FRENCH COLLECTOR'S BALL THE RICHEST TICKET IN TOWN
Plantation owner and rare art collector Pierre Perron will once again host a who's who of the world's glitterati at his annual masked ball in Venice. Held at Perron's private palazzo on the banks of the Grand Canal, the party is one of the hottest events on the social calendar. Attendees include everyone from European tycoons to A-list Hollywood stars, all of whom send traditional Venetian mask-makers into a creative spin.
"The masks give a sense of danger, a sense of style and personality," says Perron. "I usually know exactly who is behind which mask, but every year I'm guaranteed several surprise guests will pop up. This year I'm expecting my ball to go off with a bang!"
What did he just say about the ruins at Ankor Wat? I missed it again. Damn I have trouble concentrating in this class: you would too if you had an archeology professor like Nathan James; if he'd done to you what he did to me last night after tutorial.
I'm watching him know as he walks from one end of the lecture stage to the other, passionately talking about King Suryavarman II and his reign over 12th century Cambodia. But all I'm hearing is the sound of his hot, passionate breath in my ear. He's only thrity-two - young for a professor - and damn he's handsome. You know, in that rugged, academic kinda way. Hell, the thought of him is makin' me hard all over again!
I push back in my chair now. My legs need the room. I feel myself tightening the grip on my pen, pushing harder on the paper now, as I imagine Nathan's bare stomach pressing against my back. I close my eyes and I imagine his strong arms wrapped around my naked torso. I take a deep breath and I can smell his skin, warm and brown and glistening. I tilt my head back and open my mouth, and I can taste his tongue on my lips. I groan softly and I can hear -
"Will, perhaps you'd like to answer that question for us?"
Shit! God! I feel a rush of ecstasy between my thighs as he calls my name! I snap my pen in half. My notes end up all over the floor. And suddenly...
...the entire lecture hall is looking at me!
I'm panting, my face flush. I quickly scoop up my notes and place them over my suddenly wet, bulging crotch. The jeans ain't hiding anything! And all I can do is offer up a feeble, "Question? What question was that, sir?"
Nathan smiles knowingly, then continues with the lesson, adequately amused. Yet I can't help but notice the bulge in his own jeans.
Liberdade Rebel Leader Natalya Zarkovsky has once again eluded Russian Federation forces in the latest effort to capture the notorious civil war criminal. While the majority of her fellow comrades were killed in an air strike fifty kilometers north of the old war port of Karosta in West Latvia, self-proclaimed General Zarkovsky escaped without trace.
For the past five years, the Liberdade Rebel Forces have killed and maimed over 300 innocent civilians in their attempts to shift government policies in Russia and assert their own authority.
It is feared that 32-year-old General Zarkovsky - an ex-officer in the Russian Air Force - may now heighten the level of terrorism already demonstrated by one of the world's most nefarious rebel armies.
Other sources report that Zarkovsky has formed an allegiance with infamous international terrorist Caro Sholtez, whose crimes against humanity ended with his incareration at Laptev Strait Prison, located in the barren icy landscape of Northern Siberia and home to the world's most infamous criminals.
In the meantime, Russian Federation forces continue the hunt for Natalya Zarkovsky.
Well I’m back in Australia now after a wonderful, whirlwind tour of San Francisco launching THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS and I want to say a big thankyou to those bookstores that made me feel so welcome and at home! If you’re ever in the San Francisco area and need a good book, you won’t find a nicer bunch of people than the folks at BOOKS INC and A DIFFERENT LIGHT in Castro, as well as Eric’s awesome book nook BOOK ZOO in Oakland. By supporting these guys we can help keep independent bookstores alive and thriving!
I am writing to inform you of my new posting to the United States Embassy in Cairo. I will be dedicating myself to our international relationship with Egypt for at least the next three years, and will be unable to visit you in that time due to my commitment to affairs of state.
I hope this letter finds you well, and I hope, after my last correspondence, that your grades have improved. I have provided you with a first-class education, William. If you cannot appreciate the opportunities I've afforded you, then perhaps you will have to make your own opportunities. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but never forget, I am your father.
Please pass on my regards to Felix. Remind him to polish the silver in my study; the chess pieces were a gift from the Ambassador of Kenya.
Ah, San Francisco—a city filled with the crank and grind of constantly traveling cables; the New York of the west coast; a city that has grown up gay and is proud of it, through good times and bad.
My book tour for THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS began here last night, with my first appearance at Books Inc in Castro (special thanks to Gregory for making me feel very much at home!) However I arrived in San Fran four days ago to get my bearings, enjoy some down time and walk from one end of the city to the other (God, my ass hurts! And no, it's not what you think...it's those hills!)
But the best part of my arrival here was discovering that THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS had just hit #2 on Amazon's Gay Fiction Top 100! Champagne, anyone??
The Master has taken a liking to me, and I to him. He sees a greater need for me now, I am more than a servant who fetches his wine when he is thirsty and breaks his cheese and bread for him when he is hungry and too drunk to paint or sculpt. He sees me now as his companion. His friend. His lover.
Two nights ago, for the first time ever, he asked me to pose for him. One of the greatest artists of our time suddenly took me by the hand and pulled off my tunic. I was carrying a tray at the time, and the half-empty chalice crashed to the floor, spilling wine like blood on the stones. But Videlle did not care. He took my jaw in his large, paint-stained hand and turned my head this way and that, then said, "I have never seen your beauty before. Why is that?"
I stammered my reply, "S-s-sir, I am not beautiful. M-m-merely dutiful."
My Master smiled. "I will make you dutiful indeed." With that he tore off the remainder of my clothing and stood staring at my naked body. His wide palm, his outstretched fingers, traced invisible strokes along the curves of my torso - down my chest, my trembling stomach, my unashamedly aroused cock. He squeezed the shaft of it gently in his hand and a groan escaped me. He played with my balls, he pulled at my cock, he slid his fist up and down my aching dick until my eyelids slid shut and my head rolled wildly on my shoulders and the hot stream of my manhood spilled into the red sea of wine at my feet.
When he was done, he did not release me. Instead he held my still-hard cock tight in his fist and listened to my breathless sighs, and whispered in my ear: "You are the one. You are the one I shall use to create the most daring, sinful work of my career."
"I affirm the fundamental goodness of sexuality in human life, both as a personal need and as an interpersonal bond." So begins Dr Dick's philosophy that covers sex, happiness and fulfilment. This smart, witty, understanding and entertaining man has been giving advice and helping others on every topic of sex for more than 25 years.
Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of being interviewed by Dr Dick to discuss THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS and my views on sexuality, erotica and pornography (among other things). Needless to say we had a blast! The podcasts will be up in the next week or so for everyone to listen to. In the meantime, check out Dr Dick's website - it's great!
www.drdicksexadvice.com or just click the link on the right menu bar with his handsome face on it! (Sorry Richard, I pinched your pic off your site!)
It's been such a long time, I've missed you terribly since last we met. The work I was doing in Istanbul led to the opportunity to lead an excavation at a site in the Turkish desert, thirty miles south of Ankara, which is where I am now. I hope this telegram finds you well, and I hope it finds you swiftly and safely. I have urgent news.
Recently one of my apprentices unearthed a stone tablet with inscriptions on it I cannot identify. On this dig so far the most we've managed to find is pots and urns and the occasional spearhead. This stone is by far the most significant find of the excavation so far... and yet, Max, I am keeping it as confidential as I possibly can.
Max, I believe it may be one half of Zefferino's Stone.
I know this news will mean something of tremendous importance to you. I also know that you are not the only one aware of its significance. I will keep the stone safe and secret and await your reply, my dear friend; I hope this news reaches you before someone else finds out its whereabouts. That is my gravest fear.
DRIVE SHAFT 2: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE - OUT NOW
Buckle up as Jensen and Hutch race for their lives!
THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON - OUT NOW!
Treasures, Traps, Muscles and Maps! The boys are back—but this time it's personal!
THE SEVENTH WAVE - OUT NOW!
The second installment in THE PEARL Trilogy
DRIVE SHAFT - OUT NOW!
The Fast and the Furious meets hot and horny gay action!
THE PEARL - OUT NOW!
A tender coming-of-age gay romance set in Australia's dangerous and beautiful Top End
Praise for FATHOM'S FIVE
"Muscles, maps, tombs and traps... filled with fun characters, cinematic adventure, wicked villains, clever twists, deadly turns and cliffhangers galore... I can't remember the last time I had this much fun!"
"It's Gay Raiders of the Lost DaVinci Code... I loved it...!"
"Rollercoaster adventure full of steamy sex, heart-stopping action sequences, and the best part is the story! It reads like a bestseller, only the leading men are gay and out for action..."
"Filled with gorgeous men and lightning-paced action..."
"Remarkable... In the first three pages of RIDDLE I actually I knew this is something else, it reads like Davinci Code, believable, with integrity, something I can imagine on the big screen..."
"Prepare yourself, because you are about to be taken on a non-stop, no-holds-barred adventure that will keep you balanced on the very edge of your seat..."
"Gay novels just went to a whole new level..."
"Imagine The DaVinci Code meets James Bond meets Indiana Jones meets Charlie's Angels...sweeping the reader on a whirlwind journey across three continents and countless clever edge-of-your-seat escapes..."
"The Fathom's Five novels open with a bang and don't stop..."
"This is great adventure...fast-paced, erotic, exicting..."
"After finishing THE CROSS OF SINS I didn't see how it would be possible for Geoffrey Knight to rachet up not only the tension and action, but to add another steamy and crazy-fun layer... Not only did he do it again with THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, he totally blew the series out of the water...!"
"A thrill-ride from start to finish..."
"Erotic gay action with real plot...!"
"The story sizzles with fun, sex and adventure. I could not put it down..."
"I have said several times that good erotica is very difficult to write and it is rare to read it. Geoffrey Knight writes good erotica and he titillates..."
"The plot is totally believable, the characters are well-developed and the sex is very hot..."
"This is gay action at it's best...!"
"Eat your heart out, 007, we've finally got not just one, but five hot gay heroes of our own! And these boys get their men in more ways than one...!"
"Bring on the next Fathom's Five adventure right now please!"
THE CROSS OF SINS - OUT NOW!
Hot hunks and non-stop action! Join Fathom's Five on their first adventure in search of the Cross of Sins!
From palace-hopping across the Rajasthan Desert to sleeping in train stations in Bulgaria, from spinning prayer-wheels in Kathmandu to exploring the skull-gated graveyards of the indigenous Balinese tribes, Geoffrey Knight has been a traveler ever since he could scrape together enough money to buy a plane ticket. Born in Melbourne but raised and educated in countless cities and towns across Australia, Geoffrey was a nomadic boy who grew into a nomadic gay writer. Fathom's Five is the result of watching too many matinee movies in small town cinemas as a child, reading too many Hardy Boys novels and wandering penniless across too many borders in his early adult life. He currently works in advertising and lives in Paddington, Sydney, and can't wait to buy his next plane ticket.
Professor Fathom is a man with a dream: a dream that all gay men and women will one day share the same rights and respect as everyone else. It's a dream realized through his quest to obtain ancient treasures, right age-old wrongs, and uncover the truth behind some of the most dangerous mysteries of all time.
Now in his sixties—and rendered blind by an accident almost 40 years ago—the fate of Professor Fathom's quest lies in the hands of five daring gay thrill-seekers: Luca da Roma, an Italian model and art expert; Eden Santiago, a Brazilian biologist; Shane Houston, a Texas cowboy; Will Hunter, college quarterback and ancient history major; and hunky New Yorker Jake Stone, adventurer-for-hire.
Steered by Professor Fathom's wisdom and driven by his passion to uncover the deadliest of secrets, Fathom's Five—as they have become known—will stop at nothing to solve these ancient mysteries, unearth vital treasures, follow the clues and bring justice to the world!
Who is Jake Stone?
Although born and bred in New York, the world is now Jake Stone's playground of mystery and trouble!
At 28 years of age, Jake has scoured the planet uncovering ancient relics and rare artefacts, hired by merciless millionaires to build their own personal collection, expanding the wealth of their priceless belongings. But now, under the guidance and wisdom of Professor Fathom, Jake is about to understand the true value of belonging.
With a furrowed brow of bravery, a glint of glory in his piercing blue eyes and one determined hand clawing at his spikey black hair, Jake Stone is about to plunge headlong into action and adventure—and if Professor Fathom has anything to do with it, he'll be the latest addition to Fathom's Five!
Who is Dr Eden Santiago?
Born and raised in the slums of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 27-year-old Eden Santiago rejected a life of crime and corruption on the streets to put himself through college, becoming a doctor in not only biology, but also genetics. His studies also make him an expert in botany and toxicology.
Sensible and sexy, grounded and gorgeous, Eden has proven himself time and time again as Professor Fathom's right-hand man. Professor Fathom entrusts Eden to keep the team together; he has often considered Eden a younger version of himself—calm, collected, clever and calculated in his approach to their missions. Yet Eden possesses a compassion that may one day be his downfall.
With his shimmering brown skin, his heart-melting Latino tongue, his trim shaved head and his perfect body, Dr Eden Santiago is the cornerstone of Professor Fathom's team.
Who is Shane Houston?
His short-cropped blonde hair peeks out from under his cowboy hat, his mouth is always twirled in a cheeky grin, and his manners are impeccable: Shane Houston is the essential Texas gentlemen and animal lover... with a bad boy's love of action!
At 25 years of age, Shane is a renowned cartographer with a sense of space and distance considered uncanny by many... but handy to the Fathom's Five team. After leaving his family ranch (and his beloved mother, Gertrude) at the age of 18, Shane moved from one ranch-hand's job to another until Professor Fathom caught wind of his unparallelled cartography skills.
With a heart as big as Texas—and a sense of fun and adventure to match—Shane Houston is Fathom's Five's untamed cowboy with compassion! It's time to hold on tight for a wild, wild ride!
Who is Luca da Roma?
Twenty-six years ago, a baby boy was left in a basket on the doorstep of the convent of Santa Maria del Mare in Tuscany. There was a note pinned to the baby’s blanket explaining that he had no name and was a bastard child, born in the ghettoes of Rome. Around his neck was a small crucifix on a silver chain. No markings. No engraving. No clue as to who this child could be.
When the kindly Sister Eva discovered the baby on the doorstep, the morning sun was shining on the child's face. She took him in, and the three nuns living at the convent named him Luca da Roma—the Light of Rome.
Over the years, Luca proved himself a good boy and a good student. As he grew older, he became interested in history and art, until the day finally came when he left the convent and headed for Rome.
In the years that followed, he questioned his sexuality as many times as he questioned his faith. He was a handsome young man and made enough money to live, modeling for the struggling artists of Rome. There were times he did more than model and made more money. Then one day—seeing his knowledge of history, his love of art and his passion for men and for what was right—Professor Fathom took Luca under his wing.
Now, with his tussled brown hair, his catwalk looks and his timelessly beautiful Italian Renaissance body, Luca da Roma is himself a work of art... and one of the greatest assets in Professor Fathom's team.
Who is Will Hunter?
College is a bore... unless it helps 19-year-old Will Hunter solve some of the deadliest secrets in Archeological History. When he's not on the field earning his stripes as a College Quarterback, Will is being tutored by his hunky Ancient History Professor, Nathan James. And what he learns behind the closed doors of Professor James's office - with his pants down and his legs spread - Will puts into practice, solving deadly mysteries and finding the clues to ancient relics lost or hidden for thousands of years.
Always ready for action, the blonde tussle-haired student is the son of a wealthy diplomat—Charles Hunter—who has left Will to grow up under the guidance of his loyal butler: the prim and proper and much-loved Felix Fraser.
Born with a need for speed (on his hot Ducati motorcycle) and undeniably the bad boy of this sexy bunch, Will Hunter is without a doubt the wild child of Fathom's Five!