My first book by Anne Tenino and I liked it, once I got passed the 15% mark.
This is set in a dystopian America where the states have been divided into red and blue party lines: liberal pro-gay (blue) and conservative anti-gay (red). You need to pay attention here, and stay focussed for a little while - which I’m not really good at. …Ooh look, bubbles… <-- see what I mean.
I admit having to read a few things one too many times before coming to grips with this world but I got there in the end … I think. The many, many confusing anachronisms didn’t help but again … I got there - and if I can, you can too. It’s worth it.
The adventure and delight really begins when James (ultimate psychic warrior) and Matt (queer extraction agent) re-unite and begin their dash for freedom across the red line and into the blue, while being pursued by the RIA militia (red party homophobes).
They encounter some brilliant side characters like Miz Horse (talking horse with attitude) – who snorts as much as James (ha!) and an ex special forces Nun who can say “Jesus fucking Christ”
because “her God understands the need for bad language“
And then there is the unforgettable little nymphomaniac nunette Benigna – the poor girls just wants to get laid and the only men she meets are gay (hehehehe).
This is all great stuff and I think this is where the author talent lies. That is; until the attraction between Matt and James reaches a crescendo and I start to experience the full body flushes – oh yes, this author’s got talent! Phew- whee the lady can write sex too, really HOT sex. I think it’s because her characters are so understatedly sexy in their own way, not your archetypal gorgeous hero’s which heightens the experience. Well that’s what I thought until I met Laslo, and Laslo meets Logan … but that’s a story for later, I hope.
Yes. I liked this book for its humour, refreshing characterisations and very satisfying man loving. It could have benefited from better pacing and a glossary for all the acronyms – but overall it’s a winner.
I’ll recommend it. For more reviews check out Sid's blog