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Escape Velocity (Valiant Knox #1)

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Rebuilding his life. And rediscovering love... Ilari, Brannon System, 2436At first, Dr. Sacha Dalton is simply curious about the prisoner of war admitted to her med-lab...until she sees who it is. For Commander Kai Yang—the commander of the battleship Valiant Knox—has long been thought dead. Killed in action. But after almost a ye
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Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published February 2nd 2015 by Entangled: Select Otherworld
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Mei
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I thought this book was SFR, but the SF part was only the setting: a starship similar to Battle Star Galactica - a city in a starship!

All the other parts of the story was kind of military romance where military stands for fighting PTSD.

The hero, Kai, was prisoner of CSS, a fundamentist religious fanatics group who want to convert everybody to a faith taht everything technologic is evel and should be destroyed. Still the CSS fighters use advanced technological weapons and aircrafts... A little bi
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Marlene
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Before I start critiquing, let me say at the beginning that I had a terrific time aboard the Valiant Knox in Escape Velocity. But because this is science fiction romance, I have a few things that are niggling at me.

The plot of Escape Velocity is relatively straightforward. One of the doctors aboard the space ship Valiant Knox has had the universe’s worst year and a half. Her best friend was declared KIA and her husband was very definitely killed in action.

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Jacque
I originally discovered author Jess Anastasi two years ago when I read the second book in the Valiant Knox series, Damage Control. I always meant to go back and read Escape Velocity, I just didn't intend for it to take me this long. Oh well, I'm finally getting around to it now and it was so well worth it!

The story hits the ground running with Commander Kai Yang, held captive by religious zealots for well over a year, escaping. Patrols find him and bring him back to the Valiant Knox where he is
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Kristiej
Although it seems I’ve been reading primarily contemporaries so far this year, I have taken a couple of different brief paths and this book was a SciFi romance path. It’s one I need to get on more often as I truly do appreciate the genre.

Commander Kai Yang had been the commander of the battleship Valiant Knox – think Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica or something along those lines for the feel of the book – until his was captured and horrifyingly tortured by this fringe lunatic religious group w
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Lee
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfr
Compelling leads with rich emotional lives. I love how the author acknowledges that though this couple loves each other, they can't magically solve their issues with that. PTSD, loss, and grief are serious business. They have a strong foundation, and a lot of work to do. I'm looking forward to seeing them again in the rest of the series.
Melanie
3.5*s
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Escape Velocity was a well written, easy to read story and although I enjoyed it, it lacked something for me.
We begin the story with two prisoners in a cell, one realises the other is dead and decides now is the time to escape….
Then we head to the battleship Valiant Knox and meet Dr. Sacha Dalton as she is informed that there is a new patient and he is a POW. We find that during the last 18 months, Sacha has lost everything she lo
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Marta Cox
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seem to have read quite a few sci fi romances recently but I have to admit that I really really liked this one. From the very first scene the author wrote an incredible and raw portrayal of the hero Kai's incarceration and his escape is not without costs. Like so many military men it's unthinkable to Kai to leave a man behind but to survive he has to do the very worst that he can imagine and yet this damaged man does escape but that's just the beginning of his very emotional journey.
I enjoyed
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Literati Literature Lovers
War wages in the science fiction world that Jess Anastasi has built in Escape Velocity.  The war happens to be a faith based one.  The faith is not pseudo religion, but the author has co opted Christianity, as the faith that the bad guys are using to wage war.  War in Anastasi books is no different in 2436, than war in the twenty-first century where people are killed or wounded because ideologies, or faith, or for land and resources.

The reader of Escape Velocity, is plunged directly into a POW c
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Eva Millien
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They thought he had been killed in action but now he has returned to and been put under the care of his friend Sasha, only Commander Kai Yang doesn’t know that if he can ever be the man he was or the man Sasha deserves in this emotionally gripping sci-fi romance.

Dr. Sasha Dalton has thrown herself into her work since she lost Kai and her husband Elliot one after the other and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as Kai returns after escaping from the enemy to find that his feelin
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Stacy
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Sacha Dalton has lost a lot. Her best friend went missing and was presumed killed in action and then a year later her husband was killed. She has been dragging along since, in a state of just living when Kai turns up injured, but alive. She never realized how much he meant to her until he was gone and now that he's back she feels a tremendous amount of guilt over her feelings for Kai when her husband died only a year ago. One of the only things that kept Kai alive while he was being held cap ...more
Justine
I think I'd give this book a solid 3-3.5 stars. I don't know exactly what genre it would fall into, but I don't normally read romance novels because they're just not my forte. Escape Velocity was a good middle ground. A little bit of the "romance" but just enough to make it romance and the rest was really good story. To be honest, I didn't initially think I was going to enjoy the book but I really did. Jess did a really great job at the suspense and keeping my mind engaged and my eyes moving.

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Monique
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read much scifi, but the premise intrigued me, so here goes: wow! As the blurb tells the gist of the story, I won’t waste any time with that. Ms. Anastasi writes a very cinematographic, vivid, and totally convincing future: nothing is far-fetched, and it is so well described that it feels completely real. The characters: Kai and Sacha are just great: complex, genuine, and flawed. Dr. Sacha Dalton’s husband was Kai’s friend Elliot, who was killed in action and indirectly helps Kai escape ...more
Denise Van plew
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time in reading this author with this being a interesting looking sci-fi romance. The author grabs your attention right away with your meeting of a prisoner-Kai who is about to escape in a most unconventional way. Once he realizes he has been successful he also finds out they have thought him dead. Long time friend Sacha is for one glad he is alive but this is were their trials will begin. Their friendship will also take a different turn testing them at every turn. They will al ...more
Angela Cramer
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** I received a free copy of Escape Velocity from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for an honest review***

WOW! I absolutely loved this futuristic world, but Escape Velocity isn't just about a world of flying warships and travel to other planets. It is a love story.

What begins as a life-long friendship blossoms to something entirely blazing hot when Doctor Sacha Dalton reunites with her friend and former Commander Kai Yang. Kai ends up escaping the dank dungeon where he'd been kept as a POW f
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Julie
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

This was an interesting kind of romance. Commander Kai Yang had been a prisoner of war until he managed to escape. He's going to have to spend along time recovering from his ordeal, not just physically but also mentally, but he's not willing to face up to that fact. Dr Sacha Dalton grew up with Kai, she's over the moon when she's told he's alive, and is put in charge of seeing to his recovery.

Kai was at times confused and damaged by the terrible treatment he endured and Sacha was just the right
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Heather andrews
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked Kai he was a nice boy, "thanks," he said, not sure if he should be insulted by her prediction for his future behavior. "What are you doing now? Want to share a meal?" Kai and Sacha go really well together like seriously she's ying to his yang, "at her touch, relief broke up the hard sensations tearing through him. On blind instinct alone, he wrapped his arms around her, dragging her closer to bury his face in her neck." I liked this book it was different and it was a on a spaceship.
Kylie Griffin
If you like science-fiction romance, then this is one to read. Loved Kai (the hero) and his PTSD issues. The book is a quick read and a great mix of SF & romance.
Diane Burton
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Cover Fire (Bk 3) first, so the books in the series can be read out of order. I'm sure the author would rather you read them in the order they were written. LOL A year ago, Sacha lost the 2 most important men in her life--her husband and her best friend. When a tortured POW is brought into her medical center, she's stunned to find her best friend didn't die. Kai was held in a detention center and tortured relentlessly. He's wounded physically and emotionally. Sacha and her team can treat ...more
Diane Burton
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Cover Fire (Bk 2) first, so the books can be read in any order (although most authors want you to read them in order LOL). A year ago, Sacha lost the 2 most important men in her life--her husband and her best friend. When a tortured POW is brought aboard and into her medical center, she's stunned to find her best friend wasn't killed in action but is alive. Kai fought his way out of a detention camp to freedom, but he carries deep emotional & physical scars. Sacha & her team can t ...more
Helen
I think that from reading the blurb, I was expecting a different story to what this one actually is: a second chance romance. I'm not saying that this is a bad trope, by any means; but I find it very marmite-y and probably would have checked some more reviews before picking it up.

I read about a third in one sitting, and despite a strong start it just got less interesting as it progressed. I liked the hero, but the heroine just irritated me (view spoiler)
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Myst
That was awesome, just enough angst and thrills! Can't wait to read more of this world!

This is a voluntary review via netgalley my thoughts are my own!
Book Gannet
I really enjoyed this tale of love, loss and coping with trauma all set on a military base somewhere off in distant space. Although it's less about sci-fi and war than it is about the aftermath, regardless of the fact that the fighting is still going on. The war itself is never really explained – beyond the fact that the CS soldiers are really nasty rulers, so the good guys decided to invade and have been fighting for twenty years – nor is it clear just whereabouts in the galaxy/space this is al ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Valiant Knox #1

Though not as great as her Atrophy Series, this one was still an interesting start to a new series. I loved what we learned about the world and the war that’s going on. This is mostly a military based science fiction romance with a war between those embracing technology and those abhorring it. A little more information on the war between the UEF and the CSS would have been nice. We’re thrown into the middle of the war and there wasn’t a whole lot of context provided, it al
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Christina Marie
I had a good time with this book. It was a primarily a romance, but there was a lot of world building and a greater concept beyond that of the relationship between our two main characters.

This book is definitely a sci-fi romance with a contemporary spin to it. And I think that's what drew me to it. I'd never read anything by Jess Anastasi before and so I was very intrigued and wanted to try something new.

This book is about a a young doctor, Sacha Dalton who is trying to rebuild her life after th
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Sierra the Nerdgirl
“Escape Velocity” is a sci-fi themed romance novel. This book had me hooked from the beginning. The start was very unconventional and confusing, however, I was so confused, that it left me wanting to read more because I wanted to know the backstory. Told from Kai’s point of view and Sacha’s, the book shows their complex relationship after Kai escapes the CSS, the enemy in this decades long war.

My main problem with this story was the sci-fi element of it. I felt like there wasn’t enough world bui
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Nerdy Chic
Escape Velocity was a terrific Sci-Fi read. Set in the year 2436, there's action, battleships, romance, and great writing. I'm fairly picky when it comes to sci-fi books and I didn't want to put it down.
For the last year and a half, Commander Kai Yang, believed to be dead, has been a prisoner of war. Forced to survive in unspeakable conditions, he finally escapes CSS, suffering from physical and emotional damage. The only thing helping survive were thoughts of his oldest friend Sacha, who also h
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Gigi staub
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-entangled
Rebuilding his life. And rediscovering love... Ilari, Brannon System, 2436At first, Dr. Sacha Dalton is simply curious about the prisoner of war admitted to her med-lab...until she sees who it is. For Commander Kai Yang—the commander of the battleship Valiant Knox—has long been thought dead. Killed in action. But after almost a year and half, he's returned home. Returned to her.Kai is recovering from his ordeal and under the watchful care of Sacha, his childhood friend and the widow of his best ...more
April Symes
****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***

The premise of the book sounded really good. Sci fi with romance spliced in. The blurb sounded great. But , in my opinion, the book came off as a 3.5 star read instead of the 4.5 star read as the blurb sounded.

The story is set in the future-in the year 2436 Ilari, Brannon System. Dr. Sasha Dalton gets really curious about the POW admitted to her med-lab then gets the shock of her life when she finds out who it is--Commander K
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Lori Murray
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escape Velocity was a pretty good book. I really loved the character's of Sacha and Kai. I loved the beginning of the book and how Kai was able to escape. I thought it was really sad the way he was able to escape but while he felt guilty it was the right thing to do. if I was in hos situation I would have done the same thing. I also thought that Sacha and Kai made a really great couple, sure the relationship wasn't perfect but really whose relationship is?
The reason why I gave it 4**** and not
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Rosemary K
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Commander Kai Yang has been a prisoner of the CSS for over a year. Their cruelty and abuse didn't break him, but the death of his friend, Amos, in this prison did. Kai took action and escaped. Now he's back on his ship, the Valiant Knox. He's lost until he sees his best friend, Dr. Sacha Dalton. She touches his heart and mind. She's now a widow and alone. He husband was killed in combat right after Kai went missing. Can they help each other forget their pain and make a life together? I was pulle ...more
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