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Somebody has stolen the most beautiful cat in history!

It’s 2050, and the Cerulean cat, with its mesmerizing iridescent blue fur, is the ultimate genomic engineering triumph of the high-flying company, Animata.

Animata reaps massive profits creating and selling a marvelous menagerie of animals—including exotic crosses like cogs, dats, snurtles, alliphants, hamakeets, an
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Paperback, 285 pages
Published February 2nd 2015 by Glyphus LLC (first published January 30th 2015)
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Joy Smith
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cerulean is a genetically engineered cat; it's beautiful and everyone wants it, but the Why is more complicated than its obvious value. It's stolen from a cat show, and our hero, Timothy Boatright, a cabbie and would-be writer who loves Hemingway, picks up the thief with the cat and catches a glimpse of its shimmering blue tail. This meeting gets the cops on his tail, and his involvement becomes even more complicated. A mother and her beautiful, mysterious daughter (the mother's mysterious a ...more
Merrill Chapman
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

Puss n' Plot: My Review of The Cerulean's Secrets by Dennis Meredith

OK, first things first. I have found rather late in life that I am a cat person. I've always liked cats, but didn't have strong feelings about the species until my daughter "gifted" me Hunter, a black cat who was being kept in a foster home until my daughter adopted him to be her college companion. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but somewhere along the way, Hunter came to visit my house and ended up staying. ...more
Linnae
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I nearly stopped reading more than once, then picked it back up again. Maybe it was that cover!

Set in a not-so-distant future where a couple of big companies have made big money from genetically engineering mutant animals. The most common, of course, being the cogs and dats, but other stuff too, even unicorns and dragons. They make most of their money off of wealthy patrons eager for an exotic showpiece pet, private collectors, and those with commercial interests in the animals.

The
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Linda Diaz
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
It is 2050, and Timothy Boatright finds himself driving a cab in New York City. Originally from a small town in North Carolina, Tim moved to NYC after graduating from college. He hopes to become a writer like Ernest Hemingway whom he greatly admires. Tim finds himself in some real-life drama and action that would have made Ernest Hemingway smile.

All sorts of animals are being genetically-engineered and auctioned off for thousands or millions of dollars. Scientists have cross-breed an
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Joan
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In 2050, would-be writer Timothy Boatright is driving a cab in New York City. In this future-time tale, scientists have genetically engineered a variety of animals, including the stunning Cerulean cat. When naïve Tim unwittingly gives the cat-napper a ride in his cab, he sees the tip of the Cerulean’s tail.

Suddenly, he finds himself under arrest for the cat-napping the Cerulean, Tim tries to prove his innocence by tracking down the cat and stealing him from the cat-napper. But the situation det
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Katie
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
In The Cerulean’s Secret, Tim finds himself on the run after a series of odd events. The story is set in the near future, when companies have been able to perfect genomic engineering and now altered species are big business. People are spending big money on animals like cogs (cat dogs) and snakes with feathers. But one engineered cat is making his debut at a premier cat show in New York, and suddenly goes missing. Tim, who had the misfortune of giving a cab ride to the man who had made off with ...more
Penny Rosier
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Raymond Chandler meets Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny in this futuristic gumshoe tale of a man and his cat. While getting off to a slow and Hemingway-esque start, Mr Meredith quickly gets us involved in the story and the characters making them real and flawed and all the more likable. Add to all this all the twists and turns of a good mystery and you have a good read on your hands. It doesn't hurt that you have as a character a cat who is the holy grail and the Maltese falcon all rolled into ...more
Harry Campbell
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original, in that it involves a genetically enhanced blue-furred cat; fun, in that it's a nice, lighter-weight action/suspense novel; interesting, in that the tone/writing style reminded me of Rudy Rucker Ware tetratology (not sure if the wording, sentence structure/writing style, or what specifically is why it seemed similar).

This is my fourth novel read from this author, I truly appreciate the attention to detail, that the writing is polished and accessible to a broad audience, the
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N.M.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Cerulean’s Secret follows the story of Tim and his accidental involvement in the theft of a genetically engineered cat. Worth more money than he’ll see in his entire lifetime, Tim has to help solve the mystery of the iridescent feline and who stole it. But along the way he discovers much more than the thieves' identity, but the Cerulean’s secret.

I’ll admit that I was initially drawn to the book beca
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Richard
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. The plot was good, the characters were well drawn, and the action kept the story going right along.

I would read another book by Dennis Meridith.
Dennis Yoder
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Take a cabbie, one that is struggling, and set him up with a stolen valuable cat, that is blue yet, make the year 2050, and you have a great mystery of the future. Some of the words used could be ones we might think of 25 or 30 years from no3 and some of the technology in homes gives us a look into the future that is fascinating and thought provoking.

The author had the 'guts' of that cabbie, Timothy Boatright, and the wits and daring of the Cerulean Cat in my mind, in creating a nove
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Julie
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All cat lovers and mystery readers
Recommended to Julie by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I loved the book and would give it more than five stars if I could. It's an adventurous story of a young man named Timothy Boatright, a soon to be writer who goes all out to find the beautiful, blue cat with an incredible secret. The author did an excellent job on writing this mystery and you will not be disappointed on the ending. Find out for yourself where that darn cat is. I am very pleased to say I am lucky to have won the book on a Goodreads giveaway.
Ruth Caves
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a cat?

Who would have guessed that driving a taxi would be the start of such a mind blowing adventure. Fast paced futuristic world where nothing and no one is what it appears - will keep you turning the pages of this story to its amazing ending.
Amy
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. Set in the near future, this is part adventure and part love story. The hero is a great character who grows with the story. I want to know what comes next for him.

I received this book as part of a Good reads giveaway but the opinions expressed are solely my own.
FrankenStitches
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read, read-2015, win
Exciting, riveting, and heartfelt. It kept me wanting more from start to finish.
Scott E Conrad
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about a guy who gets blamed for a bio-engineered cat going missing. Interesting take on the future and a definite thriller. I hope for a movie.
Bekki Bedow
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent. Very well done. Would definitely read more from this Author. Old school Science Fiction. A++
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Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country's leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation's major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and m ...more