The Rescue by Derek T. Cole
Series: The Harden City Chronicles, Book 1
Published by: Offhand in July 2014
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
In Harden City, there’s a stark divide between the social and economic classes. The rich have the run of things; the poor are confined to the worst parts of the city. And for someone living in The Penn, it’s unlikely to ever get out.
Garth sits comfortably in the middle. He’s a Hunter, and his job is to hunt down some of the city’s worst criminals. His job puts him in the middle class, with a place of his own and a comfortable life.
While on a job to rescue an informant, Garth comes across Dean. Dean has lived in The Penn all his life, and he knows nothing else. But to save him, Garth needs to get him out. And he temporarily brings him to his own home. Garth’s world is completely new to Dean, but Dean seems like he’ll be able to adapt. And Garth could certainly use a friend…or maybe something more.
There’s one problem: the rich who run the city aren’t keen on same-sex relationships. To act on his feelings or to keep Dean with him would be a huge risk. And it might not be one he’s willing to take.
This is a fast-paced, action-packed story. The writing and the pacing really work well to keep the reader engaged. And the world where this story takes place is rich and vibrant. There are many layers that present themselves as one reads along.
That said, I was really disappointed with how this one ended. I know it’s part of a series, but it just seemed to stop. There wasn’t even the semi-resolution I would expect even from a cliffhanger.
But the ending aside, this is a dynamic and engaging story with some real conflict that digs at you as much as it digs at the characters.