I mean come on...for someone who lived her teenage years in love with Magnum PI, this series is hitting all my buttons. Set in the glorious 80s in Chicago with our PI Nick Nowak who yes is described sounding a lot like our dear Tom Selleck but who thankfully is gay gay gay and who loves sex. The investigations are intriguing and equally entertaining. The men are fabulous and the references to 80s culture is spot on. I’m in love already and can’t wait for more.
*Full Series (Episode 1-19) Non-Spoiler Review*
I am still quite speechless over this series. Absolutely one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and equally rewarding mind fucks I have ever read. And easily one of the best books/series I will read all year and one I would start all over again right now if I was not so emotionally drained. I will give this one time to fully digest and will most definitely be re-entering this Cartel again in the future.
Is this series for everyone? Likely not. But it is worth it...I guarantee. The physical abuse these boys are subjected to is like nothing I have ever read. And while there are series like those written by our dear Nicholas Bella, those are characters in which self healing is a part of their character makeup. That is simply not the case here. These are humans and they are slaves and part of a world which unfortunately I believe exists.
Not once was I bored or let down by a single episode. Each one beautifully crafted and quite thought provoking. You are constantly left wondering the mental state of these characters, if they are truly broken, playing along or just so fucked they don't know which way is up. While the physical torture is taxing, it is the mental torture that will leave you breathless.
Grab a friend and take the challenge. These boys will grab a hold of you and will not let you go. You will be yearning for more with each and every episode.
Thank you Marco for a BR I won't soon forget.
This is one of those books that timing I am sure is everything. After my last 3 weeks in the Flesh Cartel series this one fell short for me. And strangely I found myself mostly aroused. Should I feel disturbed? I am honestly not sure what my reaction should be. If I am supposed to feel arousal then the first 80% of this worked for me. However the last 20% just fell flat. There was really nothing earth shattering about the ending and was not near as fucked up as the ending I had created in my own mind. Actions from both parties seemed out of character with what occured the rest of the book and therefore it was even more difficult to believe. Oh well...the illustrations were quite beautiful and I wish more book had these additions.