During this age of the COVID plague, when it feels like the world will be forever changed no matter what happens, it seems like a particularly apt time to present the final installment of Kyler Fey’s strange and outlandishly erotic science-fantasy “pulp” serial Commander Jace and the Unsuitable Boys. This last of the serial’s ten volumes ushers in what will be a whole new world for its inhabitants, and then leaves us on a somewhat melancholy yet greatly hopeful note.
This final episode jumps back and forth through time, and it opens with a scene set one year after the events of Episode #9. It’s not much of a spoiler to reveal—since it’s made clear during the first few pages—that Commander Jace has disappeared and left his cadre wondering what their future holds. Young Patrick, now the nominal Commander of the lads, is determined to find their leader. After this opening scene, the story flashes back to the final moments of the previous episode, when Braden was in deadly peril, and we get to see what happened to him next.
The ten books in this series have each had their own peculiar structure and even their own genre flavors, ranging from techy sci-fi to supernatural horror to planetary romance—and there was even a “pandemic” story in Episode #4. This final volume is quite unlike its predecessors in the sense that the front half of the book is quite plot-heavy and is concerned mostly with conducting a lot of long-overdue “housecleaning” with regard to the Unsuitable Boys’ arch-enemies. Readers of the series who are there not so much for its long story arc but just for its pornographic gay sex scenes may find this section of the novella somewhat trying on one’s patience as one waits for a proper jerk-off scene. But one should not worry too much: the book’s second half rewards patience by moving the story along to its conclusion through a series of explicit sex set-pieces as good as many of the great ones from the earlier volumes.
Also of note, Kyler says in a short afterword to this final Jace story that, while he does not intend to write any sequels involving these characters and their storyline, he would be delighted if other writers felt inclined to play in his fictional universe.
Below is the blurb from Amazon and a link within it to the new release. Consider checking out Kyler’s author page, too. In addition to the ten-episode Jace series, he has several other standalone titles, including a number of weird and wild “auto-fictional” fantasies, an erotic memoir and a collection of short pieces. We will also have another thick paperback omnibus collecting the second five installments just as we did for the first five, but its release is still a couple weeks away.
The book, like all the others in the series, warrants a content advisory for explicit sex and continual references to recreational drug use and alcohol consumption.
When last we saw the so-called Unsuitable Boys, Braden was in peril—caught in the claws of their arch-enemy and running out of time to complete his mission. Meanwhile, Commander Jace is busily gathering allies among the winged men of Mars and their prince…and also the bizarre vampire lord of the Moon and his preternatural sons. In the background of all this tumult is the deadly fact that very soon the transaetheric blast from the A-Star, prophesied in drawings and paintings by Ethan, will rip through the solar system. There is so much at stake all at once—so much existential threat—that one would assume that these famously lusty lads would have no time at all to spare upon indulging their ravenous and insatiable libidos. That would be an incorrect assumption. Here now is the final episode of COMMANDER JACE AND THE UNSUITABLE BOYS. Their world will be changed forever.
THE QUEER INVADERS FROM SPACE brings to a close the strangest and most gay-erotic science-fantasy pulp serial ever. Check out Kyler Fey’s author page to find the first nine episodes of this story and several other items of speculative gay male literature from his capaciously libidinous imagination.
This book is a novella of about 21,000 words and is the tenth in a series.