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The Danger Dance

(Merculians #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Life and death action and intrigue aboard a military space vessel!

A startling command from the dreaded Praetan brings chaos into the tranquil lives of hermaphrodites Eulio and his lover Orosin. Using the tour of the Merculian National Dance Company where Eulio is a star as cover, they board the Wellington, a militaristic starship that values nothing they believe in. Some
Paperback, 242 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Crossroad Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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D.A. Brown
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caro Soles recreates the world of ballet in WWI New York in this lovely long wallow of a book. Morgan Vanheusen is the child of a wealthy family who try to crush his dream of racing cars and force him into a life of business. He rebels, and finds a fellow rebellious spirit in a famous visitor being trotted out to show to the wealthy of NYC. He meets and rescues the famous Russian ballet dancer Nijinsky, and an unlikely but fascinating friendship develops. Nijinsky is the talk of the town, in New ...more
Bill Kelly
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky brings Russian ballet magic and intrigue to 1916 New York. Nijinsky is at war with his boss, Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes dance company and seeks to break away from him and achieve his goal of dancing in new ballets of his own creation. Nijinsky has also drawn the attention of aging impresario George Kassevetsky, who desperately seeks to persuade Nijinsky to dance with his protégé, Galina Petrovna in an effort to revive his now defunct ballet ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book by Caro soles about the great ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. It was an interesting and exciting read. It was obvious when reading this book that the author had done a lot of research prior to writing it. I would definitely recommend this as a good read, especially to fans of historical fiction who like a good mystery too.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
An interesting historical fiction story.
Well paced with characters that are lively and engaging.
Kamini Mehta
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting piece of historical fiction. The characters are lively and the story moves along at a good pace.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I'm not an ardent fan or follower of science fiction or fantasy literature, I hold the authors from this genre in the highest regard, simply because they are responsible for creating worlds and characters that exist in their imaginations only, yet they have to somehow make their worlds familiar (or at least interesting) to the reader. In her sci-fi espionage thriller The Danger Dance, author Caro Soles introduces us to the futuristic world of a pair of Merculian hermaphrodites, Beny and Eu ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book.*

I'm sorry to say that this book didn't work for me at all. I skim-read most of it. This is due to several things:

A) Not enough world-building. Military space vessel, espionage, dancing companies, hermaphrodites? I need more context. Who are the different players? How are the different people politically connected? Confusion.
B) Story and characters confusing, not enough for me.
C) Trigger warnings galore.
Nancy Kilpatrick
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: space opera buffs
Recommended to Nancy by: TBC
This is the 3rd book in this intriguing world Caro Soles has created. I love that she works with dance and the Merculian Dance Company with all of the characters in and surrounding the premier dancer Triani, who is definitely a handful, a prima-donna, both compelling and infuriating, especially in this story because his child is involved. That provides this particular installment with more intrigue in play than the previous two, although I can't say there was no mystery involved in the other boo ...more
Chris Tunnicliffe
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in this series could be read as a stand alone but is better for the background stories in the first two books.
The Merculians are a fun loving, artistic group of hermaphrodites. Usually. As usual there are mysteries and secrets to be uncovered. Triani risks his life to keep his child safe. Can he free himself from The Watchers? Will they force him to betry his lover? Will the secrts from his past be revealed?

Another great story with hopefully more to come.
Melodie Campbell
This is my kind of book. You've heard the expression "Setting as character?" This book is the best of historical mysteries, in that WW1 New York comes alive. Never have I read a book that put me into the age like this one did. Likeable characters, often with mores very true to the time, and Dance! How I enjoyed the dance theme. A mystery worth reading, in a setting I truly savored.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I tried to give this book a chance, I really did. But I figured it won't work for me. I liked the characters, thought they were well-written but I didn't like the plot at all. I guess i don't fit well with plot-driven books.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-reads
An intesting read with twists. Good story!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It is New York in 1916. The war in Europe is met with an uncomfortable silence by most Americans. The great ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky has arrived in New York and is at odds with a number of people in the classical arts including the ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev. In the midst of this, Morgan Vanheusen, the son of a wealthy and important family, meets the dancer and a relationship starts between them. It is a odd relationship between the relatively stable if insecure Morgan and the eccen ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction

Imaginez une race d'humanoides hermaphrodites qui est l'opposé des Vulcains de Star Trek. Beny est chargé de débusquer un traitre qui volent des infos pour le compte de pirates. Pis qui de mieux que de profiter de la tournée de la troupe de danse de son ami de coeur Eulio!

Quand ils ne sont pas "enceints", les Merculians ont l'air de gars musclés, très émotifs, la sensibilité à fleur de peau, pis empathiques en plus (au toucher). Des artistes, des musiciens, des danseurs comme Eulio, le chum de B
Sue Ross
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was an impressive story which delved into both the wealthy and poor sectors of New York in the 1900s. Is Mr Nijinsky all he seems and can he be relied on as a friend and ally in a dangerous world? A great historical crime mystery.
2.5 stars
Kinda weird and a bit confusing, yet still an exciting mystery scifi thriller.

Content warnings include: Rape and a wide variety of other unconsensual acts (drugging, piercing, bondage, I'm probably forgetting a lot of others) and it's all kind of brushed off??, murder, lots of drug use, abduction, unplanned pregnancy, abortion, homophobia, racism, abuse of military rank, extremely dysfunctional/abusive/toxic relationship(s), organised crime; mentions of child abuse, loss of parents, t
When I started reading The Danger Dance by Caro Soles I was shocked at how quickly the author hooked me into the story and me page-turning. Being an avid reader of science fiction novels, I knew this book would pique my interest, but I had no idea that it would be done so thoroughly. Let me just say this...this is the first book that I have read by this author and I can easily say I recommend other people read it.
The author introduced to two Merculians hermaphrodites Eulio and his lover Orosin.
A bit of mystery and suspense blended with a touch of SciFi and romance
This is a series of somewhat standalone novels - they interconnect by way of the cast
I enjoy SciFi and Space Opera especially when they contain a bit of realism and Sole did a great job of bringing the cast and the universe alive for me.
I will be adding her to my list of authors to read.

The storylines are solid and easy to follow. In each book, we have the main couple and spotlighted secondary characters. Some who will be t
Note: I received a copy free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an interesting blend of sci-fi space opera and mystery. I was really interested in the alien species and the different cultures presented but the plot didn't grab me from the start like a mystery should which I guess is a matter of personal preference. I really appreciate the effort put in to include a gender and sexually diverse cast of characters, but I was a bit put off by the terminology used to describe the
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, lgbtq
The Danger Dance (Merculians #1) by Caro Soles: This book was a tough one for me. I love the genres of science fiction and fantasy. This one didn't really fit the bill for me. Perhaps I'm not part of the intended audience.

I liked the fact that there was a mixture of alien races involved in the plot. The Merculians were quite an interesting race although I found their self-proclaimed label of "hermaphrodite" difficult to read and feel as though the author should have used "intersex". The use of a
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Life and death action and intrigue aboard a military space vessel!"


"In this SPARKLING FUTURIST ROMP, Caro Soles has taken some classic science fiction devices from (circa) the 1930s -- distant worlds of myth, hierarchy, the wicked and good arts, space travel with swashbuckling action and intrigue, all in a setting chic enough to make any art deco queen swoon, and imbued them with a tingling subversity of gender, sexuality, and goose-bumping excitement. Even better, SOLES CAN R
Nancy Kilpatrick
I've read and enjoyed the published works of Caro Soles for years, but I have to say that A Friend of Mr. Nijinsky is her best novel yet! She mentions in the afterword that she researched this book for one year or more, and it shows. Set in NYC, the time period of the early 1900s, when Europe is fighting World War 1, the time and setting are well described and the characters so well crafted, that reading this, I felt like I was there. This is no cheat, like some historical novels, where characte ...more
Morgane Krauth
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Crossroad Press for providing me with an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed most of this book as it is very character-driven and that is my thing but I didn't think it was amazing in any way ; I particularly didn't think the writing was anything special.

What I really enjoyed were all the different species and especially the Merculians as they are hermaphrodite. I was a bit surprised by how many (sometimes pretty graphic) sex scenes were
Nancy Kilpatrick
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi and cozy mystery readers
Recommended to Nancy by: The Book Club
This novel came to me via The Book Club on Facebook and I was delighted to find it. I loved this book. I`d not read a book about hermaphrodites until this one and these fun characters are artfully constructed and fit right into this modern world of ours—well done! There`s a solid plot too, woven in with lots of charming characterization that is utterly fascinating. And this is also the world of dance on the planet Merculian. I came away thinking of this as a space opera, or a kind of sci fi-myst ...more
Chris Tunnicliffe
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book full of danger and intrigue set on board a ship going from planet to planet. Eulio and ben are lovers who find themselves involved in a mystery. What unfolds is lots of secrets amid lots of danger.
Noone knows who to trust and the pairs love is put under strain. The setting was different than the usual thriller but a great read.
Kamini Mehta
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eulio and Ben have an interesting relationship. They may be alien, but the basic relationship issues seem very human. Ambition, intrigue, secret affairs, what is really going on? Who can be trusted?
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Caro Soles Bio

My novels include mysteries, erotica, gay lit, the occasional bit of dark fantasy, and science fiction. I received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada for my work in the mystery field, was short listed for the Lambda Literary Award, the Aurora, and the Stoker Award. I live in Toronto with my long suffering husband, ,and love dachshunds, books, opera and balle

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