Before or after reading this book, it's worth it to check out Ann Vremont's bio because she is one interesting lady, even if she herself doesn't have Masters Degrees in Robotics and Cognitive Science like her female protagonist. It's tough to know which of the many hats she's worn contributed the most to the creation of this particular story--but when you get down to it, that question is really between Ms. Vremont and her muse.
Adonis 5000, the publisher notes, was previously Beauty and the Geek. In this version, our players are Dr. Arlissa Spence, her boss Segrin Cayce, and the robotics project Arlissa is working on, the ADNS--Advanced Defense Neuro System, i.e. the Adonis 5000 robot. The interactions between the key characters are loaded with a truckload of erotic tension, an Agatha Christy's worth of suspense and a twist worthy of a new generation O'Henry. It fulfills all the erotic promise that you would expect from any ordinary piece of erotica.
I'd like to say something here about short stories. Short stories are short. They're not short because they are little books with stuff taken out. They're short because they are complete the way they are, even if they do leave you hungering for more. Especially when they leave you hungering for more. And Adonis 5000 does just that. There's a POV shift here that lifts this from being a great story to a brilliant one. All I can say is that in this, its second incarnation, this story is a little gem that should not be missed. And Ms. Vremont is a talent who should be watched because there can be no doubt that from her pen, there are great things to come.
Reviewed By Maitresse
© March 2005