First Watch by Peter Hansen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Available in ebook only.
I think it took me longer to figure out if I liked First Watch than to read it. This book was a fantastic quick read that held my attention chapter to chapter. It’s a fairly odd book that I think a niche audience will enjoy and the rest of the world will shun. If you like creepy situations with light sex with a sprinkling of romance in an all male cast, then this book is for you. For everyone else, including me, I don’t know. I feel like this book was missing something. But I must say:
An open mind and high tolerance are required to read this story, because squid sex is weird no matter what books you like.
The captain was an addicting character – my favorite scenes involved him. He’s a unique villain , since he is actually some sort of octopus or squid. Every time he gains a life-time servant, he grows another suction-cup limb. His submarine acts like Davy Jones’ ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, only the crew members are still mortal in First Watch. Edouard has it especially bad. Not only is he stuck for life serving on a submarine, he is forced to be the Captain’s sex slave. Understandably depressed, Edouard asks his friend (ex lover?), Ruiz to help him escape by killing the Captain.
I wasn’t convinced if there was romance between Edouard and Ruiz or they were bros that needed sexual relief. It didn’t feel as if the romance was given enough time to develop properly. The rest of the story was good. I’ll definitely read more by this author.
Do you want to live? In the darkness of a WWI battlefield, young Legionnaire Edouard Montreuil lies dying. As teeth nibble his flesh, a voice whispers, Do you want to live? Frightened and desperate, Edouard bargains his freedom for a second chance.
Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine captained by the nightmare who granted Edouard new life, Edouard pays the price for his survival. Each night, he gives his body to his captain as the bells sound first watch. But surviving is not living, and as the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard grows desperate for escape.
Can Edouard’s old comrade Farid Ruiz help him break this devil’s bargain, or will Ruiz fall to the same fate, trapped beneath the waves at the mercy of a monster whose hunger knows no bounds? Edouard and Ruiz served together once before, and slept together too, but courage and passion failed to save them from the eldritch beasts who roamed the night. This time, the cost of failure is nothing so clean or simple as death, and the spoils of victory are not just life, but love.
This book appeals to fans of dark fantasy and horror gore genres.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.