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Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Future Earth / Other Planets / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-October-2013

Book Blurb

Cal Paxton and Jeeze Madrid are the top scouting team on the Pathfinder-class starship, the Carson, on the very outer edge of Earth's expansion across the galaxy. They're wingmen, best friends and lovers. When Jeeze is shot down over a planet inhabited by a race Earth has never before encountered, what will Cal find when Carson can finally mount a rescue mission?


Book Review

This book took my breath away. Not just because its story takes place in an interesting future, with puzzling aliens, and a real threat to the main characters' lives and happiness, but mainly due to the ending. Man, that got me shaken up! My jaw literally dropped and I was unable to write the review right away because my emotions were all over the place. So, I took a few hours to let things settle and to decide if I liked it or not. The thing is, the story is a really good one: great science fiction combined with a deeply emotional love story. Some of it was mind-bending and gruesome, and I cannot say it was a comfortable read. But it was a great read, and, now that I have a little more perspective, the ending is actually exactly right for the story.

Cal Paxton is a man with a bit of a reputation with both women and men. He has recently seen the light, so to speak, and is madly in love with his best friend, a fellow pilot named Jeeze. They are the top scouting team, looking for new colonies for humans to settle, and work well together both on and off the job. Jeeze is recently divorced, and not so sure he's ready for another commitment but Cal is unstoppable; he will not be deterred.

There is only one problem: theirs is a dangerous job and not all aliens they encounter are friendly. And that is about all I can ay without giving too much of the story away. Let me just say that if you do go for this book, be ready for an emotional roller coaster ride, confrontation with some scary situations, and an ending that will probably leave you just a bit unsettled.

If you like science fiction that challenges the way you think about the future and any aliens we may one day encounter, is you enjoy reading about tough men who love each other deeply, and if you're looking for a read that is scary-entertaining but definitely not a typical romance story, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 28950 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-April-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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