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It is part of the Tristes Tropiques Trilogy:
A comment on the series: "By dint of her considerable talent and technical sophistication, Martha has carved out her own niche in the Sentinel fandom. Specializing in terribly scary, horribly unsettling stories, she forces Blair and Jim through the wringer, taking the reader right along with them.
The Tristes Tropiques trilogy is a truly impressive work, part psychology and part gothic thriller, offering insights and fright in equal measure. Scary, fascinating and a huge amount of fun, I recommend these stories even to those otherwise uninterested in The Sentinel." 
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Martha's gen (well, smarm) Sentinel story Cake. Martha has a way with horror that makes this a good story to recommend for Halloween.
A young and callow Blair gets more than he bargained for when he signs up for a trip to S. America under the pretense of being a missionary. I love Martha's depiction of young Blair , a maddening mixture of naivete and prodigy. There's so many layers to Cake, it moves between past and present, Brother Kozinsky makes an appearance, a hellish beating produces an incredible vision, I wish I was more eloquent because this story is just amazing. Martha has said that this is the TS story she is most proud of but there wasn't that much feedback for it, which is a shame. Yes, I am a little obsessed with Cake :) 
Great stuff - again! This was very psychological - nightmares, creeping up on you, things you can't remember, but need to. My print-out is peppered with notations of "oh my!" with the occassional "interesting". Boy does Blair get put through the wringer. (And Jim too, but Blair gets a double-dose, considering half the story is about Blair's experiences ten years ago). ...I disagree with Kitty, the ending was sufficiently smarmy! The quotes from Tristes Tropiques were cool. Makes me curious about the book. This series was nominated in the 2000 Cascade Times Awards in the "series" category. Also nominated for favourite angst story, favourite horror/scary story in the 2001 Cascade Times Awards 
- 2004 comments at Crack Van
- "the flambeau factory: recommendations 1999".
- 2009 comment at sentinelficfind: looking for one good story -- sort of
- 2000 comments at Katspace