I know it isn't possible to crossbreed cats and humans, but Vardeman makes it seem possible. This story has more twists and turns than a mountain road. The characters are very well fleshed out. The plotline is believable. The descriptions of the places in the story are described in an outstanding manner and I really loved the characters, even the villains. If you don't like this book you really do not like sience fiction/fantasy. A great read.
It is science fiction because it takes place on another planet and involves the trip there in a spaceship but the basic story is a shoot-em-up in a desert. There is a sentient species and a city of jewels but it still felt like a cowboy yarn to me.