Monday, June 8, 2015

From the Ashes

Author: Lillian T. MacGowan
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-62300-853-6
Genre: {M/M} Mystery & Suspense
Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

By ranking definition this book was readable, but not without its flaws.

The setting is identified as the Bottom without any reference to a city, country or even a planet. The location plays a significant role in identifying dialog and other relevant environmental details.

The premise of the story is a low level criminal illegally acquiring property in the city’s poorest section, corrupt city officials and child prostitutes. The purpose for the property takeover is not revealed; perhaps this is the unsolved mystery of the ineffectively developed mundane plot. The story pattern seems to be repetitive. Every problem presented, the characters would immediately have sex before finding a resolution to the dilemma.   

The main characters are Deck, a firefighter and Naim, a doctor. The only ample character background description is of Naim, who has a Middle Eastern heritage and lived in France until he finished medical school. The jargon spoken by Deck and some of the secondary characters is a tedious distraction especially because the dropped words expression of speaking is unfamiliar to me. 

I was not personally impressed with this book, I found no emotional qualities illustrated, nor did the overall story make any reasonable sense to me. 

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