by David Ellis

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BN ID: 2940045192941
Publisher: Tenth Street Press
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 370,737
File size: 290 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Ellis has worked in the UK's National Health Service for 25 years as a consultant liaison psychiatrist. He was an undergraduate at St Peter's College, Oxford and then a research scholar at Worcester College. His first foray into print was when writing on music technology to supplement his medical school grant. He has written books on medical computing and using computers to make music. He co-authored a book and software package to teach anatomy to medical students. He enjoys painting on large canvases and making sourdough bread. He lives in North London with his husband and two cats. He doesn't eat meat and has a personal trainer.

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Captive 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
David Ellis’s “Captive” is a dark, sensual book that tells the story of Ben and Hugo, recently married in London and ready to start their lives together—until their lives go horribly off-track. Ben is the rich, successful playboy, good-looking and with a tendency to stray; Hugo is quieter, still handsome but happy working in a museum and away from the crowd. They decide to honeymoon to Cape Town, South Africa, and while their vacation is near idyllic at first it quickly plunges into a nightmare.  While Hugo is distracted by the amorous attentions of a hotel staff member, Ben disappears—he’s been kidnapped, and is being held hostage for one million rand. His captors send videos of men degrading Ben sexually as he is bound, submitting to numerous BDSM encounters.  While in many stories the narrative would wrap up at the point where Ben is (or isn’t) rescued, “Captive” continues, dealing with the aftermath of such trauma and how it affects everyone in the book—leading to a shocking twist that’s also a little heartbreaking.  I can’t say I would recommend “Captive” to everyone, because as readers have noted the sex scenes are very graphic and appear frequently throughout the novel—if you are offended by such things, the book might not be for you (in which case check out Ellis’s other very good and less explicit novel, “If Looks Could Kill”). However, if you don’t mind adult content and are looking for a fast-paced, well-plotted suspense novel, then give “Captive” a try. 
meghanrye600 More than 1 year ago
On the outside, Ben and Hugo’s relationship seems to have come straight from a gay fairytale: both exceptionally good-looking and well-endowed, the two are living the best years of their lives amid adoring friends and family (except for Ben’s mother, that is). But on the inside, their partnership isn’t strictly monogamous: having newly married, they spend their honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, where the sun and the stunning vista and the atmosphere of rarefied romance promptly open them up not only for passionate marital sex, but also to consummate extramarital ones. It’s all so good, until Ben—the fun-loving flirt—disappears and is subjected to such jaws-dropping physical and sexual violence by shady characters with what turns out to have been a long-drawn-out agenda.  Yes, as an erotic fiction, ‘Captive’ has a great amount of sex scenes—although expertly and deftly written by David Ellis. The gratuitous sex scenes—some with a touch of BDSM, a ‘fetish’ made recently very popular by EL James’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’—are breathtaking and work really well as part of the story. Despite the comparison to ‘Fifty Shades’, however, ‘Captive’ is by all means a superior book in its own genre, mainly because of the sheer seasoned quality of Ellis’s writing—the confidence and literary grace is evident even when Ellis is describing brutally violent scenes like an impassioned observer. And of course, let’s not forget the humor: Ellis’s sense of humor cracks up in places you’d never expect it to be, like comic relief, appearing in sudden one-liners or a tongue-in-cheek description. “Sprinkled” subtly like the expert finishing touches on a masterpiece, the element of humor is just a delightful bonus to a novel that already is brimming with irresistible qualities.  ‘Captive’ is a well-written tale with a believable story arc that Ellis succeeds in using as a powerful literary device. The setting—Cape Town—is also rendered so vividly that you could almost feel the sand in your feet. It is an emotional meat-grinder, a suspense-mystery of sorts, that ends with a surprisingly satisfying climax that will leave you wanting to read for more. Fortunately, David Ellis has written other books, so if ‘Captive’ merely gave you a hankering for more David Ellis, just go visit his Amazon author page for more of his books. This one deserves five stars, no less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago