Publisher: Soren Summers
Length: 245 pages
Tags: Dystopian. Horror.
Steam Level: 2
Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. All in a day’s work at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting the human form by any means necessary. But even corporations make mistakes. Sometimes the path to progress is littered with corpses.
It’s up to Jarod Samuels to keep Vertex’s hallways pristine and safe. He’s quiet and unquestioning, the perfect mix of tight lips and loose morals. But Jarod’s been looking the other way for five years. Scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster.
Then a handsome young maverick named Gabriel Anderson joins Jarod’s department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mouth. He’s infuriating but intriguing, as brash as he is beautiful, and almost enough to keep Jarod preoccupied. Almost.
But between workplace hazards, psychic sociopaths, and a mysterious formula that alters the human body, Jarod’s doubts are surging strong. Should he stay with the corporation, or run like hell? This is Vertex, after all, where the walls watch with glass eyes, the laboratories groan with secrets – and employee termination ends more than just careers.
Running is vital in waste management. It helps to get you to the scene of an incident as quickly as possible. It also helps when you’re running away from the situation, or anything in the vicinity that might want to destroy, eat, or borrow your vital organs.
His eyes fall on the pastry in Lopez’s hand. Jarod has never wanted to make love to a croissant before this moment.
“We have a runner on level twelve. Runner on level twelve.” Jarod purses his lips. Sixty minutes, that’s all he asks.
Running is what he’s good at. Except maybe the extra pizza he likes to eat at home may be showing, but there’s this gold plaque at his old school saying he’s the best. Plus his workmates tell him he’s the fastest garbageman at Vertex. Suddenly a newbie named Gabriel is there running faster to the level 12 runner than Jarod, and not only is this dude faster and kinda smug but he’s also intriguing. Hooked baby, reel me in!
There’s all sorts of stuff happening in Monster, medical test subjects and beings with psychic powers who have meltdowns, kids who should be at school but are having experiments on them hoping to get well. Cameras everywhere and other department arseholes. Teddy is something else and I like Robbie. Maybe I shouldn’t have liked Teddy so much but he’s pretty amazing in a cray sorta way.
A bit of down time occurs between the action so you get to know the 2 guys. There’s time where Jarod’s thinking about Gabriel and what he’s doing, does he have the hots for him or is he using him? Gabriel is flirty and Jarod doesn’t know whether to trust that because Tash from high school did a number on his trust. His cock says yes but his head says Gabriel could be like bad Grindr hookup #10. Jarod and Gabriel might have started out as competitors but they get tight, but maybe Gabriel’s hiding something, and maybe Gabriel just likes Jarod. Jarod gets inside his own head about Gabriel’s motivations and we’re already inside his head. For the most part of Monster it has an uneasy feeling which keeps you feeling on edge, along with some blood and guts and horror and plenty of action and a little bit of fucking.
Wet lips close around the head of his cock and a warm tongue pushes up against the slit. Gabriel’s mouth makes Jarod feel like his whole body is coming, and he digs his nails into the wood to stop from collapsing.
His teeth clamp down on his knuckles as he offers muffled thanks to the two or five or twenty other practice cocks that taught Gabriel’s mouth to become the happiest place on earth.
The Wrap Up –
I had this recced to me and I’m glad I took my time to read it. I like ideas of futuristic worlds and how people have their own vision of what might be on its way, there’s no date stamp on when this is set but it seems like sometime in the near future. I had chills up my spine as I read so there’s a cool creep factor to it, Soren Summers gets ordinary dudes and throws them into a world of complications. I don’t know how Jarod did as good as he did for his first 5 years at Vertex because he’s pretty kind in a weird way, but I guess he’s uncomplicated and doesn’t overthink most things, except he does overthink being close to Gabriel. Then he’s a bit WTF? What does this mean? Gabriel’s like a terrier dog, he bounces around and latches onto things without thinking it all the way through. He seems pretty confident but he needs some tummy rubs too 🙂 Like a terrier he can just go for it half arsed and hope it will work out. You put a guy who’s a basic unit with a guy who has reasons to turn stuff upside down in a creepy workplace and you get Monster, and Monster is all kinds of epic!