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Outcast Mine

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,161 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
There is nothing Aleron Pitre can't steal, nobody he can't con and no situation he can't slip out of--until he's sent to the prison planet Tantoret, where every sentence is death. If the prisoners don't kill each other, they'll die slowly from mining the poisonous drug chojal. Yet Aleron still hopes that he can escape.

Only thirty Athaki guards keep the chaos of Tantoret in
ebook, 393 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Carina Press (first published January 21st 2011)
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Mar 13, 2013 julio rated it did not like it
Recommended to julio by: Mandapanda
Alas! No.


The writing is good, but the structure is not. so-not as to be comical, actually.

As when random new POVs enter the story at the 40 percent mark.

Or when our two heroes pause directly after a deadly catastrophe to discuss their feelings and then make interminable cocksex for an hour.


Or—worst of all—after a completely different catastrophe, hero number two—bones broken and flesh beribboned by claw and by blade, blood in his teeth—turns to hero number one—a motherfucking hulk
I was sooooo scared reading this book!

Tantoret is a prison planet from the Athess system

Convicted don't go there to stay behind bars and think about their sins, but to mining a very potent narcotic/drug/venon called Chojal. So, we are talking about a banned potent drug being extracted by the worst possible criminals. Why do they it? First because they are trapped in the underground, second because it's what their "guards" made they do, and no one question the "guards".

The "gu
Jun 08, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
Just finished this one on Audible and it made me figure out why I didn't love it as much as I wanted too. The world building was good, the premise was interesting, etc. It was just a little too wordy on the feelings. You could probably cut out 1/3 of the descriptions on the feelings and bump it up a star. Once I've been told about how a character feels (and told well) it's fine to stop there. I don't need another paragraph about it.

A good one to listen to on Audible if the switch between male an
Damon Suede
Apr 16, 2011 Damon Suede rated it it was amazing

A macabre, masterful space opera that ranks with the best of M/M sci-fi writing. I LOVED these characetrs and the plotting is top-notch. Oh, the lush worldbuilding! Oh, the dextrous use of POV and voice! COmplex and satisfying in the extreme.

SOrry to be so brief here; Jessewave invited me to guest review and I've posted my full Outcast Mine review over there.

Check it out!
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

It's taken me a while to actually write this review because I wanted to figure out my feelings for this book first and also because I had a hard time deciding what to write.

I want more than anything to give this book five stars because it's really an extraordinary story with an abundance of suspense, world-building and intriguing characters. Unfortunately, I can't because, while it was fascinating to read and kept me captivated, I was still left with a bunch of questions.

To say I didn
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
May 03, 2011 ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
5+++ stars!!

I'm not usually one for futuristic, outerspace drama. I have to say though that I've never read anything quite like this book.

I could rehash the plot but that's already been done in a number of reviews.

I will say a couple of things I loved.

1.) Usually when a book is set in outerspace, the vastness of the universe is a key plot point. Jamie Craig did the exact opposite. This was one of the most calustrophobic settings I've read in a long time. What was especially brilliant about it wa
Sep 14, 2012 Heller rated it liked it
An interesting alien/human MM which I think I would have enjoyed much more but I found it suffered in comparison to another alien story that I read a few weeks ago. Still, I enjoyed the world-building and the characterization was strong but I didn't get a really distinct alien mindset feel to it.
Jan 20, 2017 Trio rated it really liked it
What a gorgeous story! The science fiction stuff was fantastic, it was really well paced and the scenes were crazy exciting. The best part is the way the relationship between Jasak and Aleron develops - just amazing characters and, wow, that first scene in Jasak's room (I'll just say it was intense and you can fill in the blanks).

I listened to the audio book and Jack LeFleur was excellent (view spoiler)
Wendy Ann
Mmm… “lickable” has taken on a whole new level of erotic in this book! I never thought I could/would get so turned on reading about sweat and licking, but I’m now a believer:)

This book is a sci-fi masterpiece blended with an m/m romance element you can hardly believe would be possible under the circumstances. The world building is incredible and the story is one of the most unique I’ve ever read. I’m in awe of the writing skill it takes to spin a tale about a desperate situation lacking any hope
Kaje Harper
Jun 30, 2014 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, scifi
This book is an imaginative SciFi, set in the dim recesses of Tantoret, a prison planet mine, where guards and prisoners alike are locked forever in a harsh society with a delicate balance. There were some effective elements, with the guards shown as fierce carnivores, forever on edge because the human inmates seem like prey.

Aleron is a human inmate, a long-time thief who was sent to Tantoret after escaping twice from lesser prisons. He has little hope for escape now, but he can't give up entir
Apr 02, 2011 Mouse rated it liked it
Dear Outcast Mine,

It’s not you, it’s me – really, that’s the only reason you earned an average grade. Totally, totally me. Because the truth is, you did everything right. The writing was beautiful. The plot was compelling. More than that, it was interesting. When I read it, I thought: people will love this book and give it a four or a five easy.

I also would like to say, the setting was amazing. Dark and creepy. I can't believe you made an underground prison work to the point where it felt like a
James Cox
Apr 11, 2013 James Cox rated it really liked it
I started a challenge on Facebook. Pick a book on the first page of your 'to read' list here on Goodreads. Outcast Mine was the book I picked and I have no idea what the hell I was waiting for. This book was fantastic. Excellent plot and great characters! The sex was very good too!
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Jan 27, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
Aleron is a thief from Old Earth and he's been sentenced to prison in Tantoret, a planet where the only richness is a mineral that can be made into a drug. The prisoners have to mine the drug, which has terrible effects on their bodies, and live underground in a dark and violent environment. Their guards are of the Athaki race and they are immune to the effects of the drug, that's why they were chosen for that role. The guards themselves are prisoners of the prison they have to guard, as they we ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Borderstar marked it as d-n-f
Did Not Finish @ 64%

Urgh, I hate not finishing books. I just couldn't bring myself to pick this one back up. It wasn't a bad story I don't think...I was just never fully engaged in it. I like the premise but I never really liked either of the MCs and for me, the characters are what make a story.

I read the mention of mates in the blurb, but as this is a sci-fi I assumed we were talking about alien mates, but this is really just an alien werewolf romance set in space! That was a bit surprising whe
Heidi Cullinan
Sep 13, 2011 Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, best-of-2011
Dark and sometimes creepy, I didn't initially peg this book as a contender for the best-of list. But the rich world, complex characters, and suspenseful story quickly changed all that.

I have this book on my mental list to re-read, but I think I'm still pondering the story, to be honest. It's not weighty, but it resonates well, this prison mine world. And I love the complicated relationship between the prisoner and his jailer, but I also love the whole prison system. The intrigue never stopped bu

Performed by my favourite narrator, Jack LeFleur, this was quite entertaining. He had pictured the dark underground world of Tantoret perfectly, making me feel the suffocating dampness of the planet's core, the desperation of the prisoners to escape this toxic place and of course, the sweet self-sacrificing romance between the human prisoner Aleron and the alien head guard Jasak.

I'm not sure I would've enjoyed an e-book as much, but as an audiobook at was a pleasant break from my lates
Feb 10, 2011 Tj rated it it was amazing
Loved the descriptions, you could almost feel the tunnels on Tantoret. The characters were realistic. Jasak's honor and how he grieved for his lost life. Aleron's cocky attitude and realistic outlook on life. The two get paired up early but the relationship develops more slowly. Both are drawn to each other. Loved the read and enjoyed watching the relationship grow through the entire book.

***Read May 2011 originally***
Jan 16, 2012 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Good plot and characters in this sci-fi offering. Loved the flaws, and how they worked around them.
Lexi Ander
Jan 31, 2011 Lexi Ander rated it it was amazing
Aleron Pitre is a thief who has escaped from two prisons. Betrayed, he is captured for a third time and is sent to Tantoret – a place that no one escapes and no one leaves alive. If the mining doesn’t kill him then an inmate or guard is going to kill him.

Head guard Jasak tries to keep a balance. A balance that the mere presence of Aleron has disrupted. Jasak knows what he should do. It’s simple. He can get rid of Aleron and the balance would be restored and his position with the other Athki guar
Calling this book a page-turner doesn't give it justice. Maybe because it was an outstanding page-turner. I just couldn't put it down... Thoroughly engaging! The only problem is that it's a book that you'll finish too quickly...
Feb 17, 2011 Trix rated it really liked it
That was an incredible story! Well deserving 4.5 star rating.

(view spoiler)
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was a fantastic story set on a prison planet, Tantoret, where both the prisoners and the guards were those who had committed crimes on their own planets and were outcast to Tantoret to spend the rest of their lives in this mining community. Complicating the imprisonment is the fact that the item they are mining has a poisonous coating which eventually kills those who handle it. And, the process of converting it for use gives off a poisonous gas which must be contained so that everyone stays ...more
Tully Vincent
Oct 01, 2014 Tully Vincent rated it really liked it
Shelves: prison-captive
Enjoyable sexy, hot sci-fi read! This had to be the most freaky, scary, desolate prison imaginable. *shudder* Excellent world-building, good plot with some nice twists and turns, interesting secondary characters, and thoroughly enjoyed the main character pairing.

I adore unusual couples, and these guys were that. . . an alien (very humanlike physically, just larger and with retractable claws) and a human. . . both prisoners on that eerie planet despite one being a head guard and the other a pris
This story was rather interesting and done well on audiobook. Not typically a strong scifi/alien fan, this story had enough human interest and inter species dynamics to keep me on my toes.

I enjoyed the way the author delved into the actual 'character' of each of the MCs, especially as they technically are all criminals of some sort to be sent to this planet. The traitor was not exactly a surprise, but an interesting twist in dynamics by the time we were given a glimpse. There actually were a fe
Don Bradshaw
The Lonan and the Athess systems have been at war for ages. The Athess secretly hold a prison planet where a precious ore is mined by prisoners and sold on the black market. Jasak is head guard of the planet and an honorable man. He believes in the rightness of what he is doing at all times until a prisoner, Aleron, gets under his skin. Jasak starts to bend his own rules for Aleron's welfare. The two men find uncover a conspiracy of tremendous proportions and the possibility of the end of all l ...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
This book didn't draw me in as much as I would've liked, but it was still a very enjoyable, good read. I admit, it was rather uninspiring and frankly quite dull. Although the blurb isn't misleading, it makes the book sound much more exciting and intense then it really is. A plus is that though there were very few sex scenes, but plenty of sexual tension and hot licking! And I especially liked the ending, it was so sweet and left me satisfied!

I'm usually quite lost and reluctant when it comes to
Nerine Petros
Feb 14, 2011 Nerine Petros rated it liked it
Aaah! Protect me from all the arrows coming my way! I'm sorry, I just didn't get it. I should say sci-fi aren't my favourite stories. The overall story was a good idea, but I couldn't get into the fighting or the lack of me being able to keep up because my brain didn't move as fast as the characters and I got a bit lost in all the intrigue...but if you like sci-fi, I still say ignore my rating, cause then this one will probably be right up your ally! This is my personal opinion and in no way ref ...more
Apr 13, 2012 leigh rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. Rare m/m space opera with a hard-edged plot and dimensional secondary characters. Genre staples (prison planet, jailhouse society, warring clans, plots and double-crossing) all worked as a familiar but tense backdrop to the real focus of the story, which was nothing less than sweet and devoted romance. (And a great deal more, as the smoldering and tender sex scenes were never gratuitous and always served the plot or the relationship.) Audiobook narration worth a star all on its own ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Ayanna rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnr, gave-up, reviewed
Gratuitous sex. Semi-interesting plot-ish, but then it got weird. And then there was more gratuitous sex. And then:

"Ah, the wall had it coming."

*sigh. And I actually liked it at one point, too.

Oh, yeah. I almost forgot. Gratuitous subplots. Thanks. *rolls eyes.
Mar 18, 2011 Charming rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook. It was good - nice and long and had a good reader. The reader was a bit over-serious and portentous, but that actually matched well with Jasak, who is also over-serious and portentous, so it worked.

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Jamie Craig is actually a pen name for the collaboration of authors
Vivien Dean and
Pepper Espinoza


Vivien Dean and Pepper Espinoza have been writing and publishing together as Jamie Craig since 2006. They have published with Juno Books, Samhain Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, and multiple titles wit
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