- Book Title: The Luxorian Fugitive
- Book Series: Logbooks of the Santa Claus #1
- Author: Mann Ramblings
- Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (April 17, 2015)
- Book Length: 265 pages
- Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller, Romance
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Rating: 3.5 Star
- Posting Date: January 12, 2015
Of course, there’s not just the love between a man and his partner… father and child, friends, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings… the list is near endless. Oh, and don’t forget the love of a man for his ride… and, of course, love is blind to gender, religion, culture, convention, age, and distance…
And sometimes it couldn’t care less about your safety.
The Luxorian Fugitive is the first book in the ‘Logbooks of the Santa Claus’ series by Mann Ramblings and tells the story of Jacks and Hadrian. Hadrian is a human with enhanced capabilities and is Adonirati… a status only allowed for clones as it, in all practicality, means he is a slave. A trained murderer and prostitute, Hadrian has a mind of his own but the use of torture and pleasure commands holds him completely at the whim of Father, a man who found him and his twin brother when they were orphaned. Taking them away from the orphanage and to a different planet, Hadrian is ‘enhanced’ and is used in gladiator-type fights and as a ‘companion’ for the wealthy.
Unbeknownst to him, two men have set the wheels in motion for Hadrian’s liberation. It works, for a while, as he finds refuge on the Santa Claus returning from Luxorian to Alpha Centauri Prime. Until too many secrets cause suspicion and Hadrian’s past is looked into. With force, Hadrian is taken from the arms of sergeant Jacks and a race against the clock ensues for Jacks to rescue the love of his life.
Although there are very few issues with this story, its biggest failing is that it’s not memorable. As a matter of fact, I read this story twice in the span of a couple of weeks and I struggle to write this review. Nothing stands out as funny, or emotional, even though there is enough action going on and there are plenty of moments where some kind of emotion is to be expected. But, even the fact Jacks shot an innocent child who, unknowingly, carried a bomb, when Jacks was still an army sergeant, did very little for me.
The characters are well-written. The setting, predominantly the spacecraft, is thought through and feels complete. The plot is worked out and follows a clear line, although there are a few surprises. All in all, The Luxorian Fugitive is an enjoyable read but it remains for me a story that left me somewhat wanting at the end. For that reason alone, I give this story 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Sergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.
Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close….
All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?
As Liam’s fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.
When Hadrian’s owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.
The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.