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Series: Pandemonia #1
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: MM, Science Fiction
An intergalactic war turned the Earth into a veritable wasteland. Survivors fled for a new life in the stars. The ravaged planet was renamed Old Earth and became the Pandemonia Penal Colony. It is a dumping ground for murderers, thieves, and political dissidents among others.
It is the year 4035. Dr. Swane Fox, a behavioral scientist, is determined to study the population of Pandemonia. The good doctor grew up on a planet devoid of conflict, a very peaceful people and he’s driven to learn what causes such violent tendencies. Because a particular group of scientists have a stranglehold on the comings and goings of the penal colony Swane has forged papers to spend time as a convict on the planet.
Dropped planet side everything goes wrong from the start. He wakes up in the hovel of a man called August whose temper runs hot or cold at the drop of a hat. August is quick to point out how naïve Swane was to think he could study the people living there. It is a war zone and everyone is out for themselves in Pandemonia. Secrets are the currency and the doctor is certain that August is loaded. Falling for the gruff prisoner is making the situation both worse and better to handle. Too soon Swane will be forced to leave without the mysterious man he’s come to love.
Author Darcy Abriel pens an edgy, dark tale in Fortuity which explores the human will to survive. Readers are plunged into a bleak reality where right and wrong sometimes count for little. Swane and August are polar opposites. They have a sensual, contentious relationship that somehow works in this story. A unique setting, fascinating characters, and a chilling plotline is told in Fortuity, the first book in the Pandemonia series.