Book Reviews

Executive Benefits by Thirteen at Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-January-2013

Book Blurb

Jeremy was only a drone, a mere cog in the wheels of Talon Industries, born and bred to janitorial servitude. That was, until the day he accidentally looked an executive in the eye and the executive looked back. Barrie Talon was a prince of the world, born and bred to run Talon Industries. Yet, for all his wealth and power, he felt alone; people saw only his executive suit, not the man in it. That is, until the day a drone dared to look at him with desire. Two men are at opposite ends of the world in almost every way, but can't stop wanting each other.


Book Review

In a story reminiscent of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the futuristic society in this book revolves around people "bred for their work". That way they are more efficient, and happier, because they cannot wait to do their jobs. As scary to a freedom-loving person of the 21st century as it is fascinating, the author takes the idea of being trained for your purpose in life a lot farther than today's world would be comfortable with. An interesting additional detail is that the workers and executives seem to be company-specific. It is very consistent in the way the author describes it, including some of the behaviors and mannerisms both the very top executive and the lowest-level drone display.

Jeremy is a drone, trained to do the most menial jobs in the company – and be happy about it. He doesn’t want to be noticed, and is considered a piece of office furniture. Totally dehumanized, he is actually submissive enough not to want anything different. Except where the new top executive, Barrie, is concerned. In his case, totally unexpected, Jeremy sees the man, not the executive, and he can’t take his mind off him.

Barrie, even though he is at the top of the pecking order, so to speak, is just as much a prisoner of the system as Jeremy. Yes, he may have more personal freedom, but he is expected to do his job, and do it well, just like Jeremy. He has been taught not to "see" the drones, and yet he does. And once he notices Jeremy, he cannot forget the man. For him, once he has recognized what Jeremy means to him, the solution is easy.

If you like stories about futuristic societies, if you enjoy reading about men who discover the unexpected as they get to know each other, and if you're looking for a short read that will make you forget the present as it envelops you in a vision of the future, you will probably like this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 12000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-December-2012
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