Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blood in the Water

Title: Blood in the Water
Author: Eric Del Carlo
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-748-1
Genre: {M/M} Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Nickerson and BlaqJaq are in the cargo pit of a black market shanghai-taxi, escaping the city after officials took away Nickerson's identity. Nickerson’s career as an assassin had been to keep the new earth colonies clean of the Earth-based criminal cartels. His superiors had betrayed him by entering Nickerson into a death sport. BlaqJaq, an enforcer-for-hire who lived in the undercity, had helped Nickerson survive deadly hunters in pursuit of him. Now the two lovers must fight for their freedom and survive new blood sports before they reach their journey’s conclusion.

Eric Del Carlo’s Blood in the Water is a fascinating follow up story to Steel Sleet, the first episode of Nickerson and BlaqJaq. This well-written storyline is of Nickerson and BlaqJaq’s river voyage, in addition to their battles with scoundrels who live on Earth’s surface wasteland. At the river's end, they discover the city known as New New Orleans. Here, they are offered a chance to earn an escape from Earth if they can defeat an opposing team in the upcoming bloodsport of Carnival. The characters are believable. Both men are honorable skilled warriors who fight to survive. They love and respect each other, along with being well-matched. Nickerson has experience living in cities and space colonies; he exhibits patience in educating BlaqJaq regarding life above ground as well as the verbal communication used. BlaqJaq is intelligent; he swiftly absorbs all the information Nickerson offers. The action scenes are exciting. The intimate scenes are captivating. I very much enjoyed Blood in the Water.

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