After “The End,” Sergeant Cliff Roman’s rag-tag unit trudges in the sweltering heat on a pointless mission. One in three people worldwide has already died of the virus, but troops are sent to likely hotspots to collect biological samples. In the shadows of Mayan ruins, Private Dustin Huang is a fish out of water, drafted into hell. A skilled, artful ballet dancer, Dustin finds a little solace in the enticing form of his Sergeant. Death itself seems to stalk the unit as they near the purported entrance of Xibalba, the Mayan Underworld. But a royal presence from antiquity intervenes to help save the mortals and usher in the next cycle for humanity. What mysterious force pushes Cliff and Dustin together?
A wonderful short read
Private Dancer shines with jewels in a dun-colored background. The dystopian future is bleakly and skillfully drawn. The characters, especially those of Cliff and Dustin, however, and the story of their progress in love, is both quietly exciting, unlikely in so many ways but will come to matter deeply to readers in the end, as it has to me. Isnt it always so that the outcome of a love story is always larger than it’s small beginnings? Read: Private Dancer.