Steel Sleet

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Steel Sleet

Genre: LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy

Nickerson, a genetically enhanced off-world assassin, has been sent to Earth by his bosses, but before he arrives his transport is shot down and he finds himself being hunted by ruthless killers. Retreating into the underworld he teams up with independent enforcer and street muscle BlaqJaq, a man half his age but his equal in toughness. Can the two of them evade Nickerson's hunters long enough to deal with the mounting attraction they feel for each other? If they can survive, is there any future for them in a world in which steel sleet closes every door in their faces?

I admit I chose this book because of its cover, and thus I can't consider myself cheated. The cover is gorgeous, and remains gorgeous. The book, unfortunately, doesn't live up to it. I also chose it because I am a science fiction fan. As such I instantly recognized Del Carlo's world as an amalgam of Neuromancer and Blade Runner with a dash of Alien thrown in. None of which would have mattered had it been done well. Mr Del Carlo's purple prose, however, which takes a whole paragraph to describe a man turning his head to the right, and half a page to show him opening a manhole cover and jumping in, made it a chore to read. The characters are flat and the background is described in interminable info-dumps. It avoids getting a 1 only because somewhere inside the verbiage is an exciting chase and love story. Unfortunately that exciting story is as well hidden as a face-hugger in the corridors of a deserted spaceship - not something you really want to go looking for.

Book Blurb for Steel Sleet

Genre: LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy

Length: Novella

He is an off-world assassin, a genetically enriched "catjob." But tonight he is on the run for his life. His name is Nickerson, and he has come to the most dangerous place in the universe: Earth.

Beneath the city streets he finds a maze of an underworld, where only the brutal survive. He finds BlaqJaq. Young, beautiful, a "streetmuscle" who has survived his hostile native environment by always being the strongest, by avoiding attachments.

When they meet, the two men are consumed by mutual desire. But the hunt is on, and Nickerson must flee deeper and deeper into this subterranean labyrinth, a land as primitive and lethal as the off-world colonies he protects are unsullied and paradisiacal. With BlaqJaq as his guide and deadly hunters in hot pursuit, it seems the two may never find more than a fleeting moment of desperate passion. In the claustrophobic tunnels of this savage underworld Nickerson and BlaqJaq must first survive, to fulfill their erotic destiny.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable:. Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, masturbation, violence

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2007 2.00