Friday, April 2, 2010

Company Man


Title: Company Man
Author: Felicitas Ivey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-385-8
Genre: {M/M/M} Ménage, Sci-Fi
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Shaku Suihana is a Company Man, a professional assassin programmed to follow instructions without reservations. His newest assignment is more mysterious than the majority of projects he is called on to perform. Meeting Úlfur, who thinks Shaku is a man named Shiro, a man who disappeared twelve years ago, triggers emotions in Shaku he thought long dead. When the Company tries to kill Úlfur, he is magically transformed into Leif, a younger man who Shaku feels obligated to save so they go on the run. After meeting a mystifying sensei, Shaku gains some of his memories back and begins to mentally go over the puzzle of his past relationship with the two men, in addition to discovering the outlook in store for the three of them.

Company Man is a well written complex sci-fi thriller and romance. The intriguing storyline is about a worldwide company founded in Iceland. As a sideline, the company hires out their highly trained assassins, who will follow any directive including performing sex acts. The characters are fascinating. Shaku’s memory has been erased by the company. However, when he meets Úlfur, there is something familiar enough about him that his memories start to reform. Shaku is tired of speculating about who he is, yet he knows the outcome of failing to do his job. He is intelligent with good survival instincts, as well as determined to defend his lover. Úlfur appears to be a mentally flawed man, damaged by the company’s several attempts to end his life; nevertheless he is unique and lovable. Even with memory loss, he never forgot Shiro. The sensei cares for both Úlfur and Shaku; it is he that retains the memories of the past along with revealing a way out of their current dilemma. The love scenes are sensual, first with just Úlfur and Shaku, then the sensei joining them later into the story.

Felicitas Ivey’s Company Man is a remarkable saga that I vastly enjoyed.

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