Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review: Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death by Kim Knox

Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death
Agamemnon Frost #1by: Kim Knox
$1.99 eBook
Carina Press
Sci-Fi Romance / Steampunk / GLBT / Aliens
Released: August 19, 2013

Forcibly retired from the military when his position was filled by machine soldiers, Edgar now works as a personal servant to the wealthy elite.  His one requirement is he not be paired with someone more interested in themselves than the world around them.  When he's hired for one night as the valet for the dashing Agamemnon Frost, he quickly realizes Frost is exactly the sort of man he detests, yet can't help the quickening of his heart when Frost looks his way.  Relationships between two men are severely punished if discovered, so Edgar tries to keep his attraction to himself.  But Frost quickly sees through the charade, and the sparks fly.

But there's an evil plot afoot, and Frost is right in the middle of it.  Turns out their party hosts are not what they seem, and soon the two find themselves chained in the basement, about to be tortured by an alien race bent on taking over the Empire by turning its citizens into mechanical slaves.  Although Edgar is no stranger to pain, he holds on to Frost's face to keep himself from succumbing to the mind-numbing horror that awaits him in the dungeons of their enemies.

This is the first book I've read that has aliens and steampunk mixed together.  Basically, Martians have come to take over England, and are turning people into part human, part machine slaves to make it happen.  Unfortunately for Edgar, he gets dragged into the middle of the silent war going on, and has to make some quick choices on who to trust, because he can never go back to his old life again.  This book was more about plot and action than romance, although the interaction between Frost and Edgar plays a big part on how the plot plays through.  One of the things I like about Kim Knox is her willingness to go where no author has gone before. 

Carla gives this book a


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