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Escape Velocity

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  170 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Linguist Elios Campbell is thrilled to be granted flight time in a Colonial Guard fighter jet, until he catches sight of his pilot. Spending time with Sender Kinnison holds even more appeal than the flight itself.

Sender's desire for other men is forbidden by his faith and his family. He tries to resist his attraction to Elios, who is unlike anyone he's ever known. When he
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Published January 2nd 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 28th 2009)
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I enjoyed this one a lot. The world is extremely fascinating as well as the conflict between the characters and their duties but this was one book I didn't want to put down.

I loved how broken both these characters are. Elios, an important linguist, is afraid to get into a relationship because of how hurt he still is over his last lover leaving him for someone else right when they were supposed to start a family. Sender, a pilot, is ashamed of his desire for other men since it's against his relig
Shira Anthony
I've read several other books by this talented pair of authors, "Tatterdemalion" and "One Real Thing," both of which I really loved. Although this book was a good, solid read (hence the title of my review), it was not the duo's best. Yes, the editing is excellent and the writing/narrative is strong, but it left me feeling a bit disappointed.

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Vivian Archer
Not what I expected from this author. The science fiction elements weren't very strong and the societies were based on ancient Rome and Early Christian communities. The story was character driven and revolved around a highly skilled linguist, Elios, and his interactions with a conservatively-reared fighter pilot, Sender. The main conflict is Sender's internal crisis of faith caused by his desires.

While I appreciate this is a big issue for many individuals marginalized by religion due to non-het
I did enjoy this sci-fi story, set some time in the quite distant future where Earth has a number of colonies which are widely different from each other.
I was fascinated by Luna, where most of the action occurs, and Elios' Roman religion. I wasn't sure how it came about that early gods were being worshipped in this setting, and would like to have seen more of the religion and how it's part of society: it's intriguing. Other religions were mentioned too, and I hope to see more of these cultures
3.25 stars. A moving romance coupled with a fascinating setting lift this story above the rest.

This story had an amazing amount of depth for its length. Elios is a linguist working on deciphering the alien language coming from an enormous (but deserted) space vessel on the outreaches of the galaxy. Sender is the leader of a small team of space pilots competing with other teams for the chance to accompany the five-year research trip to investigate this mysterious vessel (called Pandora).

Both men
Elios Campbell and Sender Kinnison are part of a top secret government project that was formed when messages from an alien spaceship where heard with a sense of urgency and warning. The appropriate response of course is to build a similar spaceship to go meet the aliens and see what they’ve been saying. While the premise sounds like a cliché gambit, don’t worry; the authors have delivered a superbly written story filled with engaging characters and enough hints of the project to grab interest wi ...more
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Religions and cultures collide when Elios and Sender meet. Sender is from a conservative planet which is in poverty. Leaving the planet was the only way for him to have a better life and give his parents a chance to have another child. As a pilot in the military on Luna, Sender has it made. If only he could find a person to marry and be with for the rest of his life. The problem? He's gay and extrapolating from context clues we learn this is a bad thing based on how he's raised.

This story gives
I hope there is a sequel. The world the authors set up has left me wanting more. I want to know more about Pandora especially, and I'd also love to read more about Elios and Sender and their life together, how Aric reacts to Elios' new family, and I'd love for Macy to get some happiness of his own too.
Kerry  sullivan
This is the summary off the back of the book.
Linguist Elios Campbell is thrilled to be granted flight time in a Colonial Guard fighter jet, until he catches sight of his pilot. Spending time with Sender Kinnison holds even more appeal than the flight itself.

Sender's desire for other men is forbidden by his faith and his family. He tries to resist his attraction to Elios, who is unlike anyone he's ever known. When he fails, the incredible sex quickly leads to something deeper, forcing Sender to
I went into Escape Velocity with extremely high hopes, previously having enjoyed Crow and Fox's One Real Thing. However, my initial read left me disappointed and flummoxed on how the writing could feel so weak compared to ORT. By the end, I was enjoying the story more and was left overall satisfied (althought still disappointed). I wrote a review reflecting that, put it aside and read some other books, then came back to Escape Velocity.

While it didn't transform into an amazing novel betwe
Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
First published as Runaway Star and recently revised by it's authors, Escape Velocity was an impulse its-on-sale! purchase. Concerning a colony on the cusp of breaking the strange musical language of the Pandorans. Elios is a top governmental linguist and is hard at work trying to figure out what is up with those ships that are just on the horizon of their sensor scans. On this almost-Utopian colony, there isn't very much budgeted for defense, yeah, I know, and this is causing unrest as long as ...more
Narrator: Charles Carr

I only bought this because of Charles Carr. It's a pity the story couldn't match Carr's narrating skills and I also couldn't help the impression that he wasn't all that impressed with the book either. If you really want to experience Carr's skill with characterization, listen to The Hardest Thing by James Lear. Not just the sample - it's too short to be useful - but the entire book.

I've enjoyed this writing duo's books before but this one fell
I really debated on whether or not to even read this book.
After reading the reviews on this book along with my misgivings about reading space-related books, I was unsure if I would even like this book.

I am so glad that I chose to read this anyway.

Even though the background was somewhat confusing, I felt like I was missing a previous book with the information I needed to know what the goals in space were.

I found that the story itself was great, I loved the relationship development between the tw
The book started off quite solidly. Elios and Sen and their slow build relationship- I loved.So, I continued to read along and then I got to the angsty portion of the story. I don't know exactly what about it that was off putting for almost felt too short, or unfinished in some way. I mean there was defined angst and situations but it was visited so briefly it was like blink and you missed it. For it to be the pivotal made the turn fast.

Over all a really good story. I hope t
The story was interesting and pulling enough.
Sender was a strange silent character. His ideas about living his life in a sin were old fetched and only shown us how weak as a character he was. He was boring with his doubts and silent sadness. I rather read about strong willed characters who are not full of self doubts.
On other hand, Elios was warm, tragic character and as a reader I felt pity for him, even if was stronger one in this relationship.
At least we got an HEA ending, which was realis
Danyele Johnson
My reaction after finishing and looking for the sequel:


I really liked both characters! And the setting of the story was so interesting! I was eagerly soaking in every chapter. The one thing is, after I was done I was eagerly looking for the next book in the series. I can only hope there is to be one sometime in the future! Great job, Diane and Anah!
clear skies

I was told not shown.
A handful of cliches in a fantastic setting that sets the tone for this sci-fi romance. The religious themes were handled well and I found both Elios and Sender to be wonderful characters. I wish we got to see more of how Katy reacted to Elios and Sender, but it isn't a very long book. The ending was interesting, open ended, but left me wanting a bit more. Still, I'm satisfied. 4/5 stars.
It has good elements but all coming unbalance. The first half are too slow and too much about sex. Problems solved too easily in a few sentences. Even I expected a si-fi and found that it's not (just happened in some AU world that pp lived in space and story opened like some of si-fi but it's really not the one), I still want to like it but really can't.
I should give it 3,5 star. There are a few things that I like about this book and few things that I like less. It's a sci-fi ( dystopian) and I very much like the world they have built and most of the story. It was too mushy in places for my taste.
~♥*Marianna*♥~ (what stays is dry bones)
This one is really freaking good!

I was plesantly surprised. I've never read anything by this author before and I took a chance.

So glad I did.
purchased via audible....and currently listenning to it and enjoying it but wasn't aware it was previously published. Trying not to read reviews just yet...
Not nearly enough science fiction. The book ended just as it was about to get interesting.
actually made me cry. wish there was a sequel.
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