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@ 2008-03-25 15:38:00
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[FEATURE REVIEW] Nikolai by Angelia Sparrow
Nikolai by Angelia Sparrow
Publisher: Circle Dark Publishing
Reviewed By: Val Kovalin
Nikolai by Angelia Sparrow concerns the re-education of a young criminal named Nick. It's told in third-person viewpoint. In the year 2093, Nick commits a crime and gets recruited into a secret group working to undermine the fundamentalist Christian theocracy now controlling much of the former United States.
His new master, Mr. Ligatos, likes to collect talented criminals and exploit their potential. He offers Nick a high standard of living beyond that of other white males, the only ones to enjoy full citizenship within the Confederated States of America. The downside is that Nick must indulge Mr. Ligatos's taste for frequent sadomasochistic sex. Not that Nick minds too much. He finds his sex toy duties to be an excitingly subversive role to play within the realm of the CSA where homosexual acts are punished by public stoning.
The gripping plot turns upon Mr. Ligatos' plan to manipulate an upcoming election that will decide whether or not the contested state of Kentucky is allowed to secede from the CSA. Another civil war could result.
What's to dislike about Nikolai? Well, the characters are psychopaths. It's to the author's credit that one comes to care – reluctantly – about Nick. What's to like? The author has a true gift for both dark satire and complex world-building. The fine writing should please fans of science fiction and erotica. Nikolai is available as a 195-page ebook from Circle Dark Publishing.