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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 Clive Anthony on September 23, 2014 at 12:39pm

Sounds very intriguing - 12 worlds and references to the classic Dune make this sound a very tempting read!

Comment by Joleene Naylor on May 3, 2014 at 1:45pm

This was a good book with such a detailed world in it :)

Comment by 4-LAN on May 2, 2014 at 8:15pm

Thanks DM and Dormaine :-) Oh and Dormaine, please check out this week's edition :-)

Comment by Dormaine G on May 2, 2014 at 1:00pm

This sounds really interesting. I may have to check it out. Thx!

Comment by 4-LAN on April 23, 2014 at 8:19pm


Comment by 4-LAN on April 23, 2014 at 10:09am

Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by :-)

Yes, I am not usually a reader of romance, but they are starting to cross over into the genres I do read. The erotica in The Cartel comes off a bit strong initially. However, Manetti put a lot of thought into her world building. The Sci-fi element is what really drew me into the story.

Comment by Elizabeth Foshee on April 23, 2014 at 9:34am

Hmm definitely sounds interesting. I think that there are not enough D/s romance genre out there. I'm glad to see that someone is taking it up a notch!

Comment by 4-LAN on April 23, 2014 at 8:29am

Thanks Martin and Janis!


Comment by Janis C. on April 23, 2014 at 8:14am

Tweeted it! Not much of science fiction reader but this is intriguing!

Comment by Martin Murphy on April 23, 2014 at 8:10am

Sounds an intriguing story contained within a rare genre mix. Thanks 4-LAN.

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