In the Beginning Was the Word. And the Word was . AARDVARK is a novel about a Cambridge University-based rock band, ANDY CHRIST and THE AARDVARKS, who wage war against themselves and society, and collectively self-destruct in the lead-up to 9/11. The band consist of a self-loathing punk, a crash-and-burn, amphetamine-laden Irish Republican, a cocaine-snorting aristocrat, his gang-banging dealer, and the geek on lead guitar - the only one who can actually play anything. What they lack in talent, they more than make up for in attitude and lustful self-glorification, in a wild and reckless ride veering between death and glory.