Author: Geoffrey Knight
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Cover Artist: Dare Empire eMedia
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Meet Scott Sapphire—lover of French champagne, Belgian chocolate and dangerous men. He is suave. He is sexy. He is a man of the world—and a man that the world desperately wants to catch.
For Scott Sapphire is the greatest jewel thief of our time. Dashing. Daring. And always neck-deep in trouble.
But when Scott’s latest heist lands him in possession of a map to a rare and precious orchid, it’ll take more than bedroom eyes and a charming smile to stay one step ahead of one of the world’s most powerful business tycoons, as well as keep the CIA off Scott’s back and a handsome special agent out of his pants—or maybe not.
From the Venice canals to the Amazon rainforest, from Rio de Janeiro to the casinos of Monte Carlo, comes a brand new gay hero as irresistible as diamonds and pearls.
Adventure has a new name! And that name is Scott Sapphire.
I figured out the best word to describe this story: caper. This is a right proper caper. The humor, the quick pace and lighthearted tone, they all tally up to a caper. Add in the tongue-in-cheek attitude and the circuit is complete.
I like that Knight takes some of the usually stereotypical (i.e., over the top) descriptions found in some stories and uses them with a wink and then a middle finger for good measure. I’ll take your “channel” and raise you a “sizzling trunk”! Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen too often. 😉
I won’t talk supporting characters by name – it would give too much away – but I liked them all. Each one added a surprising amount of complexity, a case of more than meets the eye. They made me smile, and they wormed their way into my heart despite their… complicated choices. It’s a wonderful mix of people, all unique and playing their roles well.
Knight is so very good at physical description of place. Whether within the whiplash speed of an action scene or one involving a multi-character conversation, I found it so easy to picture it all. The richly painted settings made it that much easier to connect with the characters.
This is a comedic action film, with some heart and heat, hopping from one international locale to another.
There are a few spots where it was a bit confusing as to whose point of view was running the show. I backtracked and reread, righting the ship.
Really, I was grinning and having fun with this one:
”I don’t know who you are,” she said, “but I just had to lay my lips on the most handsome man in the room. Tell me, are you here to sin – or score?”
“Judging by the naked man I just left in my hotel suite, I’d say I’ve already managed both.
Mmmm hmmm, that’s Sapphire right there. Or is it? 😉
We jet around to more locales, some fun surprises and, like any good action flick, some darker moments.
About half way through and I really wasn’t sure where everything was headed, how it all would end. What I did know? This was unrealistic escapism and I was having fun. I know, I’ve already said that, but really. A mix of modern setting and early 20th century adventurism. For me, this was an homage to one of the greatest films of all time, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It’s corny, cheesy, murdery, sweaty and silly fun.
There’s supposedly a sequel to come at some point, Scott Sapphire and the Golden Egg.
Mr. Knight, I need that. 😉
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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