by Xakara, fantasy (2010)
Liquid Silver Books, $5.50, ISBN 978-1-59578-789-7
Xakara's Ghost Of Christmas Past is billed as a PsiCorps novella. This is the first story that I've read, and indeed, this is the author's first published work with Liquid Silver Books. Still, I am definitely missing something here. The main characters in this story have already met and established relationships before the first page.
We have Torrin St James, a PsiCorps agent who is recently awakened from a coma that lasted four years. His fiancée Skye, his Partner Riley, his mother, and everyone else thought he was dead. Torrin wants to see them again, but at the same time, he gets distracted by his attraction to his Handler, Quintus. Then there are memories of the events leading up to his coma that Torrin is only starting to remember, and the whole story seems like a rather entertaining romp.
Too bad I've no clear idea what the meanings of the jargon used are or even what Quintus's relationship to Torrin is. The story gets even more confusing why Sky and Riley show up and everyone gets into bed together. Add in some lofty metaphysical mumbo-jumbo behind the whole shagging and I can only scratch my head and wonder why these people need such opaque excuses just to indulge in their horny desires for each other. And then more characters show up...
Anyway, the author's very confusing website suggests that this one is indeed the first in a series. You can imagine how befuddled I am by this story. It cannot stand alone, and if it is indeed the first story in a series, I don't know what to say anymore.
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