They’re back! In their first adventure, Marc Julian, software billionaire, and Jesse Winchester, hacker extraordinaire, survived the evil plans of the Krom Brothers and Jesse’s first lover, Chip. But Jesse has old debts to pay to Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov. Now Leonid is calling in those debts, demanding that Jesse find a great treasure for him, and a new game is set in motion…
The mysterious “Satoshi,” creator of the cybercurrency Bitcoin, has been hiding $400 million worth of the currency for years. But now, he has chosen to start a quest for the keys to the Hoard, and he who controls the keys controls the fortune. And this will be a quest that will test the strength, the will, and the character of those who pursue it.
But Marc and Jesse aren’t the only ones on the hunt, as old enemies resurface to try and beat them to the treasure… And even if they reach it first, they must ask themselves – do they really want to give a Russian gangster $400 million to pursue his deadly enterprises? And what would be the consequences if they don’t?
The pursuit will take them through the museums of Tokyo, the streets of Buenos Aires, and the coast of Mexico, in a desperate and dangerous race to keep the fortune in digital gold from the hands of all their enemies…
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Jesse and Marc are back again for another story and I freaking love them. Their adventures this time aren’t as cut and dry as last time. There’s more intrigue, more cunning, and more backstabbing in this one. Some of it is expected while other parts make you hurt a little when you realize which sides are playing each other. The Quest these two went on was so fascinating. I loved how the history, real life, and Mr. Vance’s imagination all combine to create this web where everything is connected.
You get far more of Marc’s background in this book, though not all of it. It absolutely breaks my heart what he went through to become the man he is presently. We also get a bit more of Jesse’s history. Just enough to let you know there’s more to come. But it also shows more of his thought and decision making processes. All of it just makes me love these two more.
Ryan is still a fascinating character and I’m interested to know more about him. I kind of get a feeling I know where this is headed and I’m not sure how I feel about that hunch. One part says “heck yeah”. But the more rational part wonders if Marc and Jesse will be the same afterwards. I can’t wait for the third book to come out so I can read to see if my hunch is right or wrong and so I can see more of the characters I already enjoy.
Four and a half
Marc stops by today to talk about something he’s had to work to overcome. While it may have taken him a while to figure out what he was overcoming, he’s definitely thrived and has things better under control now with the help of others. Read and enjoy!
Well, I always thought I was just “smart.” Things came easy to me – understanding ideas, especially technical ones. I was always faster than anybody around me. Then I crashed and burned after I lost a business, which I started with a guy who really took me to the cleaners, along with everyone else at our company. I moved home with my parents, and I couldn’t get out of bed for a while. So I went on antidepressants.
The problem was, they worked too well. I got too fast. I was starting to lose focus; every new thing I found became more interesting than the thing I was working on. I’d get these crazy ambitions and I’d be so sure that there was no way I could lose, that I lost track of the facts – the facts were not as reliably as my certainties.
That was when I was diagnosed as bipolar (something I’ve kept pretty secret, for the most part). I couldn’t believe that everything I’d accomplished was the result of…a mental illness. It took me a long time to see otherwise.
The hardest thing for me has been finding balance. Using that amazing intuitive power that’s the gift of my condition, but keeping it reined in, not letting myself get too high or (when the high turns into a disappointing stall or crash) too low.
Jesse keeps me grounded, my friends and co-workers keep me grounded. I’ve learned not to let every new enthusiasm carry me away. It’s tough work.
Marc smiled as he made clinking sounds in the galley of his private jet. He already had the black slacks on, so it was the work of a moment to take off his polo shirt and slip into the white epauletted button-down short-sleeve shirt of a steward. The wings were already attached to the lapels, and he’d even had a name tag made.
“Here you go, sir,” he said as he handed Jesse his drink on a tray. Jesse was already involved in something on his phone, and he absentmindedly reached for it.
Then he paused, sensing that something had changed. He looked up to see Marc dressed as an airline steward, his eyes dancing with heat.
Marc didn’t smile as he said, “Is there anything else I can get you, sir?”
Jesse swallowed. “Maybe a warm blanket.”
Marc took the drink from his hand. He pressed a button on the side of Jesse’s chair.
“The seat fully reclines into a bed, sir. Let me make you comfortable.”
As the seat back flattened and the base lifted Jesse’s feet up, Marc pushed another button, and the chair’s arms lowered out of the way, which gave him room to straddle Jesse’s hips.
He put his hands on Jesse’s chest, and Jesse reached up to finger his collar. “How did you earn those wings, steward?”
Marc idly stroked Jesse’s hand where it lingered on the wings. “Oh, those, sir? For achieving membership in the Mile High Club. Are you a member?” Marc began to grind his ass against Jesse’s crotch, feeling the transformation below his slacks.
“You know, I am not. I’ve never been invited to join.”
Marc leaned in to whisper in his ear. “Let me be the first to welcome you, then.”
Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.”
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