Author: Dirk Greyson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/04/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Thriller
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.
It’s a tried and tested trope, having two – preferably closeted – undercover agents posing as a gay couple in order to get them romantically involved with each other. Here, it’s former NSA Dayton Ingram and former Marine “Knight” Knighton, going on a gay cruise in order to defeat a terrorist group from messing with the internet, to put it simply. Day is rather new, it’s his first field assignment, while Knight is a seasoned agent who has fallen into disgrace with his superiors after his breakdown over the loss of his wife and son. The agency Day and Knight work for, Scorpion Logistic Services, is too super-secret to ever be explained throughout the book but apparently some kind of intelligence agency; they reminded me a little of James Bond’s MI6, minus Q’s gadgets, but just as widely influential.
The actual mystery/ espionage plot actually worked well for me; the background terrorist attack is an interesting “what-if” that would evidently cause a major catastrophe in global economy should someone attempt such a thing. It’s all pure fiction, of course, with lots of far-fetched plot-twists and problems conveniently solved by coincidence, luck, and/or Scorpion’s far-reaching arm but be that as it may– it’s what I’d expect from that genre, and it kept my interest, even though some parts were a bit dragging or overfraught with mundane details.
What didn’t work quite as well was the romantic subplot, the budding relationship between Day and Knight. Both main characters remained flat and distant for me; I found myself almost unable to connect with either of them, and as a result, not caring much about the romance in and of itself. Their “voices” were so similar that it was sometimes hard to remember in whose head I was supposed to be at any given moment, and the way they connected sexually seemed almost contrived. I could’ve bought them as friend-foes à la “The Professionals”, for example, but as lovers? Not so much; aside from physical attraction, there wasn’t really that much erotic tension, let alone anything deeper between them.
Overall, I’d recommend this book as a fairly entertaining spy-themed story with some action of either flavor thrown in.
PS: Devoted Andrew-Grey-Fans will feel instantly at home with this book as Dirk Greyson is Andrew Grey’s new pen name for his suspense novels: https://www.facebook.com/dirkgreysonbooks?fref=ts
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