It’s 1870 in San Francisco's Chinatown; a
dangerous assassin roams the streets doing his duties in
blood. A remorseless killer, whose job is not only to get a
simple message across – but also to get it across by pain,
nothing is too twisted for him, and no one can stop him, no
matter how hard they try. Who is this man? His name: Dan Kao
One of Shu’s assignments is to deliver
a message to a man who hasn’t been paying his dues.
Reluctantly, Shu goes to Denver to pass on the message in
blood and pain. But what Shu doesn’t count on, is meeting
Toshiro Itou. Toshiro’s mother sent him to America to meet his
father. The man he thought was dead up to the previous year.
Being shipped off to the small town doesn’t gel well with
Toshiro, until he meets Shu by chance. The unlikely pair hit
it off - whilst Shu is amused with Toshiro’s determination and
ambition, Toshiro falls for Shu’s killer instinct and lust for
blood. The more time they spend together, the stronger their
bond deepens, to a point where it’s just them and no one else.
Toshiro’s mother Ume Itou is sent to
Ren Yang, Shu’s boss, as repayment for her husband’s debt.
What Ren doesn’t expect is to fall in love with this woman.
Together the pair go through their own trials, lastly leading
to Ume finding her son and trying her best to save him from
the crazy assassin Shu.
Dao Kun Shu and Toshiro make their
retribution with bloody hands, a journey that spirals from
admiration, hate and love.
Silk and Poison is a dark
tale that might not take everyone’s fancy. The writing itself
is very well written. The language and the sex scenes are both
very disturbing and arousing at the same time. I think the
authors did a good job portraying a genre to a broader section
of the e-book audience. I think the character of Shu was
absolutely enticing and scary. He is one, crazy man - but at
the same time it makes me wonder what made him such a ruthless
killer. I would have loved to see some flashbacks of his life
when he was younger, just to get a taste of his life growing
up. But I think that’s just me being greedy. I also loved
reading his philosophy on life, and how easy it was for him to
break bonds…and people.
I was totally taken with Toshiro; I
thought he was one feisty character. So very mouthy, and he
had an attitude to match. But he was also clever and knew how
to take care of himself. I loved reading about him especially
when he was with Shu (which was all the time, mind you). I
adored how, he made Shu seem like the ‘Master’ and that he
needed Shu, but it was easily interpreted that it was Shu that
needed Toshiro more. I love the mind games between these two,
and how they teased each other. Seriously, someone give me a
There was another story interwoven into
Shu’s and Toshiro’s, and that was about Ume (Toshiro’s mother)
and Ren Yang (Shu’s boss). I think it was rather interesting
to read, Ume was just like her son - and they both have a
deadly personality. I also liked reading about Ren, he was
very much understated in the story - but you could see where
his loyalties lay, and you couldn’t blame him. As the story
grew between Ume and Ren, their relationship was a delight to
I think the authors did a wonderful job
with this book it is deadly and precise. It really means
business. It has foul language, and fouler sex. But if you’ve
ever watched Kill Bill (and loved it) then you’ll enjoy
the bloodshed in this book. The authors seem to have gone out
on a limb, and decided to do something different in both the
gay and straight fiction world, and I congratulate them for
writing a book that has a solid plot, with enticing
characters. If I have any complaints, then it would this book
is probably still a little too tame for my standards.
But I’ll take whatever I get. Silk and Poison
is truly a wicked tale.