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Vassily the Beautiful

An ESTO Universe Novel
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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Summary

Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of being treated as an invalid, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother. That changes the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own.

When deep-space pirates capture Vassily's mother, he's left to the mercy of his cruel, amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction and his physical shortcomings, he's forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a crucial piece of equipment. While she agrees to deal with him if he beats his Exoticus addiction, paranoia and mysterious intentions infuse her household. Drawn to her fierce, suspicious youngest son, certain his actions are all carefully observed, Vassily must find the courage to face both his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.

©2014 Angel Martinez (P)2017 Angel Martinez

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Fascinating Book As Beautiful as Vassily himself

This was my first book by this author and I fell instantly in love. Since then I have never failed to be impressed. However, this has remained my first love and one of my all-time favourite books.

The characterization is superb with each character finely drawn with an unique voice. Whilst many could have come across as stereotypes they remained on the right side of uniquely personal. I feel I know them all. Even with the most enigmatic Babba Yaga we see enough personal touches to make her well rounded and almost approachable.

The story is gripping and the world building masterful.

I have nothing negative to say