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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Unbound Books (January 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1893006328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893006324
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,357,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's nothing better than sitting down with a book and getting a surprise. When I started The Iron Hand, I thought I would get another book with sex scenes strung together with a thin plot and cardboard characters. Mark James blew me away. Where's he been? This is hot male/male erotica and S&M and fantastic writing all piled up in one. He leaves you breathless. The sex scenes are great. He doesn't use a whole bunch of words that hide what's going on. The writing is lean and clean and he gives you a thrill ride you'll never forget. Listen: This book is for anyone. It's not just S&M or erotica or male/male sex. It's a love story, about two men who fall in love in a brutal world. If you're looking for a really great S&M book or just a really good read, or writing that grabs you and pulls you through the page right into the story, this is it. The Iron Hand is a great surprise from a new writer who's definitely here to stay. Two thumbs up. Way up. Keep it comin' Mark.
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From the first page I was swiftly swept into a dangerous and fascinating time set on New Earth, where every man is a master and owns a slaveboy like he owns the sword he carries at his side.
The writer magnificently unlocks the mysterious, unrelenting dark obsession of a mercenary warrior who is determined to own the irresistible boy slave he took for his own. Mark James explores the profound realm of master and slave love and unlocks the key that had remained hidden until now. Never has such a provocative and in depth look into the heart of man love been offered in this genre. The characters had a persistent life of their own. I felt as if I were walking on the archaic cobblestone streets. I felt the heartbeat, fear and passion of the characters with every turn of the page. Don't miss this fantastic read!
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By A Customer on May 22, 2004
In the Iron Hand, get ready for pulse pounding action, adventure, and a great read. Mark James has taken erotica to the next level of excitement and entertainment. With this fantasy/erotica book, he blasts onto the scene of male/male erotica in a way that no writer I've read has been able to accomplish. His writing style is fluid and puts the reader right in the middle of the action. The first page grabs you and doesn't let go until you turn the last page of the last chapter. The closer I got to the end, the more I dreaded that last page. I can't wait for part two of this incredible adventure story. The characters are hot, the action blows you away and you just don't want it to stop.
Thank you Mark James for giving us intelligent, well-written gay erotica.
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Mark James writes with a passion that draws the reader deeper and deeper into his dark world of fantasy between the pages of The Iron Hand. If I had to choose just one word to describe this book, it would be relentless. From the first page to the last, the book grabs you by the seat of the pants and takes you on a ride you'll never forget. There's no let up in this book. It builds and builds to a towering crescendo that has to be experienced to be believed. Gay erotica has never had it so good. Don't miss out on this underground best seller.
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I had read one of this author's short stories and went on a mission to find this book. My copy states that there is a part 2 and 3, which if they were ever published, I WANT them. Book 1 ends with a definite, but satisfying, cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more.
The story is not for everyone. If you're squeamish about homosexual sensuality or S&M/BDSM, then this book definitely isn't for you.
If you're open to new experiences and like a good love story set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, then I'd recommend this book. The sex scenes are VERY graphic but sensual. The descriptions of the settings and Alternate Universe are well rounded. The two main characters, Metri, a rebellious former pleasure slave with fears of abandonment, and Rulan, the mysterious brutal/gentle mercenary with a painful past that rescues then trains him, are described to the point of becoming vivid depictions by the second chapter. You begin to understand their moves and motives and both characters are engaging, flawed, but sympathetic. By the second chapter I was rooting for their bond to grow into one of love and permanency.
My only complaint would be that sometimes the POV changes swiftly with no warning. POVs from un-introduced characters come in quickly with no set up, but as these are background characters then the time to fully introduce them would take time from moving the story along. In reading his later works the author has learned to smooth out these transitions.
Prior warnings aside, this is a great book and I'd highly recommend it to the intended audience.
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