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Eldot, a simple cipher, is a nom de plume. Eldot is retired, and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life. Mother Nature has been kind to him in most respects, but he has lots of grey hair and a modest pot belly. The illusion in his mind that he is still in his thirties persists—if only his carcass would cooperate. But his physician happily reports that physically he is fifteen years younger than the calendar reports, so there’s still time for play.
In order to dodge the draft and avoid the Viet Nam war, he took an occupational deferment to teach Drama and English in a public high school. The interminable nature of the war and the draft lottery kept him in that occupation so long that he stayed there afterward, having been quite successful. Why change a good thing? The refuge had morphed into a career.
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on Feb. 21, 2011 :
What a wonderful surprise this book is. I'm not sure what I expected, but this went way beyond whatever that was. The characters are so well drawn and engaging, I feel that I have known them all my life. The maps and index make it easy to keep everything clear. This way there is no bogging down the story with too much information.
As an erotic novel, I was expecting the first sex scene to come much earlier. I'm glad it didn't. It was much more believable and intense as a result. No pulp language gimmicks, either. Each erotic scene is carefully and lovingly constructed, and each is unique. That makes this book very hot where it counts.
The writing style is original. It is smooth, artful, yet simple. Nowhere did I feel that I'd read this before. I felt drawn into the scenes as if I had been there. It seems spontaneous, but it is cleverly and invisibly engineered. There is a lot of good humored fun, and surprises. The title itself is a rather daring joke.
I was sorry it was over, in a way. But the prospect of reading part two takes care of that. It's better to do that instead of having it too long. This way I get a break, and I really want to get started on the second volume. If the others are as good as this one, WOW.
This is not a pulp fiction throwaway. It's a quality work, one that I want my own print copy of. This is one of those I want to read again and again.
Two thumbs up, certainly. Five stars. Hurry up and release the second book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)