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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  21 reviews
What really brought Taine to that backwater little world? Taine’s a hunter. He’s a red-skinned and black-eyed Lowman by nature, and a hunter by trade. Some hunters work in flesh, others in secrets, and some few work to set right what’s been set wrong. It’s a big galaxy and there’s always plenty of work for a hunter like Taine, so you got to wonder, what with all that at hi ...more
ebook, 270 pages
Published August 22nd 2015 by Edge (first published August 13th 2015)
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Cross-posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read this, as I love science fiction that features well-developed nonhuman species that possess significantly different physical characteristics and psychological lives than their human counterparts. Even better if they have empathic abilities!

Taine is a Lowman hunter, a red-skinned, black-eyed alien referred to by the hicks who inhabit the backwater world he is traveling in as “redder” or “devil”. The
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Omens are irritating like that, he thought, and somewhere deep inside he felt a glimmer of amusement at the thought

Taine, his slave, and his apprentice are trying to get off-world and need to reach his space craft. Obstacles or possibly omens seem to be placed in their way along the journey.

Off-World is an intriguing story about Taine, a Lowman hunter (a red skinned black eyed alien) who unexpectedly finds himself travelling on a small 'backwater' planet with two human companions. We meet Tain
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Off World by Jonah Bergan

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I am a fan of all things sci-fi but I am also a huge nerd for the Greek Gods . Strange isn't it, to refer to the mythological beings when reviewing a science fiction/fantasy novel? Truth is, I was reminded of those myths even when the setting is in a galaxy different from ours and involving advanced technology such as those we see in Star Trek and Star
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.**

This story gets three out of five stars from me. One each for worldbuilding, premise, and the ending.

My initial impression of this story was that it was hard to follow. This was due to the prologue which seemed to have a very sketchy connection with most of the book. It wasn't until almost 3/4 of the way through the book that the prologue made sense. The initial character set up seemed a little shaky as well. It
J. Coatsworth
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to receive an advance copy of Jonah Bergan’s new MM sci fi book Off World. The cover of the book is gorgeous – it immediately made me interested in reading the story. The image of the main character is mysterious and gorgeous, and the planetary background promises a lush sci fi adventure. The story doesn’t disappoint.

Let me say up front that the book does include some semi graphic sex with a dominance theme. But one of the things I loved about it was that the sex was both seco
Roger - president of NBR United -
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I got it through the DBML program of The M/M Romance group at Goodreads.

I want to state clearly that this is Science fiction and not a romance as I was expecting. Good thing I like science fiction. I fear that Tanner, Taine's apprentice hunter was brought up learning that violence is the way to train a slave. Taine is a lowman also known as a redder he is on Tanner's planet trying to find slave that he can train to give off a purified li
There is no actual romance in this book, just m/m sex, seeing how a few of the characters are gay.
The first chapter, the prologue, is a true sci-fi/pirates/space battle.
The rest is a cross country trip from point A to point D, with a couple of detours via B and C and some backtracking. Taine, a devil-looking alien, is travelling with an apprentice and a slave. They have sex along the way, encounter mean locals, lose stuff and unravel an evil plot. The world is populated by humans and the plane
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This book has given me a lot to think on. I didn't instantly connect with it, but to my surprise it still drew me into its world and mesmerized me with interesting characters, amazing worldbuilding, a complex mythology and an intriguing plot. Wil write a more detailed review in a bit, but for Sci-Fi/ Fantasy lovers this will be a reat choice.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Goodreads don't buy my love
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Molly Lolly
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Four stars!
This is a book I truly struggled with how to review. It doesn’t happen often and it’s usually because my expectations of a book were not on par with what the book was. That’s the case with this book and I think if I had realized I was completely wrong in my expectations before I began reading, I would have enjoyed it more. But I did still wind up enjoying the story once I was able to switch my expectations.
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I’m going to start out by saying, had I not talked with Jonah or been asked to read this for a review I might have overlooked this book in my coming and goings. It’s not typical of what I read. I am not a HUGE sci-fi fan. Minus my love of Star Wars and Star Trek. But usually I bypass reading sci-fi books. So, that said… I’m glad Jonah messaged me that day and that I gave this book a go. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone.
Now, this book. I’ll say this, it’s not for the prim and proper. I
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Scifi lovers!!!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED THIS!!!! Sci-fi at its finest, but please tell me there is going to be more. I don’t feel the ending was enough of an ending and I want MORE!!!! I could not put this story down! It’s adventurous – it had me on the edge of my seat – and it’s weird – as good sci-fi should be – it’s also full of angst it had me near tears a lot and of course the characters were out of this world, in more ways than one.

In the blurb I was given there
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you M. Bergan for offering up your story.
In my opinion, this book is one of those that may not leave indifferent: we like it or we are unable to enter into the world created by the author. It is very well written, the world in which the characters evolve is well thought-out, different from ours but not too destabilizing. The characters have a strong and complex personality and so are interesting.
This boo
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Taine is a redder or better known as a Lowman. He feeds off emotions and is actually on world buying a human/slave? to take off world but in the process get more than he bargains for.
For the longest time, we don't really know what Taine is doing and what his reason for picking up Sunshine is. Just that this might have been a way to amend a wrong that might have occurred between him and someone named Shilandra.

Let's just say anything and every
Misty Wilson
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Let's begin with the fact that the book summary really did not reveal this book at all. Off-World was out of this world...literally. The beginning made me scratch my head until I got further into the book, then it made sense. This book takes you on a sci-fi adventure of many worlds and species. The writing was wonderful. Jonah Bergan did an excellent job of taking me on a journey and evoked multiple emotions (anger, sadness, joy, and I ch
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This book has been given to me for free in exchange fo an honest review.

The world setting of this book was a little confusing to me. I understood why one of the main characters, Sunshine, was sold into slavery (because his uncle was using him to pay his debts), but I didn't understand why others were. Why did the mother sell her twins to someone she wasn't sure of when she didn't have to? For me all the players of this world weren't described enough to give me a full picture.

Taine, the hunter, s
Alina Popescu
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of science fiction and I love to see it explored in a gay romance setting. The world Jonah Bergan portrays is one of backwards worlds where buying slaves is perfectly okay, one in the brink of war with powerful forces coming together to tear it apart. Lowman Taine is on a run to find new slaves to buy and train, and while he finds a perfectly good one in Sunshine, he's somehow regaled with a hunter apprentice as well.

As the three men try to make their way out of the dreaded plan
arfic (iro)
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review through the DBML thread of the M/M Romance group here at Goodreads.

Off- World surprised me again and again in the best of ways. I really am a sci-fi/ dystopia fan and I wasn't let down by this book. I really liked the fact that I was in the dark about all the going-ons as the characters themselves and found myself surprised, embossed and relieved alongside them. Nothing is what it seems in this world. The narration comes from several p
Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
Really conflicted. This started off with a really interesting premise. Taine kind of reminded me of Ondry just a tiny bit. I was really enjoying the growing dynamic between Taine and his new slave Sunshine and apprentice. Honestly, I would have preferred the story to have just focused on them and him learning to care for humans. I wanted to learn more about his alien species, the Lowmen. But then the second half focused on this rather bizarre and weird plot of female witches focusing on world-do ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Copy graciously provided by InkedRainbowReads.

4 Captivating Stars!!

This is my first time reading Jonah Bergan and it was a very interesting and captivating story. I sometimes like to venture out of my regular genre of romantic M/M. And, this story did have some heart, along with the SciFi theme.

There is a warning with the story about some of the intimate encounters but I didn't find them offensive. They were well-written and didn't feel brutal. It fit with the story.

I enjoyed this adventure wi
Some really interesting concepts and definite feeling of a larger world.
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Jonah Bergan is a freelance writer living in New England. His publishing credits include "Heathens," a post-apocalyptic young adult novel, "Off World," a Gay Scifi novel, "Letters From Home," a ten part serial, as well as multiple short stories, and a collection of anecdotal humor. He has also published MMORPG game reviews and content, hypnosis scripts, online user manuals, and advertising texts. ...more
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