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To Touch the Stars

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  33 reviews
For happenstance news correspondent Tait Williams and newly minted astronaut Nicholas Sullivan, 1966 is a year of beginnings. Idealistic Tait dreams of changing the world with his pen, and Nick has his sights set on the moon. With the Apollo program in full swing, Nick is on the fast track to his dreams—even as Tait’s hopes of covering the Vietnam war are sidelined by a ca...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 23rd 2012)
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So. Damn. Good. I don't write many reviews, but here goes. This is not a "gay" book. It is a novel written about gay characters. It could just as easily have been written about a rich/poor heterosexual couple, or white/black or catholic/jewish or any other two groups of people that bigots think don't belong together. If you want sex, this book is not for you. To Touch the Stars is a love story for the ages. This book is so well-written. It was a vocabulary lesson (which I love!) in that the auth...more
Serena Yates
This is an amazing story set at the beginning of the space age in the US, but at the same time, it is so much more. Outwardly, it spans about thirty years of US history, but the way we get to experience it is through the eyes of two extraordinary men. Their ambitions, emotions, dreams and failings are what make this story so special. It may be a slightly romanticized version of the truth in places, but it's written so engagingly that it is almost like a history lesson made fun.

Nick only wants on...more
Amazing... Absolutely 5 Star Amazing!

"OMG...Love this Book!

It Grabbed Me and Pulled Me Right In...Gosh, Never Letting Me Go!

♥It is a Breathtaking Love Story


♥Well Written

♥Great Pacing



♥Heart-Tugger, That I So Enjoyed!

♥This Writer Is Gifted Without A Doubt~

Don't Expect A Lot Of Smexin', Because Your Going To Get A Story, No Fluff , A Solid Story... Gripping Well Written Wonderful Treasure of A Read!

♥Man OoO Man, I Love this Writer's Style~And I Look Forward To More~

For me this really is Tait's story. From the moment I met him, I am completely endeared to him. Following him make a difference in the world and come in to his own is a journey that I was happy to be a part of. The intensity and conviction that is portrayed by Tait's need to make a difference in the world is so beautifully captured during his time in Cambodia and these sections were my favorite parts of the story.

Always a presence in Tait's day to day decisions is Nick, I also loved him and h...more
Christy T
WOW! I think that is the best word to describe my feelings about this book. I feel as though I am emotionally wrung out. This book starts out when Nicholas and Tait are just kids with heads full of dreams. When you look at thing when you are young life seems so straightforward and easy. As we move though the lives of these two men easy is a word I would never use. As we move from the 60's through the 80's we see these two face heartbreak, war, love and just unimaginable things. I cried a lot rea...more
Lara Brukz
Best book I've read this year. Highly Recommended! The prologue of this book pulled me in with two pre-teens having grand dreams as we all can relate. Then to watch each stage of life unfold for Nick and Tait was quite the adventure. This book was brilliantly written. Jeremy Pack has a gift with the pen and I'm looking forward to more of his works.
What I loved:

*tweed wearing Tait
*daredevil Nick
*the entire Cambodia section of the book - worth reading for this alone
*the tireless research that must have gone into learning the details of the space program and the war in Cambodia shines through in the book
*Side characters Alex and Adam
*did I mention that I loved Tait?
*the NASA stuff

This book read more like m/m fiction than romance as the focus of large sections of the book was not the romance, but the love story aspect was always there. The c...more
T.A. Webb
From the time he was an almost-teen in the early 1950’s, Nicholas Sullivan was fascinated with flying and the stars. His father, a pilot during WWII, filled the young boy’s ears full of stories of derring-do, and it shouldn’t have come as any surprise when at the age of twelve, Nick was stealing off under cover of night to take his dad’s crop-dusting plane off to try to get as close as he could to the edge of the sky.

At the same time, young Tait Williams was keeping his eyes much more to the ear...more
This seems to be a very popular book, but I just wasn't feeling the love. The whole thing is just soooooooo Sincere and Heartfelt and PC and Uplifting, it made me roll my eyes many times. And over-written, I think. For instance:

"All the desire that had been building since they’d met six months before came rushing through the crack in the dam and swept both of them away in a raging torrent. Nick was falling, drowning, clinging to the embrace of their lips like a lifeline, certain if he loosed his...more
Poppy Dennison
The best book I've read all year!

The characters in this book created such a visceral reaction in me that I found myself laughing, crying, and yelling at the monitor as I read it. The story is so rich in detail that I felt like I lived in the sixties right alongside Nick and Tait!! I absolutely loved revisiting the development of NASA and the space program. Astronaut Nick taught me a lot, but then again so did Tait.

Jeremy Pack did a brilliant job incorporating the history of the time period int...more
Wow! What an amazing journey this book takes you on! Not just the two decades in the lives of Nick and Tait, but also through the times they lived in. Jeremy Pack is a wonderful writer who strikes the balance between simple prose and painting a picture with words just perfectly; the whole book played out with perfect clarity in my mind, like watching a movie. I think it will be a while before I'm ready to let Tait and Nick go.
Wow! One of the best books I've read this year. It's easy to write reviews for most books but I'm really struggling with writing this one. How can I find words for a book that left me speechless?

I hate classifying it as an M/M romance, it transcends that category. I love tragic, heart-wrenching romance when it's done well. Tait and Nick's was done so well :) The book covers over 20 years of their lives and it only gets better the deeper you get.

The writing is extraordinary. I can't even imagine...more
Beautiful beginning, convoluted (not in a bad way) middle, somewhat surprising ending. There came a time when the excited little boy in me (c'mon, astronauts!) and I were seriously pissed off, but we got through it. Jeremy Pack is an amazing writer and this book is just proof of his incredible talent. Did I mention astronauts?
I would give it ten stars, if they were there!

What a great book to begin a new year. Do yourself a favor and read this book. I think it may be one of the best ever written.
C.J. Anthony
I read through some of the other reviews of this book and I want to just copy them all and say "Ditto" to everything! Because every review touches on all the things that are so amazing about this book. This story and its characters and their lives were just SO engaging, I read almost this entire book today. I could not put it down, continually DYING to find out what was going to happen next. There was so much emotion and heartbreak throughout, I was near tears many times.

It is more than just a...more

The blurb sums up the plot really well. I think in order for readers to decide, or at least to make an educated guess as to whether you would like this book, you need to ask yourself whether you like to read about people with dreams larger than life, about people who are not afraid to reach for the stars and make their dreams actually come true. Think about the stories, that are characterized as “staff of legends” coming true in real life and you have t...more
Elizabeth H.
I hate to swim against the tide here, but I really did not care for this book. I did read it straight through, and it was interesting, certainly, but the plot lacked focus and the characters lacked sufficient motivation. It's really hard for me to believe that both Tait and Nick were sufficiently affected by their one early encounter, over a few months, that they each carried the torch for the other for years. This early part of their lives was not nearly developed enough to support the rest of...more
Dee Wy
Sep 15, 2012 Dee Wy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m, dnf
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Elisa Rolle
The touching the stars achievement is not only the most obvious of Nick Sullivan, who is an astronaut in the run that US is having against URSS to have the first man in space and then on the moon, is also that of Tait William, a news reporter trying to do something good amidst an horrible scenario, on both sides of the Vietnam and Cambodia war. And maybe is also that of Nick and Tait together, living, hating and loving for more than 20 years trying to achieve their little paradise.

This is not an...more
Val Hughes
I loved this book, much more than I thought I would. It is clever, thought provoking, memory inducing and a bloody good read. I couldn't put it down. The end came far too soon, I wanted to carry on reading more. Mr Pack is a seriously clever crafter of words.
If this had just been a general historical, I would have loved it, the m/m part ruined it for me, I did not want any of the MCs to end up with anyone, let alone the other MC
Lynn S.

Breathtaking ......
This was quite a saga to read - the plot stretches from prologue in early 1950s through the heady NASA years of the 60s and 70s, into the Cambodian killing fields and then the AIDS epidemic before closing its final pages just after the Challenger disaster of 1986.

Through it all, readers follow two men – Tait Williams a journalist and Nick Sullivan a space cowboy, whose lives intersect and diverge at regular intervals. Although published as a gay romance title (Dreamspinner), this book is much m...more
An ambitious and enjoyable novel. The author did a remarkable job of creating likeable characters and a richly detailed setting. The story on the whole was engaging.

Some issues prevented me from rating this higher. I found far too many plot contrivances (view spoiler)...more
I immediately eyed this book when I first saw it and read the blurb. All the positive reviews made me even more curious about it. I'm glad to say I can confirm them, because to me too this book was fantastic. Not everything was perfect, I did have some minor problems with a few things, but overall it's a beautiful story, not just of love, but of people and their dreams and what we're willing to sacrifice to achieve them and what it takes us to realize that sometimes the real dream is right there...more
** 1.5 stars **

THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE NOVEL. It is two stories about two separate people with some flimsy, gaping-holed "attraction" as the bookbinding spine.

To give some credit, it started off spendidly with a rich backstory to the characters that promised some really worthwhile love. But I cannot begin to explain how increasingly frustrated I got with this book. The more I read the more I started to loathe it, all the way to the end. I wished that the whole thing had ended after Part 1 (of 3) -...more
I've reviewed this one for Pants off reviews, the full review is there. Here is a shorter version:

It's one of the best books that I've read featuring two guys is love. Beautifully written, well paced, interesting characters, gripping plot.

There were things that I didn't like, characters, their decision, the time period, I'm not interested in astronauts and the program. One of my favorite characters ending up like she did. Still I couldn't stop reading, I fell for Tait, it's his story and I'm gla...more
The Novel Approach Reviews
So. Damn. Good. I didn’t used to write many reviews before I started here at The Novel Approach. Only when a book touched me deeply would I take the time to do so. This is one of the first books I ever reviewed. I’ll polish it up to make it seem all “professional” but remember, I wrote this review because I just loved this book so much that I had to tell other people about it. Jeremy Pack and Jason Keith were married a few weeks ago in Washington. I sincerely wish them all the happiness Tait and...more
This was a VERY well-written book. I consider that very high praise indeed. The characters came alive for me and I found myself lost in the story. I love when that happens. Thank you, Mr. Pack.
Nov 06, 2012 Teri added it
Riveting read. Historically Entertaining, Emotional Characters that Are very Believable and Touch your heart. I love Jeremy's Writing He could write my shopping list and i'd enjoy it .xx
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“I always dreamed of the stars. Getting as high as I could so I could reach out and touch them. I didn’t realize, not until I’d seen the Earth from orbit, that I’d been dreaming the wrong dreams. Everything that matters, everything that’s important, is right down here.” 3 likes
“Someone once told me that life changes, and you give up old dreams so that new ones can take their place. I held on to this dream [...] I kept it safe and close to my heart. I could never let go of it, because a part of me always knew you’d come back for it one day.” 2 likes
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