RISING SUN by M. J. O’Shea

RISING SUN by M. J. O’Shea
Rising Sun
by M. J. O'Shea

Published by Loose Id Genres: Fantasy, MM
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Lisa

In the years after war irrevocably changed the Earth the city of New Seattle lived under a seemingly permanent black cloud.  Divided into levels, the wealthiest and most powerful living highest at Cloud Level, mid range became Metro Level, and the poorest barely surviving at Bottom City.  Those condemned to the outlaying ruins didn’t last long.  People were classed into family Triads such as the Dragons or Phoenix at the top and trickled down into other named groups from there.  Forced to rely on vitamins and supplements because the sun is never seen, the wealthiest are the healthiest.


Twins Castor and Pollux Kovalenko are Dragons, cousins of the Dragon Triad leadership.  Not involved in their families politics or power plays the twins spend their time dealing drugs and entertaining the rich.  When their cousin Lynx, son of the family boss, goes missing Castor insists on making inquiries.


The more Castor digs the more mysteries are uncovered.  It seems that Orion, son of the Phoenix leadership is also missing.  Fate then drops a clever pickpocket into Castor’s arms.  Jaffa Sharp is annoyed and impressed that Castor caught him, but when all is said and done the two discover that working together leads to important answers.  What they find makes Castor’s life a total farce.  As their world falls apart the only thing real is what a powerful Dragon and a lowly pickpocket feel in each other’s arms.


Rising Sun is an emotionally fraught drama.  Twists and turns vie with mysteries and revelations throughout Rising Sun.  This new world has a fascinating hierarchy where strength doesn’t equate to designated level.  Castor and Jaffa couldn’t be more different until righteous integrity comes into play.  A thrilling plot, great characters, and the hope for a better future shines in Rising Sun.

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