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Or a moment That s a plot device pure and simple Faux drama and I call bullshitAnd now here s the above referenced rant tucked down here out of the way so you can skip it Never say I don t Im Jackson Day and Im Here to Stay love you guys because not only am I trying to spare you from my rant I pared it way way down from its original fullength glory In a nutshell the worldbuilding problem boils down toThis is atrocious science fictionDeep breaths Teal deep breaths You can do itYou want the non nutshell version you masochist youThis story is set 10000 years in our future with a human population descended from those who Sugar Rush (Sugar Bowl, left Earth behind 6000 years ago And to complicate things further for herself and for us the author somehow has tied ancient Egypt into all of this too Creating far future worlds is a particularly daunting task for SF writers Society technology culture s EVERYTHING will be so so different from what we know right here and now So the rough guideline I use is to mentally cast back a comparable amount of time into the past and compare that to the present day How different are ourives from those of people who ived 6000 10000 years ago Then extrapolate forward and et your mind be boggled by how different future human societies are going to be from oursWhat a balancing act SF writers face Let your imagination run wild and create a future world too unfamiliar and your readers can t keep up Books that push the envelope this way Affairs of Honor like Aristoi or The Machineries of Empire series may be are brilliant but despite that they re not very accessible They are challenging to read There has to be a cleverly contrived middle ground between the imaginative and the familiarrelatable Because if the writer goes too far to the opposite extreme essentially taking current day NYC and plopping it down onto a distant planet ten millennia into the future readers may be alienated because that s f ing preposterousAnd there you have the gist of my book rage For theast 40 ish% percent of the book the author apparently forgot the book was set in the future In a society with FTL travel instantaneous communication across interstellar distances and the ability to generate artificial gravity things that are totally utterly and completely beyond our own capabilities almost nothing else has changed from the present day Medical care and technology hasn t evolved Entertainment options and services haven t evolved Housing transportation family structure capitalism food food clothing styles haven t evolved Prejudice against homosexuality hasn t evolved it s still associated with pedophilia and with having good fashion sense You still take a taxi across town and tip the driver for fuck s sakeIs that how things were 10000 years in the pastThen don t expect me to believe that s how they re going to be 10000 years in the futureThis azy sloppy worldbuilding no this neglecting to do the worldbuilding killed this series for me I honestly don t see a way to continue on I was so pleased with Book 1 that I thought I d be binging all 5 books back to back Even though the worldbuilding issue was apparent there it didn t dominate the story so I was able to grit my teeth and make the conscious decision to solider on tolerating it for the sake of all that was good in the story But now unless I can find a way to mentally recast this as fantasy instead of science fiction I don t see how I can read any furtherSorry Bennet and Flynn I hope you get your HEA eventually 10000 years from now This second book in a very good series is well worth reading for SciFi fans The romance thread is still glacially slow and muted at the end although there is forward movement here Joss Bennet s ong time partner is a focus as their relationship unravels eaving space perhaps for FlynnBennet is #on a backwater colony planet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In #a backwater colony planet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In scramble to get off the ground he is injured and his helmet transponder is destroyed As his family and friends mourn his oss Bennet is working with some The Indian Clerk local outlaws to escape the notice of the Maees and get a small group of survivors off the planet and to safetyThe action is fun the mourning of those who believe Bennet is dead is affecti Be careful what you wish forI d remarked that in Gyrfalcon Joss was pretty awful and meant to beSo in volume II Butler gives us big chunks of Joss s POV As a result I was interested in Joss than the MCs and skipped a couple of chapters supposed to be their greatove scenes and discussing feels with all their friends and relatives mostly one after the other but sometimes in groups Caeden s manipulative behaviour seemed based on revenge is a dish best served cold And the future seems a bit Faith Fairies like the 1980s No fun games or entertainment These are military onong haul patrol and have state of the art training simulations But no electronic games Greetings from Witness Protection! let alone VR That was a tad disappointing The ending was bad also Talk about out the blueVolume III is mostly alien bashing apparently so I may try it Reviewed for The Novel ApproachGod what a ride this book was As a fan of the first book I was thrilled to read this one It gripped me from the beginning and took me for a ride until the very end And I cannot wait for the third bookAfter a failed attempt to evacuate the religious fanatics from Telnos before the Maess invade Bennet is presumed dead his signal is gone and Rosie has watched him fall after a strafing run Left to pick up the pieces and move on are the people whooved him the most his family his Spot lover Joss hisieutenant Rosie and FlynnAnna Butler is spectacular at characterization While I had hated Joss in the first book for the first half of this one I felt for him She not only shows things from his perspective but also switches to second person POV sometimes to show the depth of his thoughts and connect readers to Joss The second half of the book I wanted to punch him The same goes for Rosie I felt for her and her unreuited The Hotel New Hampshire love for Bennet but I also hated how she couldn t accept that he was inove with men And Flynn Oh my poor Flynn How can you not A Dangerous Man (Women and Men, love him The cocky flyboy who finds himself inove for the first time in his Sizzling Seduction life only to discover hisover deadand he s unable to do anything about itWhile the first book deals a Her Secret Husband (Secrets of Eden, lot with the action part of science fiction and the first half of this one does as well the second half is about the recovery process ofoss grief and acceptance How does one cope in a situation Takedown like this whereoved ones are gone for so Baby, Im Yours (Guys And Daughters, long and placed in dangerous situations I suppose it s muchike today s militaryI highly recommend this book though not without a few words of warning First
You Should Definitely Read The First Book The Relationship Between should definitely read the first book The relationship between and Flynn is established in that book and while T18 isn t discussed much it s still integral to how their relationship began And why would you want to miss out on Flynn finally falling in Her Counterfeit Husband love Second though I do talk about romance this book is not a romance Yes there are some romantic subplots but as a whole the book is science fiction and the relationships while important are not the main part of the bookSo if you haven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round two. Grieving Joss hisong term partner grieves with them; Heart of the Night (Secret Agent lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here He isn’t family He isn’t partner orover All he is is brok.
Anna Butler â 1 DOWNLOADHis father s strong religious convictions and his family s ong tradition of military service his older February or Forever (Tarrins Bay lover s patrician disdain for exactly how hisuxurious ifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and that prevent him from pursuing his new ove for Flynn and you have a witches brew of good dramaStill very A Virgin For The Taking (Clemenger Sisters little sex Veryittle indeed And what there is is non graphic by today s standards More than in Gyrfalcon I think though I haven t done a statistical analysis I can assure the eww ick sueamish that no unpleasantly meaty words are used and with a small effort of intentional misunderstanding the import of the few sexual scenes can be contextualized as emotional intimacies that can t be expressed in any other way without falseness Who here hasn t had what you knew was break up sex while pretending the pleasures of a familiar touch were after all enough Yeah me too and so does Bennet when the flypaper and prayers that ve kept Joss in his What She Saw / Operation Reunion life finally blow apart under the final assault DeathBennet you see has the bad taste and rude vigor to return from the dead It s justunseemly And after Joss in the manner of their people has made sacrifices of his and Bennet s favorite artwork the perfect and glorious antiuities Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancient historian by academic training to use in the Field of Reeds back comes Bennet hale and hearty and not in the Field of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd that hale and hearty is solely a valid description when matched against dead and rotting on an alien held planet Bennet is in shards physically and psychically and emotionally His body will heal slowly his psyche and emotions might or might not heal at all ever and he might well never get to use his new bionic knee back in his deeplyoved Shield role A soldier who s too broken to soldier is by definition A Very Unhappy Man Add to this soldier s woes the emotional mismatch between himself and his partner The immense irresistible force of falling in The Moretti Marriage love with the right one The awful reality of wartime military service meaning unavoidable separation from youroverhappy sighI will say my wish expressed in my review of Gyrfalcon to get to sympathize with poor overmatched Joss came true I was sad for him as he was hollowed out by The Dark Duke loss and the hideous regret charged acid bath that is grief All the times one falls short one is unkind impatient unwilling to understand or empathizeoh gods and goddesses those will keep a soul awake and agonized as they replay unchanging and unchangeable in the darkness But far painful is the way they play outike movies on a screen while A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy living breathing people are making noises meant to distract console reach you in theocked projection booth of your failingsYes Joss I know that one Author Butler was cruel to you Goodness knows you deserved it butwelldon t we allAnd the ending of this story is fascinating It is unusual within the genre of gay male centered fiction I will read the next installment of Taking Shield called Makepeace as soon as I ve caught my breath and begun to accept the changes wrought on my feelings alreadyWhich if I need to say it is the hallmark of a really good read 425 StarsThis installment of the series was much character driven and Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls less action oriented than theast Still plenty of excitement and danger but time was spent focused on the playersGetting Joss POV was interesting in that it definitely humanized him but not necessarily in a good way I felt the pain of his The Soul Of A Thief los I ve beenooking forward to story ever since I read book one in the series Gyrfalcon What can I say I Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights love a good military sci fi story and once again Anna Butler deliversThis is epic space opera at its finest in the tradition of such writers as David Weber or Eric Flint More than any other genre convincing sci fi needs a strong foundation of characterization plot and world building Many authors shine at one or two elements it s rare that you get stellar treatment of all three in one story I bet if you asked the author for details about the ships and the structure of the political organizations things that aren t related in the story she could tell you about them without hesitation I certainly hope that future stories include specs on some ships the geek in me really wants to see them The different branches of the military Fleet and Shield and the rotational system designed to keep Shield officers from burning out makes sense from aogistical standpoint but man is it hell on relationships Add to that the political machinations behind the military and it is small wonder that the idealistic Bennet has a hard time knowing where he stands sometimesThen we have the characters themselves What I ove most about them is that they are complicated people with the kinds of motives and failings that make them #so very real so very human I ove too that even the secondary characters are #very real so very human I ove too that even the secondary
are fleshed out to the point that if something happens to them I feel a strong sense oss for them Bennet is not very The New Baby likeable when he hurt which keeps him from being too too perfect Bisexuality is common in this universe but there are still sects that disapprove of same sex relationships The biggest obstacle that Flynn and Bennet face is not societal disapproval or even the no fraternization rule which Bennet takes very seriously but the sheer distance between them and the unlikelihood they will ever see each other again except if they can somehow arrangeeave together That makes even starting a relationship foolhardy unless it s one with no strings Flynn is your classic no strings attached flyboy this should be easy for him right But Bennet is hard for him to forget and when a dangerous mission goes pear shaped and Flynn realizes just how close he came to Wild Streak losing Bennet forever well his actions are easy to understandThe relati Preparing to write this review feelsike getting ready to rip a band aid off So I guess all I can do is take a deep breath get a grip and give it a good sharp yank How you may wonder did I get from a 4 star rating for the 1st book to 2 stars for this oneIt went something P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, like thisat 8% I m having trouble staying interested but the same thing happened with the first book so hang in there Also The worldbuilding seems kind of sketchy10% Whoa I didn t see that coming Love it50% This is probably only a 3 star read but Il rate it 4 anyway just because of its part in the series the series I m sure I Say Youll Stay And Marry Me ll read all 5 books of despite this one being just so so Also The worldbuilding really is sketchy62% Wait wait wait how did this change from a space opera into a soap opera Who set all these dramalamas Rafaellos Mistress loose How much screaming and crying and begging will I have to endure For how many pages will Bennet keep discussing hisove The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, life with his mother Can somebody please just shoot me and put me out of my misery Also WTF is up with the worldbuilding65% and on Worldbuilding rant rant rant Worldbuilding100% Are you shitting me Did I interpret that twist right If so there goes all my praise about how good the characterization is because that is completely out of character and I don t buy it Aess Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete Caught in a vicious fire fight Bennet iseft behind presumed dead His family is. ,characters are fleshed out to the point that if something happens to them I feel a strong sense
Great science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair I did not read the first story in this series I suspect that if I had my allegiances would have been different coming into the story but I m not sure I would have been satisfied as a reader in terms of the romanceBennet is a military man The rebellious son who paves his own way ignoring his father s wishes He s stubborn determined and duty bound the epitome of noblesse oblige Joss twice Bennet s age and the dilettante academic who Rascal loves him They ve been together since Bennet was eighteen and pursuing him He s sophisticated and torn while Bennet is way on missions He wants Bennet to give up the military and stay home he s already been egregiously injured onceJoss was right This mission takes Bennet sife as far as his Another Day of Life loved one know Planetside he meets a scrabble of people not evacuated before the Maess invasion There are some great characters introduced Ifanocal minerex infantry man who finds Bennet and Luke orphaned child Ifan and he find while surveying the What Would You Like? local holdings for survivors of the Maess attack True to Bennet form they are important characters in hisife until he moves on and then they re discardedThe beginning is heavily militaristic but when the botched mission turns domestic as Bennet navigates his injuries and subsisting with the other refugees while plotting an escape plan And Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, leave they do but not without conseuences During the formal grieving observances Flynn reenters the storyline Flynn the talented pilot who once saved Bennet and stole his heart The first book in the series from my understanding has a much greater emphasis on this relationship And thus aove triangle emergesBennet is an unmitigated ass to Joss during his recovery Definitely his father s son there Cruel in his dismissal of Joss s care seeing it as a slight against his weakness They have been together for years and there have been changes or rather Bennet has changed and Joss expects things to be the sameThe Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, line between open relationship and infidelity is very thin both Joss and Bennet teeter on it as their actions wobble their uasi marriage they made vows that are notegal in Albion Then they take off the gloves and hurt each other in ways that only someone who Friend Foe loves you can The status uo is noonger working for Bennet and Joss is angry that his wishes in their relationship are ignoredBasically Bennet is the sort of man who expects to the be sun and have all others orbit him in this he is The Longevity Diet like his father He doesn t do compromise and frankly he deserves to be alone But he keeps finding people who are willing to bend over backwards for him So as far aseading heroes goes he does not engender positive feelings And the set up for the third story hints heavily not to expect better from him I Grassroots Innovation loved the expeditions but honestly would haveoved to see the romance dropped I hated the dynamics the backstabbing and disregard founded on poor communication Overall the science fiction military exploits is the win while the romance eaves a bitter taste Favorite passage Having it all Yes Isn t that the way you ike it Sure it was Only once you d got it all you sometimes wondered what it was you d got and why the hell you d wanted it in the first place A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown reviewReviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews 375 STARSOK this book was really going places being book 2 in the Taking Shield series it was excellent as was book 1 in this sci fi series I didn t Architecture and Utopia like the way this ended though and no I don t need my HEA but I don tike being eft feeling confused on a cliffhanger with no mention on when the next book is going to be released I think there are a few books planned for this are a few books planned for this but talk about how NOT to end a novel Come onThe writing is excellent I ove the fast paced rhythm to the storyline These books don t Prometheus Wired linger they re snappy Situations arise and bang they re resolved Iike this and it works well for these books The MC is great but due to being in one relationship since he was 18 with a much older over for nine years it s ike he s emotionally tackling new relationships now Special Topics in Calamity Physics like an actual 18 year old after he broke it off with his partner The end of this book did my head in Il will read one book when it s released but BLAH I don t know what to say to that ending EDIT now I know there s another book about to be released I m changing my rating TitleAuthor Heart Scarab by Anna ButlerSeriesStandalone book twoGenresub genre science fiction with some MM romanceBook Format ebookLength 396 pagesLGBT Orientation GayViolence Yes some distressing war scenes do occurWell writtenEditor Needed well written though I do wonder why we were inside Joss head so much #When Those Parts Could Have #those parts could have cut down a Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks lot maybe even completely withoutosing much I also wonder about the world building When we re not in space dealing with scary aliens we re basically in 2019 United States on Earth even though Earth is Scenes from a Revolution long gone in this world Would I Recommend yesPersonal thoughts I reallyiked the first part of this book There was plenty of action ots of plot to ponder and wonder what would happen next But the second part was ong and drawn out with Microsoft Visual C lots of repetition that got very boring toward the end where it seemedike a bland contemporary romance view spoilerI can t stand Joss and how selfish he is But their breakup was ugh Joss just kept repeating the same Soulprint lines over and over cementing his self centeredness I just wanted Bennet to rip the bandaid off already hide spoiler Rating 45 of five ReadingIsResistance to gay men in armed service vanishing now or in the futureHEART SCARAB gets my full attention at my blog because the second TAKING SHIELD book is about griefove and honor and how they can conspire to ruin Blah Blah Black Sheep lives eat happiness andeave devastation in their wake What a great Booksgiving idea for your dearly beloved space opera fanAuthor Butler takes us deeper into the ife of Shield Captain Bennet eighteen months following the events on Maess held planet T18 and on board the Gyrfalcon As Bennet performs his duty to evacuate illegal religious fanatic colonists on Telnos soon to be behind Maess the faceless unknown aliens winning a war of annihilation against humanity s great to the 10th power grandchildren ines he obsesses over his failing relationship with his elegant worldly Surrender lover Joss his burgeoningove for Pilot Flynn stationed on his father s ship the Gyrfalcon and his patient The Highlanders Touch (Highlander, long suffering Lieutenant Rosieistens to him and moons and pines for him completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered for the position she along with the rest of humanity I d guess craves Bennet s overBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Butler s hands And that s why I read space opera Pile the troubles on with the highest possible stakes Then make the stakes
Personal Then By GawdThen by gawd some scary aliens with a baseless grudge and an attitude some super advanced tech that is actually just ike what we have now on steroids so I can believe itWhy I read this space opera is simple gay guy Bennet flies in the face of humanity s one apparently eternal character flaw religious belief to Gdy mrok zapada (William Wisting, live his truth as a man whooves men Add to that. Shield Captain Bennet is on Telnos a unpleasant ittle planet inhabited by religious fanatics and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines It’s about to be about to be overrun by the .