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Review - ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 25, 2015

ePistols at Dawn

Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud. More...

Review - Fire and Water by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 03, 2015

Fire and Water

Volume 1 of Carlisle Cops

As a policeman, Red commands attention whenever he comes on a scene. It isn't just his imposing bulk that people can't help but notice, Red bears the scars of a car accident that took his parents' lives when he was a teenager. So when he shows up at the scene of a near drowning, the offhand remark from cute lifeguard Terry is nothing he hasn't heard before.

Terry has always used his looks to get what he wants. Only that hasn't worked out too well for him lately. He left his last boyfriend James because the control freak was attempting to cut him off from all the people and activities that made him happy. It's all made him re-evaluate what he thinks is really important. When Terry and Red cross paths again, it soon becomes apparent that James is more than a vindictive ex. More...

Review - Deep Sky

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 26, 2014

Deep Sky

Volume 2 of Hellgate

This second book in the “Hellgate” series picks up right where the first book, The Rabelais Alliance, left off. Neil Travers and Curtis Marin are again center stage as they try to head off smugglers supplying arms to the colonies rebelling against Earth's domination, while at the same time trying to find a peaceful solution to get those worlds out from under the central government's thumb. As if that's not enough, there's still the threat from an unknown race that randomly strikes out from the other side of Hellgate, wiping out whole worlds. More...

Review - First You Fall

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 19, 2014

First You Fall (Kevin Conner Mysteries #1)

Kevin Conner is a high priced call boy who enjoys his work. The petite blond twink has a steady base of undemanding clients, and a drag queen pimp who carefully screens new customers. Kevin's ‘job’ is ostensibly in aid of furthering his education in psychology, but with his attention deficit disorder it's easy for Kevin to stay in the moment.

Everything changes when Kevin's friend and mentor falls to his death. The police, including Kevin's old flame Tony, think it's a suicide but our young hero doesn't believe it. With the help of friends and clients he sets about trying to find out what really happened, while trying to sort out his parent's marriage and what he feels for Tony. More...

Review - The Silvers

Posted in Book Reviews on May 27, 2014

The Silvers

‘B’ is the captain of the first human mission to the Silver planet, in search of water for an earth that is running dry. The Silvers themselves are a bit of a surprise, as the unmanned explorers that were sent to the planet didn't record them. Although humanoid, the Silvers don't seem to feel greed, anger, lust, or any other ‘human’ emotions. This allows B and his crew, as well as their commanders back on earth, to view the Silvers as less-than-human, and thus perform downright criminal experiments on them. Of course, some of the crew enjoy inflicting pain more than others. More...

Review - The Opera House

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 15, 2014

The Opera House

When cancer takes away his young son Jason, it all but destroys Raphael, sending him into a deep depression. He drives away his partner, Warren, who helped raise Jason and ultimately he loses his home and business. He ends up living on the streets, in a sort of limbo of grief, where he splits his time between a homeless shelter and his son's grave.

After nearly a year of this non-existence, Raphael meets Brian, a young boy around Jason's age who was thrown out of his home when he came out as gay. Brian has lived on the streets longer than Raphael, and learned how to make money by selling his body. The boy sparks Raphael's paternal interest, and when he bumps into Warren at Jason's grave, it seems that he might well be turning the corner of his depression. More...

Review - The Weekend

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 09, 2014

The Weekend

A year after his lover Tony passed away, Lyle returns to the country house where he died, with a new boyfriend, Robert, in tow. The house belongs to Tony's half brother John and his rather unstable wife Marian. It's an uncomfortable weekend for everyone, especially outsider Robert.

“The Weekend” harks back to old school gay novels, where all the homos are tragic characters that can't be happy. Of course, almost none of the characters in this story are happy. This is a rather moody piece, although not so depressing you'll have trouble reading on. In fact, the writing is rather simplistic and very easy to read. More...

Review - The Rabelais Alliance

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 19, 2012

The Rabelais Alliance

Volume 1 of Hellgate

Curtis Marin is a hit man, although he would object strongly to that term. He would probably prefer something more along the lines of 'avenging angel'. In the almost lawless fringes of the human colonies among the stars, where money and power lets you get away with murder (in other words, not much changes in 700 years), Marin works for a secret organization that, for a price, allows bereaved families to get justice. Marin does a lot of research, including hacking into computer systems, to ensure that the selected victim is guilty of their crime before he carries out a commission. He's judge, jury and executioner.

We first meet Marin while he's on assignment, taking out a particularly nasty gun-runner who murdered a dozen people just because they discovered what he was doing, or might have seen something they shouldn't have. By the time Marin pulls the trigger, the reader is convinced the man is getting exactly what's coming to him. More...

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