Sub Zero (The ESTO Universe)
It's good but nothing to get overly excited about.
Major Aren Dalsgaard died on the planet Drass over a hundred years ago and now they've brought him back to life to investigate three murders of local merchants. Once back on Drass, the Major quickly learns that things aren't as simple as they appear to be.
It was a quick read. The plot was fun and entertaining. The pacing was okay. As with most M/M romance novels any pacing is broken up by the sex which was nothing special either.
I guess depen
Review Summary: This is a heartwarming tale of adventure, of coming back alive and learning to love again, wonderful friendships, and, of course, rescuing the world in the process.
Review: Angel Martinez does SF/F very well, as I discovered with Gravitational Attraction. That was the sole reason I read this book. I didn’t find the blurb or the cover particularly appealing, but I figured it was worth a try since I’d loved that one so much. This is a worthy addition to that universe, and I’m so ...more
Solid world-building and characterization, with a satisfying mystery. I really liked everything to do with the "cryo" resurrection, and I loved the side-kick Sergeant, Emma. I have a pretty severe personal problem with depictions of "noble" peoples who differ too sharply from corrupt, fallen humanity. The contrast here was disappointingly heavy-handed, with the human settlers portrayed as greedy, genocidal bigots, while the planet natives are so good they don't even understand the concept of ...more
It’s a challenge writing a science-fiction adventure/mystery romance. It’s such a balancing act getting all the pieces right and working well together without burying the reader in all the dressing. I’m intrigued by this author -- Angel Martinez seems to get it right. I’m new to her stuff, have only read one other piece by her, Prisoner 374215. Written for GoodReads’ gay romance group 2013 writing event, ‘Love Has No Boundaries’, that excellent short story had such an impact, it made me want to ...more
Aren died on Drass, but was recently revived having been cryogenically frozen for 100 years. Aren is a major in the interplanetary force, and is asked to return to Drass, to investigate some murders. He meets Nyachung, when the alien is accused of the murders.
My main concern was that Aren and Nyachung would be anatomically compatible for sex…turns o ...more
I would recommend this to Sci-Fi fans who also like the old Star Trek Episodes (orig. or Next Gen).
Happy Reading, this is a good one!
Major Aren Dalsgaard is struggling to find his way back, going through the motions of duty while battling his own body’s weakness. You see he has been brought back to life after over a hundred years of death. Not having been allowed to die with his native lover A ...more
Her characters are well developed and my heart broke for Aren more than once in the story. Nya is a charact ...more
Empowered and informed of a conspiracy to wipe out the indigenes, Aren and his lover stage a non violent demonstration in the streets main city to protest the exploit ...more
Angel Martinez has a definite knack for writing science fiction (Prisoner 374215, Gravitational Attraction), as I was once again sucked into the world created.
Major Aren Dalsgaard was a beloved hero of the planet Drass, who died alongside his lover 103 years ago. So when he finds himself alive again, and about to return to Drass, he also finds that being brought back from death is not easy physically, mentally, and most of all, emotionally.
Called in to investigate the murder of several ...more
Nyachung and Major Aren Dalsgaard are the perfect couple with Sergeant Emma Wickstorm to keep them both safe. Aren had lived one life, died with his life’s love, but his family and the military thought he deserved another chance so they put in is cryo suspense until they could find an antidote to the venom that killed him. Now, ...more
I liked this much, much more than Gravitational Attraction. I liked that book a lot, but transition from lust to love was maybe two seconds apart. The author's imagination and description of alien world saved that book, but this one just worked for me. Not perfect by any means and love still happened a bit to quickly, but I was in the mood for a good sci-fi and this was good. The characters - Aren, Nyachung and Emma - were great. Aren's grief and his return to life, Nya's insecurity in ...more
I love sci-fi, alternate universes, dystopian works of all kinds. This world is well made, and I liked the characters.
Vassily the Beautiful was the previous novel I fell in love with from this author, and I'm encouraged to see she's keeping up the standard.
I'll definitely buy the next one that comes along :)
Sweet romance, wonderful sci-fi world and lovely HEA ending. Loved it - well done!
I really like how this book came together in the end. It happened a bit too quickly for my taste. But I suppose that's the sign of a good book - one that I devour and then am suddenly surprised when it ends.
I will definitely be adding this to my "favorites to re-read" shelf. :)
Basically the book is about Major Aren Dalsgaard. He was accidentally killed over a hundred years ago and his body was kept frozen until a cure was found for his injury. Now is is "alive" again and was placed on assignment on the same planet he died. There he finds corruption everywhere. Now he must find a way to save the very same people who killed him.
My only complaint ...more
aren has been revived from his cryogenically frozen state in order to help investigate murders on the planet drass. when he was alive over 100 years ago, aren had helped bring understanding between the settlers and the people who had been engineered for living on the planet and then abandoned when the first attempt at extracting minerals from the planet failed. aren was killed on drass by his lover, who was one of the original peoples. in the time since aren has been alive, relations be ...more
Написано хорошо, но это Мартинез, не удивительно.
А вот сюжет меня не зацепил. При печальном стечении обстоятельств на руках смертельно раненного Арена мучительной смертью умирает любовь всей его жизни. И он рад, когда умирает вслед за ним. Но не дают ему покоя в смерти и воскрешают через сто лет с лишним, чтобы он провел специальное расследование убийств на планете, где он нашел свою любовь, свой народ, свой дом, свою смерть.
И Арен не долж ...more
This book is part of the ESTO Universe but is a stand-alone story.
The story is narrated through the POV of the three most significant characters. I enjoyed all three, but the surprise treat for me was Emma. She was down to earth and no nonsense but also kind and compassionate. ...more
I absolutely loved Aren, his stuborness and everything. Nya was cute and caring. And there was also Emma, she was one of the best side kicks I had a pleasure to read about.
The world was interesting, everything tied up nicely.
Angel's alter ego writes the all-ages science fiction - Sandra Stixrude.