It’s a political time of year, so I present to you a political book: Mind Fuck (The Administration #1) by Manna Francis.
Set in dystopian New London, Mind Fuck’s Europe is controlled by the mirror-mirror European Union. The Administration is a giant bureaucracy with legal torture used to subdue the masses. Furthermore, private sector isn’t much better, with corporations sabotaging each other in the worst ways.
“There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys. One of the worse guys is Val Toreth.”
Enter Val Toreth, literal sociopath torturer-for-the-state/sex addict.
He missed some seriously important emotional development as a child, so he’s not concerned about his livelihood. Toreth is an all around terrible person whose only apparent redeeming quality is that he looks like a model. He also does…other things like a porn star.
“One of the better guys is Keir Warrick, a corporate director.”
While attending a lecture on Computer Sim Technology for The Investigation and Interrogation Division, Toreth happens upon Keir Warrick, co-founder of Simtech, and decides he needs to get with that. Unfortunately, Warrick is pretty smart and figures out Toreth’s deal almost immediately. Doubly unfortunate, this knowledge is not enough to keep him away from his kinky bedtime companion. Although Warrick seems to hate Toreth for a good part of the book, he comes back to him every time he’s feeling frisky.
In the meantime, Toreth is assigned to investigate a death associated with Simtech. As Simtech is incriminated in what appears to be a murder, Toreth and Warrick find themselves working together in more than just the fun way. It would seem there’s a conspiracy to make Simtech fail before it can get off its feet…
This book is dark and gritty.
It’s not nearly as sex-focused as I anticipated, given that the Administration series sort of famous for being the first in a gay BDSM series. It reads more like a mystery thriller with some saucy scenes on the side. If you’re wondering about the implications of a sociopath with a license to torture stalking Warrick, you’ may want to know that it is 100% as creepy as it sounds.
What makes this book interesting is how complex the characters are. Toreth isn’t your typical TV drama sociopath. He’s complicated, unaware of how tortured he is, and not really evil but certainly not good. Warrick is clever to the extreme but driven by carnal desires that threaten to destroy him. They probably seem incompatible, but their flaws seem to fit together in all the right ways.
If you have an interest in psychology, gay
romance smut, conspiracies, and dystopian futures, this is the book for you. Best yet, you can read it for free on Manna Francis’ website! (Though I do suggest supporting the author by purchasing the book if you liked it)
Mind Fuck is a B book for me, and it’s not my favorite in the series. That said, I do recommend reading it so you can read all the rest of the Administration series!
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