The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1

The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1

by EG Manetti

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Overview

A woman in trouble. A ruthless warrior with a hidden agenda. A society where honor is revered and trust a dangerous luxury.

Raised to wealth and privilege, Lilian's future was shattered when her father was convicted of terrible crimes. By law and custom she should have followed him into death to redeem her corrupt genetics. Desperate to avoid execution for crimes not her own, Lilian accepts an indenture contract with a powerful warrior. For three years he will have total control of her body, will and intellect.

Lucius Mercio commands one of the most powerful Cartels in the Twelve Systems. As clever and ambitious as he his ruthless, Lucius' wealth, influence, and power are place him among the elite of the warrior caste. It is not enough. Lucius intends to take his Cartel to unimaginable heights with the aid of Lilian's brilliance. He faces only one obstacle. Lucius must keep Lilian alive.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016394442
Publisher: Buniac Entertainment, LLC
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Series: The Twelve Systems Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 58,936
File size: 602 KB

About the Author

The Cartel is E.G's first published work. She works in IT and writes as often as possible. When neither goes well, she cooks exceptionally and gardens adequately. E.G. resides on the East Coast of the USA with her beloved (and often confounded) husband and their severely OCD Jack Russell Terrier.

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The Cartel, The Apprentice Volume 1 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
%0AThis+is+like+the+slightly+sci-fi%2Fdystopian+version+of+the+contemporary+%27alpha+CEO%27+with+a+dominant%2Fsubmissive+vibe+romance+stories.+Only+in+this+case%2C+the+CEO+leads+a+cartel+%28which+in+this+slightly+sci-fi+world+it%27s+more+of+a+co-ruling+business+group%2C+not+a+crime+ring%29.%C2%A0Oh%2C+and+the+heroine+is+sort+of+temporarily+a+literal+slave%C2%A0%28aka+%27apprentice%27%29+to+the+cartel+leader%2C+complete+with+sex+requirements.+In+this+world+apparently+it%27s+totally+accepted+as+a+way+of+paying+off+%27debts%27.+Messed+up%2C+but+it%27s+shown+as+somewhat+consensual+in+this+book.+It%27s+hard+to+explain.+But+it+wasn%27t+particularly+disturbing+until+I+found+out%C2%A0%28view+spoiler%29%21%C2%A0%0A%0AThe+good+parts%3A%0A-+smexy+times+%28if+you+ignore+the+dubious+consent+at+times%29%0A-+corporate+intrigue+plot+that+has+some+open+ends+that+will+lead+into+the+next+book+presumably%0A-+heroine+is+intelligent+and+she+gets+to+show+that+off%C2%A0%0A-+heroine+has+platonic+friendships%2C+including+the+opposite+sex%0A-+part+of+the+the+heroine%27s+family+is+still+alive%2C+imagine+that%3F%21%0A%0AThe+%27meh%27+parts%3A%0A-+You+can+totally+skip+the+intro+faux-history+paragraphs+that+each+chapter+starts+off+with+%28once+you+get+past+the+%22apprentice%22+rules%29%2C+they+are+completely+unnecessary+to+the+story%0A-+the+language+is+oddly+formal+like+something+you+would+expect+to+see+in+a+legit+historical+romance.+There%27s+no+usage+of+%27ye%27+or+anything+like+that%2C+but+the+slight+language+difference+is+still+definitely+there.+I%27m+not+completely+sold+on+it%2C+but+it+is+an+interesting+choice%2C+I+will+give+it+that+much.%0A-+the+sci-fi+setting+is+pretty+weak+so+don%27t+got+into+this+expecting+much+depth+in+that+department%0A%0AOverall%3A%C2%A0I+actually+enjoyed+this.+I%27ll+definitely+pick+up+the+next+book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worded porn. No thanks. DMB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars, rounded up to 5) Ms. Manetti's world building is heckin impressive. Like, "I wanna pick this author's brain about her outlining skills" impressive. Everything about the Twelve Systems, from its layered history to multiple religions to complex social structure among the people who reside there has been built from scratch. And it's important that you keep that in mind as you read; this is not our world. Though their society is far more technologically advanced than that of present-day Earth, the Twelve Systems' commercial Cartels that run this world (along with the Governing Council) are more like quasi-monarchical capitalistic authoritarian(ish) entities than what we would call "companies" or "conglomerates". And Lucius Mercio oversees his own powerful Cartouche, Blooded Dagger, like some "devious, clever, ruthless, demanding" king we might recognize from Earth's past. Actually, "oversee" isn't quite the right word. Our hero pretty much rules the place. This power dynamic between Lucius and the heroine Lilian is why I urge readers to remember this isn't our world. This is a world where humans can choose to be kept as property in exchange for things such as ensuring a better life for yourself and loved ones back home, to Lilian's situation--an alternative to "The Final Draught", or execution by poison as punishment for the crimes of her late father. You may be asking, "What say you?? I thought this was a romance!" And to that I would explain, the series may evolve more into love story territory as it progresses, but in book one, its genre is more along the lines of high brow Sci-Fi Erotica. "She owns not the slightest understanding of nuance or custom." -- Lucius spoke this of Lilian, but it could be said for me as well. I've always been wary of power imbalances between heroes and heroines, so I'll admit that I was hesitant to even consider warming up to Lucius. Some revelations and certain actions as I got to know him made me feel even colder toward the preeminent warrior, or "milord" as he is to be referred to by Lilian. But the author managed something quite remarkable. As "nuance" and "custom" about the Twelve Systems is revealed to the reader, my frustrations and all-around saltiness toward Monsignor Mercio thawed considerably. As Lilian does, I also began to look forward to the times she was to attend to milord. ;) And this is some feat, considering I tend to balk at anything even close to BDSM territory. Which this technically isn't, but the D/s elements are most definitely there. In addition to the sexy sexytimes, there's also an intricate mystery involving industrial espionage and sabotage. Intrigue that came to light thanks to the very clever and ever-resourceful Lilian. The corporate conflict that plays out serves as a successful counterbalance to the many erotic scenes between Lucius and Lilian, and along with strong secondary characters, made for a read that I know will stick with me for some time.
Sapphire More than 1 year ago
Sexy Space Opera with a strong heroine and sexy alpha male. A little slow to get started, it left me eager for the second book.
Cat2002116 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). I found the blurb of this book to be really intriguing, but I have to say, when I started reading it, I was a bit confused about the world and what was going on there. The idea about a whole family having to sacrifice themselves for the crimes of one member was a really interesting one and I did find Lillian to be a well-rounded character. I could empathise with the way she was trying to just get through what she had to and how she was suffering because of what her father had done. I wasn't really that keen on Lucius as a character. It didn't come as a surprise to me that he was married, but that did lower him quite a bit in my estimation... as did his attitude towards Lillian. There were times I felt really sorry for her and I could definitely understand how Rebecca felt about Lucius. I was a bit confused by the different kind of bonds there seemed to be. The society was obviously an already-established one, but although there were bits and pieces about the history at the beginning of each chapter, it didn't really explain much... or anything about what the warriors were actually supposed to do. It did seem a bit strange that there was only one character who actually voiced the problems with the society and that a lot of the people inside seemed cruel at worst and self-centered at best. I did enjoy reading about Lillian's relationship with her sister, though I had difficulty understanding her mother and her role in the society. There was some explanation provided as to why her mother and sister weren't forced to go through the same thing as her, though, which was good. I did notice that the book kept slipping between present and past tense, which was quite confusing at times. It was also interesting to see how Lillian kept up her mantra and tried to help the other Apprentices. And I liked seeing how they had to deal with the limitations placed on the world and society. I was confused about the whole counterfeit thing and various other things that were mentioned in the book. I did find it fairly quick and easy to read, but I did struggle to see Lucius as one of the good guys.
neznanka More than 1 year ago
*I receive this book  in exchange for honest review.*  I honestly don't know how to review this book.  It's a little confusing and completely different from anything I have read before. It's science fiction , erotica, light D/S,  futuristic,...  Main character Lilian  is likable, and so is Lucius but, ( He is married and don't plan to divorce I think) and that is big let down  for me.  I recommend you to read this book and and make up your mind.  I will probably read second book  to find out the rest of the story.