Saturday, June 2, 2018

Book Review: 'Alpha in Chains' by Debby Drake

New author Debby Drake takes a daring stance in her first novel – a terrific feminist point of view that reads well as a turnabout on dominance and impact. Women on this strange planet are definitely n control and men are prisoners - both in chains and as sexual toys. Good time with all the social media and journalism about famous men abusers!

Some authors allow the novelty of their theme to take precedence, allowing the strange action to be the star and relegating characters into topes. Not Debby. Our first introduction to the main male character in this story is as follows: ‘Since being held captive on this planet, Rick Hernandez had observed some very peculiar behaviors and hadn’t settled into complacency like some of his fellow soldiers. Captain Rick still held hope that they could eventually escape. He certainly wouldn’t be broken, he was tough as nails and had every intention of either escaping or he would die trying. He noticed one of the top brass eyeing him as the guard seated in front of him moaned in pleasure. She was tall with jet black hair which hung low on her back. Dressed in her full regulation uniform, she cut an impressive figure. She held an air of intimidation and commanded an air of respect that even her colleagues seemed to recognize as they gave her space as she parted the crowd of officers and guards. She walked up to where Rick was still sitting shackled and taking her boot, arched her leg, and quickly pushed the guard away from the table. The guard only stood up, saluted the woman, and then walked away slowly, her head hung low. The woman’s glowing green eyes drilled into Rick’s as she stood speechless for what seemed like an eternity. Rick swallowed a lump that formed in his throat and she only said, “State your name.”

The synopsis relates the details of this new book – ‘Against all odds, two unlikely lovers must overcome a universe that is hell-bent on destroying them both...Since his capture on a strange planet of fierce warrior women, Captain Rick Hernandez of the USSA has had to live the life of a prisoner of war, under very unusual conditions. In a planet ruled by women, the roles are reversed. Used and abused by the guards in ways he would never have imagined and preferred he forgot, Hernandez doesn't have much of a say, and his current plan was to patiently bide his time and wait for a prime opportunity to make his escape. What he definitely didn't count on was meeting Yoshiri, a green-eyed, drop-dead gorgeous officer with the amazingly long hair. One look was all it took and they both knew their lives would never be same again. It would have been perfect, but there was just one major snag. Yoshiri was beholden to the Queen. Yoshiri was Queen Aristella's lover, and the law forbade Yoshiri from loving another under the pain of death. Yoshiri, becoming increasingly disillusioned with her life as the Queen's favorite consort, was becoming restless and only Hernandez, with his hard, muscular body could fill her in ways that no one ever had and bring her peace. As for Hernandez, Yoshiri was quickly becoming an addiction, and he just couldn't get enough of her and her.. So, when the chance came for Hernandez to make his escape with the help of another captain, imprisoned on the planet years before his capture, he takes a willing Yoshiri with him and they make their way to Beta Osiris Eleven, a planet of cybernetically enhanced humans, for some supplies and a pit stop, but as often happens with the best laid plans, they are captured and forced to participate in a deadly, otherworldly spectacle with their lives at stake. With the wrath of Queen Aristella hot on their tails, will the lovers find a way to be together? Or will nemesis catch up with them and put an end to their romance?’

Same sex relationships between women and female dominant society make the emergence of the primary love story just that much more fascinating. An interesting new voice in the Chick Lit genre. Grady Harp, May 18

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