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Writer, philosopher, spoken word artist, I’m a synergist who combines ideas from diverse fields to explore new paradigms. I wrote the Darren Braid series to try to bridge the gap between erotica and reality. Erotica always seems to portray an idealized version of dominance and submission, where dominants are virtually all-knowing, and submissives are all happy and fulfilled. News programs and crime dramas seem to do the opposite, only showing women and children being abused and exploited. But in real life, the positive and negative exist together. People enjoy healthy D/s relationships because they learn from other people's bad experiences. I'd never seen a story that brought both sides together, and I thought it would be interesting to explore the coexistence of positive and negative relationships.
on Nov. 20, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book. It is more of an erotic novel than a thriller, but it has an interesting plot that goes well beyond an excuse to string together sex scenes. Overall, I found this to be a nice balance of story and sex with the sex scenes fitting the plot rather than the other way around.
I would be interested in reading more from this author, particularly a sequel.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2011 :
TL;DR: It's a good book if you like male-dom EMC stories and you should buy it.
I thought it was quite good, and a very good value for the money. It is exactly the sort of thing that people who like that sort of thing will like. And I mean you. Buy a copy.
That being said, if you're particularly interested in law enforcement, you might not like the way FBI agents are portrayed in this book. They're not evil or corrupt, but they're not FBI agents.
Now the good stuff:
1) The story was believable and engaging. I thought the main character was easy to identify with for a person who's into male-dominated EMC, which I am.
2) Very good sex scenes.
3) While the power of hypnotism was somewhat overwrought, for obvious reasons, the author obviously has a good grasp of the fundamentals of how it works and why it works and it was smoothly integrated into the story.
4) Generally the book was literately written and pleasurable to read. The story wasn't just segues for sex scenes even though there were plenty of those.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I found "Redemption for the Hypnotist" to be an insanely hot read. I would certainly read a sequel or another story from this author. There's a little something for almost everyone in this story. So go ahead and download. Just be prepared to wonder where the time went.
(reviewed the day of purchase)