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Synopsis: Angel Lust combines the mystical atmosphere we see in Ann Rice's classics of dark eroticism with Brass's more open, full-throttle gay sexuality. What makes this book different from other gay "erotic" novels of fantasy is that the characters are totally real. Despite being angels, despite the element of Time travel, Bert and Tommy, the two angels who have been together since eternity, could be your neighbors. They worry about making a living, about their landlord throwing them out, and about the day-to-day struggles that all humans have. Although they have powers far beyond most of us (for instance, they can revive the dead), they understand that their human side can get them into trouble, both with the law and their own deeper feelings, just like anyone else.
The book begins with a white-hot erotic encounter between Tommy and Niko, a handsome Greek factory worker in Brooklyn. Niko, who has not at all come to terms with his homosexual feelings (divorced, he now lives with his parents and his three-year-old son, Paul), can not understand how Tommy knows so much about him. Tommy, the handsome young angel who has been looking for Niko, seems to be able to read him like a book. What Niko is not aware of is that this "book" was written almost a thousand years ago, when Tommy, then in an earlier incarnation as Thomas Jebson, a young blond serf youth, had met another handsome Greek man, who had taken his heart away. In the Law of Angels, Time is elastic. It can bend. You can ride it like a wave or cross it like a bridge. It is as negotiable as three-dimensional space. The only problem is, once there, what do you do?
Even angels (who must be reincarnated on earth) know that the past can destroy them, just as the problems of the present can.
Under the power of ecstatic sex, Tommy Angelo is able to cross the bridge of Time and return to the England of 1077, where as Thomas Jebson he met Sir Bertrand, the impetuous knight from the Land at the End of the Mountain. One night alone, the two met under a bright moon and there Sir Bertrand promised to love and protect young Thomas forever.
Thomas had been searching for a nobleman to offer him protection-this is medieval England, where that was the key to survival-but never did he believe that such a handsome young nobleman would love him sincerely as well. What young Jebson did not know was that Sir Bertrand was already an angel, and that he, too, had been searching, but had to keep his own search a secret.
Thomas and Sir Bertrand became linked with one another through a series of quests and adventures. Thomas was able to kill an evil knight out to murder Sir Bertrand, and Sir Bertrand introduced Thomas to the amazing way of knights. Many knights are secret followers of "forest love," the secret love of men practiced by the wild men who still roamed the forests of England, in Robin Hood fashion, as they had done for centuries before the Norman invasion. These men were often despised by the Church and corrupt nobles, yet they formed a secret band dedicated to real honesty and goodness.
At the behest of Sir Garet du Fontayne, Sir Bertrand's noble friend and once his secret lover, Thomas and Sir Bertrand follow a quest to kill the corrupt Baron Odred de Campe, whose gaze is like ice and who terrorizes the very land on which Thomas's parents are bound serfs. With Richard Smart, a bearded, very "hot" bear of a man who leads a forest band nearby, Thomas and Sir Bertrand sneak into the Baron Odred's fortified castle. They are given work in the Baron's filthy stables. At night, Sir Bertrand, who has heard strange rumors about the Baron, sends young Thomas out to seak out the Baron in his private chambers. Thomas is all fear, but soon learns that the rumors are true. The Baron's dark castle is a stronghold of every sort of vice and sexual excess, including services to the Demon of the Night, whom the Baron faithfully worships.
Seesawing between the New York of the Third Millennium and the violent England of the Norman conquests at the dawn of the Second, the two angels soon discover that the Baron Odred also has an incarnation: a demon in the form of Alan Hubris, the icy gay businessman who, with the help of the sleazy Mayor of New York, is trying to corner the market on all the gay real estate in the City.
Like his earlier incarnation the Baron, Hubris is all greed and insatiable desire. He now runs a gay nightclub on the East Side of Manhattan, where gorgeous boys dance almost naked and offer private "dance lessons" to wealthy customers. All of this goes on with the Mayor's blessing, despite the fact that the Mayor has closed down most gay clubs that offer sexual entertainment to men with less cash. As Hubris says: "The Mayor loves gays, especially gays with money."
Although this is a relatively short book, it offers an array of plot devices to keep you guessing, and some of the most erotic scenes ever written. Brass never uses sex gratuitously, but always to advance to plot. If you are looking for an erotic novel at least one full millennium beyond the usual "here-we-go-again" material, this is the book for you. If this is your first Perry Brass book, you'll want to go back and read his other novels, especially his science fiction trilogy. But if you are already a fan of his work, then you know what kind of thrilling ride you have in store, and you'll want to stick with it until you turn the last page.
From the Publisher: How can any one book be, all at once, intensely, unashamedly erotic, spiritual, political, scathingly funny, suspenseful-and still tell a riveting story? Answer: Perry Brass would have to write it. Angel Lust, his newest novel, starts with a simple premise. There is a real reason for gay men and their lives on earth. In one form or another, they've always been here. And they'll continue to be here. Gay men can take the form of true innocents, heroes, monsters or hoodlums. They can be likable, lovable, or detestable. They can embrace others like themselves or live closeted, alienated lives. But there is a real pattern behind their meetings, matings, searchings, and at times even avoiding answers to such basic questions as: Why are they here? Where are they going? And whom will they meet once they get there?
From its first page, Angel Lust takes this premise and throws it at you - a seemingly random sexual encounter between a blond young man and a dark macho Brooklyn factory worker explodes into fireworks of sexual ecstasy. This brings Tommy Angelo, the young man, back to the bridge of Time. He will cross this bridge over and over again to relive his past life, that of the teen-age serf Thomas Jebson, in the violent England of William the Conqueror.
We learn that Tommy is an angel, long linked with Bert, now a sought-after "Daddy" among angels. Tommy and Bert are angels, but from any Hallmark greeting card. Going back to the earliest religious accounts of angels as both minions of the God-force as well as rebellious demons, Brass has taken angelology a step farther, to see an angelic presence behind all of life.
So, what are angels? Brass answers: "a thread of pure spirit." A spirit that includes-in all truthfulness-lust and naked desire. And, it includes the work they have to do-the work of healing wounded spirits and bridging the Dead with the living. Tommy and Bert have been doing this work, through various earthly "forms," for almost a thousand years. And in each spin of the wheel of Destiny, they have known each other. They have also known that lifetimes (and patterns of human behavior, "gay" as well as straight) repeat themselves forever on the earthly plane.
Negotiating time like three-dimensional space, Tommy and Bert return often to their first encounters together, a decade after the bloody Norman invasion of England, when Thomas Gebson, the son of a poor farmer, met Bert, then Sir Bertrand, a young knight from Provene, the "land of the troubadours," who were often "secret lovers of men." Sir Bertrand is called the Knight from the Land at the End of the Mountain. And what is the Mountain . . . it may be life, death, or even orgasm itself . . . that event which bring us closer to a glimmer of eternity.
Angel Lust sizzles through this glowing region of sexuality and faith, where intense Eros and spirituality explore each other unashamedly. The story of Thomas/Tommy and Bertrand/Bert, one of constant erotic suspense, introduces us to a gay cult of Robin Hood-like forest men. To robber barons, medieval renegades, towering castles and deep woodlands. Also, to a modern sexual underground where labels like "gay" and "straight" mean little. To Brooklyn factory men. Street machos. Nightclub witches. And New York real estate sharks. To political corruption and human goodness-and to the kind of gorgeous, mind-blowing erotic encounters for which Perry Brass has become justly famous.
As in his past novels, the wonderful Mirage series of gay science fiction books or later The Harvest, Brass has brought the gay novel-and the inner lives of gay men-closer to the real world, a world that is both intensely imaginative and yet filled with the day-to-day struggles of the men and women he creates and loves. Angel Lust should bring Brass an even larger audience of readers, who will find his blend of hyper-realism and mythology the perfect setting in which to capture their own dreams and feelings.
Title: Angel Lust : An Erotic Novel of Time Travel
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