By William Maltese
William Maltese's latest novel is a tour-de-force wonder of erotic adventure. The approach to story-telling could be likened to the "1001 Arabian Nights" or perhaps to Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales". The tale of teenaged "Slovakian Boy" Pavel is narrated by some 17 first-person story-tellers who by turns give their takes on this incredibly alluring and beautiful teen hunk from Slovakia.
At first the observers tell their stories about Pavel as they observe him "at work" just being sexy or beautiful. And Pavel does stay busy. Very "busy!" The observers naturally want to get together with the boy, but they don't, they just get the joy of "watching". But what a show Pavel puts on for them (and for us!!) The story tellers (even Pavel's little brother Willie) become so erotically charged from mere observation that their enthusiasm often erupts into a mad sexual adventure separate for the inspiration provided by Pavel himself.
Classmates, teachers, neighbors, foreign businessmen, old, middle-aged, young, very young, it doesn't matter. The sheer sensuality of Pavel turns everyone into a dizzy sex machine unable to control natural urges. And the adventure is great fun! Each adventure experienced by the reader in the end has him smiling, physically exhausted, satisfied, and amused. And needing rest! That Mr. Maltese's sheer inventiveness and powerful skill in getting it all down on paper for us to enjoy is the mark of a master.
I would guess that Mr. Maltese is an ex-patriot American or perhaps a Brit living in Europe, perhaps in Slovakia himself. The local characters that people the story, the names, even the short snippets of the Slovak language ring true and make the story not only sexy and erotically charged, but interesting and authentic.
The reader who enjoys fast-paced erotic literature is sure to love "Slovakian Boy." It is one book that may be read several times before being placed on the "To Keep" bookshelf in the reader's library.
Bravo, Mr. Maltese! I can't wait to see what your Scheherazade mind comes up with next in your delicious career as one of the best novelist of this genre of literature.