persons – with whom they share a deep and loving bond, the Barque Cats are responsible for keeping spacecraft free of vermin, for alerting crews to environmental hazards, and for acting as morale officers.
But a widespread epidemic affecting livestock on numerous planets throws the felines’ future into doubt. Suddenly the galactic government announces a plan to impound and possibly destroy all exposed animals, including the Barque Cats. With the clock racing against them, a handful of very special kittens and their humans join forces to save the Barque Cats, and quite possibly the universe as they know it, from total destruction.
I had expected more from this book, it could not hold my attention for very long. It is a fun story though, written from both human and feline viewpoint. And I will probably read the next ones, but not right away.
I loved the Barque Cats from previous books by Anne McCaffrey and was curious what she had devised this time.