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Eros Ascending - Velvet Comet 1 Book Review Summary

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Harry Redwine was an old and valued employee of the Vainmill Syndicate, one of the huge corporations that existed - and controlled - the galaxy. Harry was a "fixer" and his boss, Victor Bonhomme, would send him in to take perfectly healthy, well run businesses and turn them into shaky ruins that would quickly go under. Harry's latest assignment would take him to the Velvet Comet, a galatically famous brothel that orbits around the planet Charlemagne. The Leader Madonna, the madam of the Velvet Comet, didn't seem to like him very much and Harry was suspicious of Suma, a beautiful young prostitute who seemed to be a little too accomodating. But as Harry spent more time on the Velvet Comet, he came to realize that it was much more than a brothel - it was a place where you could literally have your fantasies brought to life, sexually and otherwise. For the first time, Harry does not want to be a fixer, he wants to leave the Leather Madonna her empire and he wants the Leather Madonna herself...

This was an entertaining science fiction/mystery book. Harry is a character who is definitely torn between doing his job and doing what he knows is right. Even if he chooses the high ground, he may still lose because of the powerful conglomerate and he has to make the choice as to whether it is worth it to struggle at all. The secondary characters in this book were also fascinating: the rundown old boxer, the beautiful young prostitutes, the honorable security agent, the syndicate owners, all were real people who worked in that shades of grey area with nary a sign of white or black anywhere. The setting was also quite interesting, being a huge orbiting brothel in outer space, and this lent to some interesting subplots, as you can well imagine. The mystery was subtle, but it was there and quite fun to try and second guess what the characters would do and whose side they were on. If you have the opportunity to read this book, I recommend that you do, it is a good, solid read.
The review of this Book prepared by Debbie








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   investigating theft/fraud Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If enemy is a group...    -   big corporation

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   really, really giant spaceship/station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   orgies    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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