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The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

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