This was just excellent. Thank you so much for sharing.
From: Avery11 Date: 03/22/2011
This is a wonderful story, well researched and absolutely gripping. The character assassinations carried out with such heartless precision at the McCarthy hearings have always infuriated me. I had however, forgotten about the Lavender Scare, which was equally destructive of innocent lives. I love that you made this modern day witch hunt central to your story. And I love even more that our heroes, Napoleon and Illya, became the deliverers of Divine Retribution to the bigots. Brava! Avery
From: Kiwi Bird Date: 02/28/2011
Your premise is clever and unique and certainly historically relevant. And your initial setup was very clever: Napoleon being interrogated, with an eye to hunting Illya, and Napoleon realizing, as a result of the interrogation, some things about Illya that he'd never really examined before. Illya's clever way of deflecting the investigating agents was also good, and Napoleon's subsequent fall was all the more devastating for Illya's escape.
However, there were a couple of places in the story where things seemed implausible or awkward. When Illya and Napoleon met up in their safe house, it's possible that they'd get as far as confessing their mutual interest, but Napoleon's lack of previous experience, and the stress of the investigations, would probably prevent them from engaging in anything too strenuous/ambitious in the bedroom. Also, later, when Illya's blackmailing Black and White to get them to release Napoleon, it seemed like he was talking too much and working harder than he had to. Wouldn't just one picture of him kissing one of the agents do the trick? Why the overkill?
All that having been said, it's definitely a good story. :) Thanks very much for writing and sharing. And for the book recommendation.
From: lgvu Date: 02/13/2011
Excellent story; I didn't realize that homosexuals and 'loose women' were also targeted. Very good characterization. Please write more!
From: Molly Cate Date: 02/03/2011
Just a couple of things ... the House Unamerican Activities Committee was disbanded before 1961 although the thinking and attitudes expressed there continue today (nothing like the 21 Century to clear things up) ...
And, Jesus doesn't get credit for the 'glass houses' quote ... I think that might have been Confuscious (geeze, how do you spell that?) ... Jesus said, "You who are without sin cast the first stone" ... same idea though!
Fabulous story ... more, please ... and thanks!
From: sparky955 Date: 02/02/2011
Thank you SO much for posting this. Slash with an actual, interesting plot. I appreciate how you kept the guys "guys" without making one "strong" at the expense of the other being "weak". A very, very well-crafted story. Please post more of your work.
From: paulaH Date: 02/01/2011
I really enjoyed this story. Would love to read more from you.