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The Trust

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Eight years ago, Jake Anders was a college kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Then Trace Michelson recruited him into The Trust, a CIA-backed agency whose "executives" eliminate rogue biotechnology operations. Trace was everything Jake ever wanted in a man: powerful, brilliant, and gorgeous. But Jake never admitted his attraction to his mentor, and Trace always kept Ja ...more
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Published June 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
3.5 stars

Expect espionage, futuristic technology, alternate reality, evil plots, and lots of mindfuckery.

This is a Bourne-like psychological spy thriller where the two main characters just happen to be gay and share a connection. It's an action book first, a romance second (don't expect a lot of steam here; there's almost none).

Trace's grandfather founded the Trust, a biotechnology corporation that is associated with the CIA. Jake is one of Trace's young recruits. The men never even kiss much
May 25, 2012 Calathea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when it still was a Bleach fanfic. Liked it a lot! :)
There's nothing better than some Renji-Byakuya-goodness... ;)

Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This wasn’t what I expected, although I’m not sure why. It was a good SF story, with a bit of fantasy crossover, IMHO. The romance was intriguing. The technology was interesting and the plot intriguing enough to keep me reading.

The opening scene promised more than the book delivered, though. There wasn’t enough suspense, danger, life & death situations, for a real thriller. I mean, there were a number of them but most were really short.

A number of times, the wording is written so that the
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was a fascinatingly complex world filled with danger, deceit and suspense. I was pulled in almost from the beginning with AIs and Sims and nanobots. At times, it felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book and I honestly loved it.

It's about Jake who was inserted with a Sim, which enhances his already dangerous abilities and makes him faster, stronger and more deadlier. His talents go farther than just physical skills because he has the brains to understand all the tech talk a
H.B. Pattskyn
Jun 17, 2012 H.B. Pattskyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I genuinely enjoyed The Trust. It doesn't fit neatly into any single genre category, and that I think is one of its strengths.

The Trust, is one part science fiction novel, one part political/espionage mystery, and one part romance. The Trust (the fictional organization for which the book is named) is a government agency working under the auspices of the CIA, whose primary function is to keep tabs on foreign governments and private companies who use (and abuse) biotechnology. When somebody cross
I think I would call this a 4.5 star book. The first half of it, I wasn't sure at all what I was reading or where it was going or who I was rooting for but by the end, the authors deliver. It's like nothing I've read in the M/M genre so far... but then I saw from other reviewers, it started out as Bleach fanfic so maybe that is why. I don't know what Bleach is - but from a Google search - it's some part of the manga genre. And, for me, manga is a totally foreign concept - literally. I was better ...more
Michael Halfhill
Ever hear of SIMS chips? How about nanobots, or simulation chambers where the surreal becomes real? Well, get ready for some new vocabulary when you read "The Trust" by Shira Anthony and Verona Keyes.
Meet agent Jake Anders of The Trust. Jake is your average next-door neighbor. He’s an expert scientist and works hard at his job. He goes to the gym, rides a motorcycle for fun. He goes camping with friends. Jake is also an expert in black ops, and an expert killer. Jake is single, and he’s in love
Cari Z.
Jun 18, 2012 Cari Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd call this a sort of near-and-dear sci fi novel, with technology that's close enough to real to be fairly easy to swallow, and that deft touch was the standout strength of this book to me. In fact, I loved the world-building in this, the Trust and its people and nomenclature and pretty much everything about it. The plot was exciting, the heroes had fun skills, the technology was great...but something wasn't quite right. On reflection, I think it's the interpersonal interactions.

From the very
John Amory
The Trust read, to me, like a gay Bourne Supremacy (though the gay part is mostly kept on the backburner for the first half or so of the novel). It's a quick, enjoyable read. The writing isn't at the level and speed of most thrillers, so the pace sometimes dragged. Jake isn't really a fully-defined character, and I found myself more interested in him because of that; but at the same time, it's strange to not really know who the protagonist is.

I also found myself disappointed in the organization,
Shira Anthony
May 17, 2012 Shira Anthony added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My third Dreamspinner Press release, co-authored with my good friend, Venona Keyes. "The Trust" is a gay romance, contemporary spy-thriller/mystery with lots of action.

Jake Anders is a sexy secret agent/spy working for an agency that is supposed to be making the world safer from the threat of biotechnological weapons. He has a secret of his own - a microchip or "Sim" implanted in his body that is something like a Google database in his mind. The Sim is based upon the life experiences of Jake's m
Tamara (M'rella)
What Plainbrownwrapper said.

I can't believe this is by the same author who blessed us with Stealing the Wind.

Just a little warning for all of you, who is thinking of buying or reading this book:

This is a Bleach fanfic with Renji/Byakuya pairing. Not a very good fanfic at that, either. More reason for some fanfics to stay fanfics.

DNF-ing at 45%, which I am rating 1 star.
Kristy Maitz
Jun 28, 2012 Kristy Maitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
I have to admit to be surprised how good that book was.

From the starting point till the end I really had great time reading.

Plot pulls you in and main character Jake keeps you with him till its ends. I recommend the book to everyone who want to read a book with good story plot.
Aug 26, 2016 Jacq rated it it was ok
It's so hard to say anything without giving the plot away....(thinking) well if you like a futuristic , Zen, yin ~ yang mystery, type read. This is clearly for you.
4.5 stars
Jul 10, 2012 L-D rated it really liked it
Jake Anders is a member of the Trust and was "recruited" by Trace Michelson, the Trust leader as an untested street punk. Jake respects and admires Trace's power, skill, and intellect but can never get close to the man. When Trace is murdered, however, being implanted with a Sim chip with Trace's essence in it allows Jake to learn more about the man than he ever did when Trace was alive.

This book had a lot of action and excitement. The espionage and the technology were well-written in my estimat
Jun 25, 2012 Lady*M rated it really liked it
3.5 - 3.75 stars

The book started strongly, but then lost its momentum in a game of cat and mouse between Jake and the bad guys who were revealed far too soon. The fast moving action was great, but there wasn't enough "breathing space" for the characters to fully develop or us to get to know them. There were some great ideas here and the authors managed to surprise me a couple of times (just when I was about to give up because "this is just too crazy"), but, although this is romance too and it's
Aug 19, 2015 Meggie rated it it was amazing
I decided to re-read few book on my favourite shelve and The Trust is one of them. An Excellent story. Story worth to be re-read at least once a year!

2012/June/2 - 5 star rating
Wow this mystery story is simple amazing! The main plot was so well developed, staged and written, I can only say, DAMN, it was worth reading it. All the main characters were interesting and real. Their emotions were well integrated with the story. Trace and Jake were amazingly pulling characters. I really enjoyed this or
Jun 22, 2012 Leaundra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was more adventure than romance it had love in it but much more heavy on the adventure. This book had everything in it and it kept you guessing all the way through. It had spies who were "bad" but were really good or some "good" who were really bad. It had science fiction, cool geeky stuff. Just a really good book that took off running from the first page and didn't let up. There wasn't one slow or boring part in the book to me.
This sounds great!! I wish I could read it like RIGHT NOW!!!
Aug 02, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Reviewed for Joyfully Jay.

Rating: 5 stars

Jake Anders is hearing voices, one voice to be exact. Jake hears the voice of Trace Michelson, his mentor, and the one man he has been attracted to for years. The problem is that the real Trace Michelson is dead, killed six years ago when Trace was assassinated by people and agencies unknown. The voice Jakes hears is that of the Sim implant in his brain that carries part of Trace in it. Trace Michelson recruited Jake when he was in college for The Trust,
Sep 11, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of spy stories
Shelves: sci-fi, glbt-gay
Nothing is what seems... absolutely nothing...

Jake Anders
The top agent from The Trust. Born as a backup agency to the CIA, the trust is much more... it's the ultimate spy agency.
Jake Anders is the top agent of The Trust. He hate it, he never want to be the best, not because he is not competitive, but because the best, his mentor's dead, is the reason he is now the best agent.

Trace Michelson's death change everything in the agency, and to Jake Anders's life. Before his death, the brilliant scient
Don Bradshaw
Reviewed on Hearts On Fire...

A great sci-fi thriller slightly reminiscent of The Matrix movies. Jake Anders was a college guy with potential when the Trace Michelson recruited him into The Trust. The Trust is a combination of scientific biotech study and espionage started by Trace's grandfather and now run by the brilliant Trace as a CIA-backed operation. Jake fell for the all work and no play Trace but never told him and now Trace is dead and Jake is walking ar
Where to start? This book was such a roller-coaster. I couldn't put it down from start to finish and ending up spending the entire day reading it. It's different than Ms. Anthony's other books, but it was really good and it had the ending I was looking for.

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Shira Anthony
May 21, 2012 Shira Anthony added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My third Dreamspinner Press release, co-authored with my good friend, Venona Keyes. "The Trust" is a gay romance, contemporary spy-thriller/mystery with lots of action.

Jake Anders is a sexy secret agent/spy working for an agency that is supposed to be making the world safer from the threat of biotechnological weapons. He has a secret of his own - a microchip or "Sim" implanted in his body that is something like a Google database in his mind. The Sim is based upon the life experiences of Jake's m
Jul 15, 2014 Teetee rated it it was amazing
This has been on my TBR shelf for awhile. I ‘misplaced’ the e-book and have been searching for it for some time so when I found it, I wanted to start reading it right away. And it did not disappoint! What an intriguing story line; it had a Maxtrixy feel to it at times, but just when I was in the thick of trying to unravel the plot that I had completely forgotten it was a love story, we’d get a tender or spicy moment between Jake and SimTrace at just the right time. Trace is not the omniscient be ...more
Jess Candela
Aug 14, 2012 Jess Candela rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2012
I loved the mystery and all the double- and quadruple-crossings, trying to figure out who to trust. I thought it worked great as a sci-fi/fantasy/mystery sort of story. As a romance? Not so much. Jake starts out with puppy love, they spend almost no time together for years, then Trace dies and Jake gets the Sim chip. Arguably he develops a relationship with the Sim over the next five years, but... I dunno, it just didn't quite work for me as a romance. But as a rolicking mystery romp set in the ...more
Elisa Rolle
Oct 26, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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4 1/2 Hearts

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Jan 20, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
" He felt the cold edge of the blade pressed against his bare skin through the bottom of the pocket he’d cut out."

Okay -- this guy is wearing a knife strapped to his leg. Fair enough. BUT -- cmon, people, you DON'T WEAR A BARED KNIFE ON YOUR LEG. YOU USE A SHEATH. If you can feel the edge of the blade pressed to your leg and it ISN'T cutting the crap out of your skin, then the knife is waaaaay too dull to do you any good!

This is a small inconsistency in the overall scheme of things, but it point
I enjoyed the setting, the technology involved, the action parts.
But not enough background information about the characters, as much that I didn't feel a personal connection between the protagonists. I was getting tired by the whole "the student surpasses his mentor" line, seeing that it wasn't supported by a more detailed presentation of Jake's profession and his interests and researches, and how were those linked to Trace. Jake a secret agent eliminating biotechnological threats and who kills
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