Worth More Than Words

Michael Barnette
Worth More Than Words
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
November 2015
Action/Adventure Romance, Alternate Universe, Erotic Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Jin Donovan, code named Topaz, is a psi-talented hacker, a technomancer with the power to enter the electronic world found inside computers and most electronic devices.

Recruited to the Organization—a clandestine group dedicated to protecting the world from crime syndicates—right out of college, Jin is their top technokinetic. He teams up with Damon Champion—known within the Organization as Steel—a sometime assassin, bodyguard, and biokinetic.

The pair find themselves mutually attracted and give in to temptation after they conclude their mission successfully. But attractions like theirs aren't approved of in their line of work, and Jin cuts Damon off immediately.

Unfortunately, being an operative for the Organization isn't a safe profession and Jin vanishes without a trace. Now it's up to Damon to find Jin, the man he's fallen in love with, and rescue him from his captors… if he isn't already dead.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 04, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
Where is the rest of this story? WORTH MORE THAN WORDS brings us into the creative mind of Mr. Barnette. His cyberpunk stories always appeal to me. This one is a bit lighter on the techno/cyber world building than previous ones by him.

Jin and Topaz are agents working for a covert agency known as the Organization. This is a mix of criminals given a second chance and agents with an impeccable record. Jin Donovan and Damon Champion are examples of this dichotomy. Fans of La Femme Nikita will enjoy this story. This tale carries a similar vibe.

The world building in this story is mediocre. The different factions are hinted at and left unfinished. The plot is okay with a Mission Impossible style ending. The conflict which is Jin needing to be rescued is the problem for me. There are speculations as to why Jin was taken. This thread is left flapping in the wind. This story felt incomplete, as if we only reached half our destination and then decided to go no further. This is disappointing.

I do enjoy the techno concepts with Jin as a technomancer and Damon as a biokinetic. These enhance the story and I wish there was more exposure to the different types of psi-powers. What makes this story good for me is the romance and the characters. Jin and Damon are both admirable characters. They are easy to visualize and like. Their relationship is forbidden which makes it more stimulating. The fact that their relationship does not seem to impact their work directly or indirectly is a missed opportunity to further develop the plot. The sex scenes between the two are sweet and amorous. It is fun to watch Damon express his softer side towards Jin. This erotic romance is recommended for m/m readers who enjoy a bit of cyberpunk.
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