For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.
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There should have been more disclosure in the synopsis that this was an erotic homosexual rape short story. Sure, it involves Larison, and anyone who knows this series knows his "secret" but this short story amounted to nothing more than a forcible rape by Larison of a young college male. There was nothing entertaining, enjoyable, or worth the cost of the audiobook about it.
The synopsis says of the story: "...when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening. "
Reading this, anyone is sure to think that it's going to be some shooter violence revenge. I mean, we're talking about a hardened killer, right? Beating a couple guys up, and then forcing the weakest of them all to perform oral sex on him is not my (or anyone's, I'd think) idea of "a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening."
It may be enough to make me abandon this series, and this author altogether, which would be something I regret as all his other works that I've read or listened to have been great.
But seriously... homosexual rape? That's Eisler's idea of a lifetime of vengeance??
Did I mention: EPIC FAIL?
It's quite possible turned me off from any new works by Eisler (I've already read or listened to everything currently available by him).
The performance was ok; I'm just so disgusted with the story-line that I didn't want to give any positive review.
I'd have cut the entire story...
The story of a villain
Many of the reviewers seem to not get that Larison isn’t supposed to be John Rain II or even Dox. He’s a bad dude. Just conflicted enough to show us his humanity, but you’re missing the point if you think Eisler intends this to be accepted heroism. (Though the weird rebel rock intro and outro confuses that message a bit.)
Honestly I think most of the negative reactions here have more to do with the homosexuality. Usually we get chaste homosexuality in popular media and that’s not what this is at all (though it’s mostly in the scheme of things this is on the spare side for Eisler, if you’re familiar with his heterosexual sex scenes, this doesn’t hold a candle to those). The problem is the ambiguity of scene of fellatio. It’s at knife point, but Eisler portrays victim as a closeted homosexuality who is more dazed at his own self revelation than coercion. Which is....a double standard, frankly. Eisler would never write that scene with a woman even in the same villainous context. So granted that.
(NOTE: If you think a college student is a child then you should have more of a problem allowing them in war, right? Not an original argument, no, but it always blows my mind the hypocrisy.)
Anyway, the point is Larison serves back what a trio of “fag bashers” meant to reign on him, which is as sympathetic as we get with Larison. Because otherwise he’s still the villainous rogue he has has been in the other Eisler novels.
I’ve noticed a couple things recently on Audible concerning Eisler. He has a huge fan base with a hefty portion of those who Eisler seems to be increasingly aware of and to not like and trying to be shake away. It’s hard to imagine this Larison story as not having been intended to piss-off a section of Red Staters who don’t aren’t sensitive to nuances of social and even political leftism that Eisler presents as objective fact (like America is in its twilight, as the villain in the Dox short says....maybe Eisler doesn’t believe it, I don’t know, but it jives with what seems to have been some of his views presented in Detachment).
I don’t agree with some of what is presented, but who cares? I would never just read things I only agree with. And I’m glad Eisler is becoming the kind of writer who doesn’t mind losing readers to say his truths or present provocative ideas.
- Bradley P. Valentine "Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work."