Title: The Tekashi Effect
Author Name & Publisher: John Charles (Manifest Vision Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 11, 2015 — 46 pages
The Tekashi Effect is a short story about a young man’s journey journey to self discovery and love.
“It’s just not fair,” said Erek putting down his half-eaten sandwich. “Look at them,” he said, pointing to two of his friends as they walked into the café. They were arm-in-arm as they made their way to an open table. “Damn, it’s just not fair,” repeated Erek.
Erek felt his life had lost meaning. He was tired of shallow one night hook-ups. He wanted more. He wanted Love, like he saw with most of his close friends.
He balked when Rachel, his childhood best friend, told him about The Tekashi Effect. “The Tekashi Effect? It sounds like another scam” said Erek.
“How can wearing a green stone on a necklace and talking with some guy for an hour solve my problems?”
“You have nothing to lose and much to gain,” the elderly Asian explained. “I guarantee it will change your life.”
Thus began Erek’s journey. The Tekashi Effect was more than a solution for Erek’s dating problem and Erek was soon to find out how much more.
This book was a hard read for me. Not because of topic or plot, but because of writing. This is what I would call very “young” writing, meaning not a lot of experience in how to show a story. If I hadn’t been reading this for a review blog, I probably would have put it down after the first page.
The plot, however, is quite intriguing. There’s a paranormal element to this story, although I hesitate to classify it as paranormal. With the stone, the story takes on a mythological/spiritual aspect, which was rather interesting to me.
I didn’t not connect to the characters at all. We are bogged down with information about Erek and his likes and dislikes which is all told rather than shown. It’s constantly repeated. He’s really the only POV we get to see, and that makes sense in a short story. There are times when the narrative randomly switches POV to Lance and Rachell.
This story is instalove. They meet and within two weeks are declaring their undying love and moving in together. It takes awhile for the real plot to take off, the Tekashi Effect to come around, and for the scenes to actually happen.
Overall, this story could have used the help of two editors, one for content and development was absolutely needed, and a second pass for line editing. This book was barely three stars for me, but the plot was one I hadn’t read before (the Tekashi Effect part), which is the only reason it bumped it up.
Through the years I have enjoyed reading gay themed novels.
Initially I read the typical romance – man meets man, falls in love,
and lives through the conflicts that same sex couples faced.
I started writing gay (male/male) themed novels, using my pen name
John Charles and never looked back. I enjoy the romance aspect that
only two men can have. I find developing a character that is passionate
about his life and the life of his lover is a turn on to many readers as
well as to me. So I try to develop that passion in my books and endeavor
to make each character special.
I was hooked when I discovered the gay themed suspense thriller. I couldn’t
get enough so I took the next step in my writing career. I began writing gay
themed mystery, action adventures.
The plots in my novels come from real life situations. I have always believed
that real life is more interesting than anything a person could make up. So I
listen, keep my eyes open, and let the world give me the ideas that make my
stories believable and interesting.