The Flesh Cartel Season 1: Damnation

FleshCartel_Damnation_600x900The Flesh Cartel
Season 1: Damnation
Sublime service, made to order.
By Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

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The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies. Highly organized and frighteningly efficient, the Flesh Cartel could teach even the KGB a thing or two about breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again – as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please. No matter what your secret tastes or dark desires, the Flesh Cartel – for the right price, of course – will hand-design the plaything of your dreams.

This collection includes:

– The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture
– The Flesh Cartel #2: Auction

READER DISCRETION ADVISED

My Review:

Just as the title implies, the Flesh Cartel is a story, set against the backdrop of a human trafficking syndicate; a group that abducts and sells human beings. This, of course should be a sufficient warning for the squeamish, but to make it clear, the authors, the publisher and even quite a few of the reviewers go on to provide warnings about the non-consensual nature of the events in the book. There is violence and rape and imprisonment and torture. It’s fiction, thank goodness, but it’s good fiction, and it’s well worth what you’ll pay for it.

I think in a way it’s an off-hand tribute to the authors’ skill and craftsmanship that this book has shocked and upset people. I’m not sure how anyone imagines that such a dark world could exist without such substantial horrors. I would have found it shocking and horrible and deeply disturbing if such a dark world was painted up to be appealing and desirable. Personally, I think what most people found so shocking was their own reaction to all of the pain and suffering of the two principle victims of this heartless syndicate. But that “heartless heart” is at the heart of it isn’t it? Isn’t that why people ride roller coasters and pay good money to sit in a dark theater and jolt so hard they spill their popcorn? Isn’t it all about that reaction?

The authors take us on a thrilling ride through all sorts of horrible and terrible events. The assault and rape of fey little Dougie, the violent subdual of the lean and muscular Mat (the MMA fighter) and their introduction to the facility where they are not even considered human -they are “holes” to be cataloged and prepped for auction. In Part 2, (now included in the set) the story continues, taking us through the humiliation and auction of the brothers. The story reads as it must -it’s violent in places, and frightening too, and that’s why I love this book.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again here: Safe Sane and Consensual is the walls and floors and ceiling of BDSM in real life, but in fiction we can go, not just where we shouldn’t, but where we never would. This book will take you there, and leave you wanting more, and what better praise is there for a work of fiction?

-Jonah

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