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The Cartel by E.G. Manetti

Imagine, if you will, being punished for the sins of your father...

After his criminal actions have earned him his final draught, you and your immediate family must also be punished in the eye of society. In this world it is not enough to be shamed by the memory and realization that your own father broke the law and was put to death. Now, you are a criminal as well.

You may choose the same fate as your fallen parent or a trial by ordeal. If you favor the latter of these punishments then you are stripped of your previous honor and standing in society and are forced to become the property of another-to be their servant in all manners and at the whim of their sexual desires.

Honor endures.

Lillian finds herself in this very situation. Now apprentice to Lucius, the head of the Serengeti Cartel, she must serve her master to her utmost abilities-always putting his needs above her own. All the while, she is the target of scrutiny and public ridicule, being referred to as 'doxy'-basically a sex slave or whore.

E.G. Manetti is a master world builder. The writer has created a science fiction story rich in complexity and depth, while crossing into the romance and erotica genre. Admittedly, the graphic sexual scenes dominate the beginning of the story, as the reader becomes familiar with what exactly a 'doxy' is expected to do. However, Manetti finds this precarious balance of romance and sci-fi architectural construction as the story unfolds.

The 12 Worlds and the 5 Warriors adds a rich history and marvelous background into this rigid and honor bound society that spans the galaxy. The element of control over the Vistrite mining combined with the struggle for dominance by the various Cartels reminded me very much of Dune. For me, this was an unexpected pleasure, as Frank Herbert's famous book will always stand as a pinnacle of achievement in the sci-fi genre. Manetti pays tribute to this masterpiece, while making this work original with a storyline that bears little other resemblance to the source of its inspiration.

Thank you for reading this week's edition of What I Am Reading.


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Comment by Nate Fleming on October 29, 2014 at 5:04am

Love a good world building, and while the erotica isn't necessarily for me, the book still sounds interesting.  Thanks, 4-LAN!

Comment by Michael Spelling on October 29, 2014 at 1:56am

Congratulations! Good luck on this book!

Comment by Janis C. on September 24, 2014 at 8:46am

 Congrats fellow author! Tell us how it went too!

Comment by 4-LAN on September 23, 2014 at 10:24pm

E.G., have a great time at The Baltimore Book Festival!

Comment by E. G. Manetti on September 23, 2014 at 8:37pm

@Elizabeth.   Thank you.

Comment by Elizabeth Foshee on September 23, 2014 at 6:57pm

Good luck Manetti! :)

Comment by E. G. Manetti on September 23, 2014 at 2:19pm

@Martin.  This is my first Book Festival, so I'm learning as I go.  I have an author friend who has done a few book fairs and will be there with me, so that's a big help.

Comment by E. G. Manetti on September 23, 2014 at 2:17pm

@Marilyn.  Whoo Hoo!  *author happy dance*

Comment by Martin Murphy on September 23, 2014 at 12:44pm
An ambitious project and sounds a fascinating read. Wish you all the best, too, for the book signing. I may ask for some pointers at some stage in the future.
Comment by E. G. Manetti on September 23, 2014 at 12:40pm

Thanks 4-LAN.

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