Title: 18% Gray
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore's job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they're captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who've petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.
Rescuing James Ayala isn't going to be easy: he's crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that's granted him psychic power he isn't sure how to control. That's the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James's mental stability.
So they're on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can't resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he's got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there's the question of how much he's actually changed?
Author: Anne Tenino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sweet Young Thang, Good Boy, Poster Boy, My Haunted Blender's Gay Love Affair and Other Twisted Tales
Series: Task Force Iota
Narrator: Paul Morey
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: August 1, 2011
Genres: Male Male Romance
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There were so many enjoyable aspects to 18% Gray. Matt and his smart assed attitude made the book worth the read or in my case the listen. Narrator Paul Morey does the snarky Matt extraordinarily well. Readers first meet Matt when he is in high school. He is also on his knees in a situation he’d rather no one walk in on, certainly not the straight guy he is crushing on. So you what happens from that point. Flash forward seven years later and Matt is given what he sees as opportunity for some good old fashioned revenge.
James is thankful for a rescue when one finally arrives. He just wishes it wasn’t someone from his past that he hurt. He needs to get out of the red state trouble he has found himself in. He is also eager to have someone check out his mutant alien brain. He knows that something was done to him to enhance his soldier abilities, but things are changing. His abilities are becoming more enhanced by the day and it makes traveling with him an entertaining adventure.
I wasn’t too happy with the ending. I felt there were a few details that needed some additional attention. This in no way means there was a cliffhanger. I just needed a little more on a few things. The good news here is that I can move right on into Turning Tricks. The first book in the Task Force Iota series is definitely not my favorite Tenino book, but I am looking forward to continue reading the series.