Manifest Destiny Volume 3: Chiroptera And Carniformaves (2015)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger
Some times has passed for the Lewis and Clark expedition. They come across another huge arch, this one made of dung. And this time, instead of a giant, familiar animal they come across a race of intelligent, anthropomorphic birds that reminded me of HOWARD THE DUCK. The first meeting is a violent one, because the first bird/alien feels threatened-and it generated a poison, so that the man's wounds begin to fester. This is remedied, though, because the same bird's urine heals him. Also, Sacagawea, who has done a great deal to protect the group, is clearly pregnant. There's also a weird, bat-like monster that lives in the arch that "borrows" heads from its prey, which is sort of unnerving. Humans and the bird people become allies-but it does not end well because of the parameters of the mission. This Volume really made me dislike most of the characters, which I'm sure is intended, though the book is a good read. Recommended, as are Volumes 1 and 2.