Monday, August 12, 2013

Shayno by Marten Weber

Reviewer: Alan Chin
Publisher: Aquarius Publishing
Pages: 293

Shayno is the story of two men, both in search of something they think Shayno, a hunk who immigrated to America from Australia, can provide. What neither of them know is that Shayno is a man incapable of returning affection. He slowly leads his prey down a path that just keeps getting darker and more dangerous, toying with his prey in order to glorify his fragile ego.

The first protagonist is a middle-aged technician working in Silicon Valley who has become bored with his job, his friends, his life. He wants to find love and adventure, and when a sexy (albeit straight) hunk pays attention to him at the gym, he follows that hunk like the Pied Piper.

The second protagonist, Kevin, is a young Australian surfer. He’s on a journey to find Shayno, whom he knew and fell in love with before Shayno flew to America.

Mr. Weber shows an exceptional talent at creating gripping scenes, even though he uses rather unorthodox ways of writing prose that make it difficult for the reader.

The characters he creates in this novel are often placed in interesting situations, but overall I found all three to be rather stupid, a bit cliché, and unlikeable. Several times, the author turns his characters into mere mouthpieces to spout his views. I couldn’t connect with the characters; therefore, I never became captivated by their story.

This is not your typical MM romance. It is a study of how a person can be led, step by step, into a dangerous situation, and also how people can be enthralled by danger. It’s well worth a look if you’re searching for something unusual. 

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