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King of Cats (A Life in Five Novellas) 
by Blake Fraina 
Review by Mountman

     Blake is a wizard with words. King of Cats is an emotional roller coaster. As the life of Jimmy a musical artist unfolds, you actually experience; pissed off, happy, horny, and every array of emotion you can muster. Blake’s characters are fully developed, demanding, and believable.

     “What makes a person fascinating? Is it what they hide or what they reveal? Is it who they are or who they appear to be?” (From the back cover)

     Jimmy is a closeted guitarist, from London, living in New York. There are darker sides to Jimmy’s life. “King of Cats” is a story of his coming to terms with his own sexuality, stardom, drugs, and standards set by society.

     In “King of Cats”, you meet Elliot, a mysterious 20 something with issues. You don’t get to meet Jimmy until almost the end of the novella. “The Bargain” is the story of Lisa, the Recording Company’s representative. Lisa is working on signing ‘The Moggies’, Jimmy’s Band. Moggies is British for Cats. But she has a rough 

time with Jimmy and Adam, the lead singer of the band. With the title, “Kissing The Gunner’s Daughter” the mood is set in the preface. The preface is the explanation of just what “Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter” is. It was a practice of flogging enlisted ‘servant’ boys. It’s the introduction into Jimmy and Adam’s relationships, personal and professional. “My Fathers House” is Jimmy’s coming out story, the reaction to it, from the band, Adam and Elliot. 

     After getting to know Jimmy and his quirks, you get an explanation of what makes Jimmy what he is in  “Hidden History”. From the preface: “ “ Appearances deceive and this one maxim is a standing rule: men are not what they seem.” – William Havard.” This one takes you back to Jimmy’s childhood, his family life, introduction to sex, drugs, and rock & roll.  

     I hope that Blake spins more of Jimmy’s life, because, there is more to tell. I recommend King of Cats to all adult readers. There are some explicit scenes. Learn more and buy the book at Blake's website.

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