The Others Project
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
A past that won’t let go…
After losing his job, Chase Sarim finds himself living in a shit hole apartment. His new neighbor calls himself Seven, wears aluminum hats and carries around a ceramic rooster. He also seems to know what Chase is going to do or say before it happens, and talks about people named, Nine, Three, and Four.
Chase knows better than to get involved with someone like that.
But some men are just too hot to resist.
A future of fear…
Seven has been running for his life ever since he escaped Sub-Floor. In order to elude those hunting him he can never have a home, never have friends…and love? It’s nothing but a weakness that can be used against him.
Hiding had become a way of life. Until Chase.
Greed, power, and corruption…
Dr. David Stone knows Seven has a secret. Why else would his colleague, Dr. Radcliff, help Seven escape Sub-Floor?
It wasn’t the loss of a defective precog that bothered Stone, it was the fact Radcliff was willing to die to keep Stone from knowing why he did it. Or better yet, how.
Two men, one love, brought together by a series of impossible circumstances and destined by fate for an entangled future.
But maybe fate has nothing to do with it.
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This book took me by surprise. I really, really dislike science fiction. I don't know why. It's just a genre I don't seem to relate to.
I only purchased it because of the ecstatic user reviews. Please add mine to those. Somehow, "Seven" changed my mind about the whole genre.
The book was wonderfully well-written, ingenious, with just enough fact to make the science fiction almost plausible. The sex was great - explicit, but not overdone. But what really drives this book are the characters. Seven, initially mistaken by Chase to be a paranoid (with foil on his head, and all the rest) turns out to be a charming, naive, sexy and beautiful young man. Chase has had the week from hell, fired from his job as an investigative reporter for plagiarism (which he didn't do), relegated, by a misleading ad, to an apartment where his only company would be the mice, and close to desperate. The two meet in the hallway and, well, the rest is the book.
Of course, Seven is not a paranoid. He is a science "experiment" escaped from the lab of the totally evil megalomaniac, Dr. Stone. There is a terrific action/suspense story propelled by the imperative to stop this monster before he hurts any others. And the hapless Chase gets roped into it. It's not too much of a spoiler to hint that he was always a part of the plan - he just didn't know it.
There are many moments in the book that will move you profoundly - this book contains many illustrations of the most profoundly deep love, the ultimate illustration of Plato's "other half" theory. These relationships that survive even torture and imprisonment are selfless, stirring and beautiful. We root for the heroes from the very first pages, and our heart soars with their love for each other.
I cannot say it strongly enough - buy this book! It is unique, powerful and beautiful, all at the same time.