Mel Keegan Wing
NARC # 1 Deathís Head by Mel Keegan Review by Mountman/Joe Wright
Deathís Head was first released in 1991. It has been re-released in 2004, complete, unabridged, and uncut. The only thing that is different is that Mel has updated certain technical elements. I first heard of Mel Keegan in 1994, when a friend gave me a copy of NARC # 2, Equinox. I wrote Mel through his publisher, Dreamcraft, to tell them that I was going to review it. They were kind enough to send me Deathís Head to review. I would first like to thank them. I would also like to tell you that I decided to review them in order.
Now, on with the review. Reading Deathís Head was like reading a flashback of old
friends, Jarrat and Stone and how they became lovers. If
you are a Sci-Fi fan this is a must read. Jarrat and Stone are co-captains on
the space-carrier Athena. NARC stands for Narcotics
And Riot Control. The Narcotic that they have a drug war against is Angel. Angel
is a drug that will kill you within a year or two. Itís like a sexual trip.
Once itís got you, youíll do anything for it. And I mean anything. Does this
In Melís world, same-sex relationships are treated, as they should be
in real life, Accepted and Natural. Jarrat and Stone have been
working together for the past 2 years. NARC has rules about two officers having
an intimate relationship. Both Jarrat and Stone have kept their relationship as
professional as they could. That is, until the drug war takes them to Chell, a
piece of rock in space that humans colonized years ago to mine the planet.
As our story opens, there is a syndicate that runs the Angel business.
And Jarrat is in the heart of it; he is undercover, acting as a king shooter for
the syndicate boss Hal Mavik, while Stone is on the Athena supervising the
Jarrat makes a grave mistake and is almost killed. He is saved by Evelyn
and her brother Simon. After shopping Evelyn and Simon come upon the battered
body of Jarrat, who is more than half dead. Much to Simonís dismay, Evelyn
decides to help this stranger. Why, because, ten years ago she and Simon lost
their brother to Angel. They take Jarrat to a Dr. friend of Evelynís. He does
a lot of repair work on Jarrat but he is still in danger. His brain is terribly
damaged. The only thing that she knows to do is take this stranger to another
Dr. friend of hers, Harry Del. Harry is considered a queer. Harry is human in
every way, but he is a mutant that has special abilities. He can go into a
personís mind and repair damages.
Stone goes against all training and when Jarrat disappears, Stone goes
after him, all across Chell.
Well, I think I have given you enough to intrigue you. One thing that I have to say is that I like the way Mel shows that after Same-sex couples are no longer treated as queers, society finds another difference in people to ostracize. Buy the book, you wonít be disappointed!
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