Gravitational Attraction ~ Review by Marc

Hi guys! Hope you are all as excited as we are about the coming changes to this blog http://prismbookalliance.com/2013/12/changes-coming-to-brb/

(well, and the holidays, of course. Really, I can’t wait 😉

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Anyway, today I want to review one of my favs for you. It is one of my favorite Sci-Fi stories and I think you might really like it and should give it a shot. It was solid 5 stars for me 😉

gravitational attraction

 

Book Description (Amazon.com)

A mysterious distress call draws the crew of the Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting ship. Empty that is, except for the blood and gore-spattered corridors and one lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced.Turk longs for Isaac, a desperate, hopeless ache he knows he’ll always carry with him.But Turk harbors dangerous secrets, his brain a military experiment gone wrong. When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become the cataclysmic weapon he’s hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the ingenuity of the Hermes crew, the help of the enigmatic Drak’tar, and Isaac’s own stubborn will to save them.

The facts: This 419 pgs novel was published by Silver Publishing on February 25th, 2012. DSP will soon re-release it you look out for it to be available again as ebook!

The cover: I love this cover! It is just really well done and beautiful and tells you everything you need to know. There’s a planet in the background and a spacecraft on the lower side of the cover. Definitively Sci-Fi! Then there are the handsome guys, a smaller one in front and a ripped god in the back. Those aren’t just faceless bodies though and as such you get a good image of the characters.

The title: Gravitational force pulls you down and grounds you, magnetic attraction is a force that pulls towards something. The two are don’t have anything to do with each other, yet I found the idea of combining them (as happens in this novel) rather intriguing. Thus a title that alludes to this aspect of the plot and can also represent two very different characters coming together as happens in this story, scores high in my book.

The story: It really was very different than what I was expecting. I’ve read many very dark and gritty Science Fiction stories and somehow thought this might be one of them. I was in a book-reading challenge, when this book was recommended to me several times and I just couldn’t resist it’s attraction (heh – cheap pun – yay me! 😉

It wasn’t really that dark or gritty, but that’s not a bad thing. Actually, the first 40% of the story was a very sweet romance in a way that surprised. I thought it would be more a rakish merc and humanoid military romance, a bit more on the darker side. I mean there is a torture scene in the book, but it still is rather sweet and you get attached to those characters, especially the MCs.

It’s all very “comfort zone”, even with the threat and the sci-fi aspects! It feels familiar, sweet and safe. And the suddenly it turns into a story of recovery and explores a very different alien culture. I love it when an author doesn’t just copy our world with a different name to populate a thought up world, but actually tries to think of ways to make it strange and alien – different from our world. Angel Martinez drew e into her world and I loved exploring the alien customs and everything that was different, without the author inferring the superiority of the human race. There are so many brilliant and strange aspects that the readers will experience the strange displacement, confusion and growing understanding of the main protagonist as his recovery continues.

It is obvious that a lot of planning went into creating a different world with it’s own language, culture and traditions. It is very different, but the author introduces the reader and the MC slowly and it’s just amazing 😉 A very inspired and wonderful read. The only thing that I didn’t love was that it got a bit too sweet at times (there’s a passage where pretty much every sentence between the MCs starts with an endearment). Still, it has to be 5 stars for me and I love to recommend this as a must-read Sci-Fi story

(And don’t worry, you get both  your fix of space battles and sweet, sexy lovin’!

Extra credit for a fantastic cast of supporting characters that reminded me a bit of the crew of the firefly (from the cult series of the same name). The way they stick together and support each other was awesome to behold as was the wonderful love story that developed between the two MCs 🙂 I think it’s a big part of why this story is very accessible, even to those new to the subgenre and why the book is so easy-to-read and addicting that you won’t be able to put it down and think the 400+ pgs were more like 200 in the end. Even at that length, you won’t want to leave behind the characters!

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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