Title: Hell's End
Tuck’s a Gutter, one of a gang of violent orphans running level thirty-six of Hell’s End, the solar system’s outermost space station. There’s only one way out of this brotherhood of blood—grow up and be killed and eaten by other Gutters.
Tuck barely escapes his death sentence, only to fall prey to the powerful L’arisian family. Rescue from a L’arisian whorehouse never happens, but rescued he is, and by Gov soldiers no less. Alone among the enemy, Tuck trusts only one person—the man who risked everything to pluck him to safety.
Ivan’s a soldier. No more, no less. But the disquieting things he learns about the Government’s plans for the Gutter kid have him doing the one thing a soldier shouldn’t do. Think about doing what’s right instead of what he’s told. All for a guy he can’t get out of his head.
Getting involved in a rebellion that might get them killed is a problem. Falling in love? That’s a disaster in the making.
Author: Ally Blue
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Long the Mile, Down, The Secret of Hunter's Bog
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Purchased for Self
Published: May 21, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance, Sci Fi Romance
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There is a lot going on on what I’m assuming is a space station called Hell’s End. I believe it’s near Pluto, but the characters have interesting expletives that involve Jupiter. Most of this novel just left me confused. The ruling sector of this hundred plus level station is referred to as the House. The House has Chiefs. There are also families that seem to run certain levels in a gang, maybe mob manner. I’m thinking the Government soldiers may have been a type of law enforcement added to the mix but things appeared in the beginning and remained in the end in a type of lawless state.
Government grunt soldier Ivan and Gutter escapee double agent genetically modified super spy Tuck are thrown together when one of the mob/gang families catches Tuck and decides he’d make a great prostitute in one of their whorehouses. The Government has been looking for Tuck and other like him for a long time. Finally having one of their projects back under their control again will help them bring down the underground rebellion faction. A simple detox and couple weeks of training and Tuck is in the field spying for both sides.
See, there is a lot of stuff going on and I have no clue as to why for the majority of it. Everything is told to both the reader and the characters and we are just supposed to take it and go with the flow. That’s exactly what Ivan and Tuck do. They go with the flow on everything. No one questions the reasons they are given for having to follow along. This creates a big lack of conflict. I need some conflict and tension in my reads. I will not be moving on with the Hellscape series.