by William Maltese
A nominee for ERWI’s The Fruity Award for best male/male fiction
ISBN: 1931160139ISBN: 0974254940
|Maltese has always provided out-of-this-world experiences for his readers, but he’s gone several steps farther in his sometimes-very-erotic BOND-SHATTERING that hearkens back to his very first book (the sci-fi FIVE ROADS TO TLEN) published in 1970. And what a treat this book has in store for afficionados of the sci-fi, gay, erotica, and gay-romance genres. BOND-SHATTERING a highly charged interstellar tour de force that explores complicated relationship: between the controlling civilized Warrior Clans and subservient barbarians (AKA everyone else); between Warrior Clan bond-mates (Roynoldo Lasi and Grenar Rajno) and the barbarian Kyle Icru. Gallactic battles, machinations, betrayals, loves, hates, and quests for power play out to sometimes disastrous conclusions against the alien backdrop of a universe in which the aphrodisiac Essence Orchinid is as vital to most everyone’s pleasurable existence as The Spice is to bending space in Frank Herbert’s monumental DUNE series. Nor, by way of infinite delight for his readers, is Maltese’s Planet Jirat any the less dangerous than the barren wind-swept landscapes of Herbert’s legendary Planet Dune.|
|“BOND-SHATTERING provides a fascinating world wherein testosterone reaches saturation levels, and Warrior Clan warriors run amuck in their determination to – if not rid the entire cosmos of — then at least segregate, in the name of their misogynist-God Meedek’s doctrines — all “barbarians” (women and those who cohabit with them). The book’s complicated plot-line is filled to the brim with just how far men will go, pumped up on testosterone AND on the much-in-demand aphrodisiac essence Orchinid, in their determination to fulfill not only the demanded tenets of their male-based religion, but in order to satisfy their other less high-minded and baser instincts, needs, wants, and desires.”
-Galenn Frazier, amazon.com reviewer“What we have here is a covert love story, not between two Warrior-clan members, as it would initially seem, but between one Warrior Clan member and a barbarian (who just may not be a barbarian). How Maltese deals with his characters, developing them so that the reader genuinely cares, whether that character be hero or villain, exploring their intricate and sometime intimate relationships, was a pleasure and pure joy for this reader.”
-Alex von Mann, author, SLAVES, in BookSurge.com review
Roynoldo settled back into the soothing hum of the absorbinet, adjusting his head and arm positions for alignment along its infeed units. His fingers tapped his request on the sensisquares of the curved armrest, and a supplemental screen confirmed that the data was no longer impervious to his entry number. There were a few moments of mood static, while the data banks searched for transmit, followed by the resulting click of commencement. Roynoldo shut his eyes and felt the flow of information quickly and smoothly exiting the cagbinet mechanism and playing across his mentaceptors.