Sunday, December 29, 2013

Alien Quest by Mark Zubro

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: MLR Press, (August 2013)
Pages: 355

Five Stars Out of Five.

When Mike Carlson stops to help an attack victim lying in a Chicago street, he never dreamed of the adventure to follow. He had spotted the man earlier, while working as a waiter in a popular gay restaurant, and noted some apparent eccentricities of behavior. He soon found out why: John was actually a traveler from another planet, sent to bring back a criminal who is believed to be hiding there on Earth. As they start talking, Mike is curious about the alien, but also finds himself somewhat attracted to the hunky, intelligent young man. Could the attraction be mutual?

It is great to see one of my favorite gay mystery writers back in action, and this new series could fill a needed niche in the sci-fi genre. Like all of Zubro’s works, this is a well-written story that features fully-nuanced gay and straight characters in realistic situations. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, but I loved every page of this, as he resisted the common mistake of making things we don’t understand too far “over the top” to be believed. Worth a read.

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