Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Kurt Powell is a Vietnam veteran, a father of a seventeen year old son, an ex drug addict and drunk and now a federal agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs. It was the Bureau that saved his life a life that was going nowhere but down. A new assignment will take him to the Bureau’s Nevada prison, a prison with no hope, a prison where no one escapes except by death.
Desmond Hughes was born in Belfast, Ireland where he dreamed of one day being an American unfortunately he is now an American locked away in a small cell with no hope for the future. He has spent seventeen years with only a few books, a little television and a small amount of time outdoors but always at night. Des spent time living on the streets until he met Larry Krane a man with money, smarts and happy to take Des under his wing. Larry built boxes that he claimed would be given to the angels to use against demons but first they had to test them using humans as guinea pigs, something that Des took an active part in which is the reason he is where he is and Larry is dead.
Kurt’s assignment is to find boxes that Larry might have hidden, boxes that in the wrong hands could be disastrous and in order to find them they need Des’ help. Des knows he is guilty of assisting in the death of dozens of people but he always believed he was doing the right thing, that the angels would help people live and end disease, all lies, the only reason for the boxes was power.
For the first time in seventeen years Des can sleep in a soft bed, eat delicious food, wear clothing that fits and finally see the sky in the daytime. He knows that at the end of the search for the boxes he will return to his cell but for now he just wants to accumulate as many memories as possible including his memory of Kurt. Both men have killed and even though Kurt killed because of orders and war he can’t get the deaths out of his head, Des knows he is responsible for aiding in killing innocent humans but he is paying for it.
Two men both alone in spite of an ex-wife and son and a job that he loves Kurt always feels alone missing the one thing that he needs companionship and love from another man. Des doesn’t get to speak to another human being unless it is when the doctor comes but he has accepted his punishment and does whatever he must to survive it. The more time the two men spend together the more they crave each other but how can there ever be anything more between them when Des is headed back to his prison, or is he.
I love this series and each book just gets better and better. We usually see the uglier side of humanity but there is always hope for redemption.