Gravitational Attraction

Gravitational Attraction
Title: Gravitational Attraction
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: M/M Science Fiction / Action / Adventure / Romance
Length: 84,206 words
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Thoroughly enjoyable escapist space opera working with the full set of heart, balls and brain to produce a fun package.

Blurb: A mysterious distress call draws the crew of the Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting ship. Empty that is, except for the blood and gore-spattered corridors and one lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced.

Turk longs for Isaac, a desperate, hopeless ache he knows he’ll always carry with him.

But Turk harbors dangerous secrets, his brain a military experiment gone wrong. When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become the cataclysmic weapon he’s hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the ingenuity of the Hermes crew, the help of the enigmatic Drak’tar, and Isaac’s own stubborn will to save them.

Review:

I bought this from an Amazon recommendation, and when I’d finished reading asked Wave if I could review it…….that doesn’t happen often with me as ……well, free books to review are always a draw and I’m a greedy reader. What I found particularly appealing here was the completeness of this very entertaining book, all the bits combined like a well designed Apple product.

The main characters were lovely together- vulnerable, damaged, heroic, brave and tender. The action was fast paced, but with some really good getting to know you interludes that didn’t feel rationed or an authorial indulgence. The science fiction constructs melded with my fuzzy ideas of reality while the aliens and their world really worked for me- visually and emotionally. Aliens usually just feel weird, contrived or are simply Spock knock offs, but I really enjoyed the Drak’tar, the Corzin and their integrated society. The introduction we got to their language was enough for anthropological realism but not so much that I felt irritated or the need to enrol in a language school. The secondary characters filled the cast with added interest and warmth, no paper cut outs here. The bad guy was effective enough for me to want him splattered across the universe- he shouldn’t have touched Isaac  that is all I’m saying. So, yes as you can see I was totally lost inside Angel Martinez’s highly coloured but satisfying creation.

Isaac and Turk formed a believable relationship, this in spite of an almost instant attraction- which was acceptable given the Corzin cultural experience. Both main characters have a nice level of depth about them, Isaac’s curiosity is a significant feature of his personality, keeping his life going after his failure to become a pilot. While Turk’s star gazing adventurous spirit is bruised but not broken by his experiences away from home. Often in the romance genre the story, somewhat naturally, concentrates on getting the guys together with a few problems on the way and that is it done. Incidentally, Isaac’s nicely detailed back story helped in understanding just why he reacted less than sensibly to one of those ‘problems’. Here, we got to see the guys really together- albeit still threatened by outside problems – as a delightful working and fighting partnership.

Within the story, both Isaac and Turk experienced different environments to those they were used to, which was a good way of getting a lot of information across in a casual way. There is a creative balance between the close focus intimacy of the main relationship and a wider large scale angle that encompassed the bigger picture of the world building and the action sequences. Moreover I really enjoyed the metaphors involving resonance, sound, and gravity which were used to describe Isaac and Turk’s perfect bonding, but also extended not only to the way their altered brains meshed but to actual components of space travel. A very satisfying synergy of images.

This was a great escapist read for me; a strong dynamic love affair, warm friendships, enough detail to make a universe believable and exciting world threatening situations to test all the joins.

Recommended

19 comments

  • So I’m a little slow on the uptake, but it finally occurred to me to see if anyone had reviewed this book on the site. (I did mention I’m a little slow, right? 😀 ) Great review, Raine, I agree completely! :yes:

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    • We are both big fans of this world jeayci :hurrah:

      It is now one of my rationed rereads and books in this group are my most loved.

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  • Finished, really liked overall, even if had some issues, thank you so much for sealing the deal :). Solid four stars for me, here is what I said on Amazon.

    I really had a lot of fun reading this book. The author has great imagination and created unique and memorable alien world which has a great mix of human and non human culture. The battles in space, the scary and exciting development of the technology which can make human body do extraordinary things – I loved all this. Turk and Isaac were wonderful together, and that despite the fact that their story started with much disliked by me Insta!Love and I really could do without such emphasizing of their difference in sizes. I guess in the action stories I am a touch more forgiving of Insta!Love because there is so much to do for the characters and I guess in emergency times I can see Insta!Lust and Insta!connection a bit more easier, especially if the guys have such great chemistry. There was one aspect of the sexuality of Corbins that made me roll my eyes (all women and all men, really? ALL of them?), but seeing several wonderful women in both cultures I guess pushed some of my irritation down. And did I mention great chemistry and awesome action in space? 🙂

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    • Hey Sirius,

      Great to hear your thoughts on this one. 😀

      I thought the instant attraction/love was very much in the tradition of the werewolf mate instinct – which as you know I have a strange addiction to anyway- so in any fantasy/SF genre I’m easy with the manifestation of it. As you say the chemistry is great, but I particularly liked the tenderness too.

      As to the Corzin’s sexuality, I loved that there was no compromise on this, that there was this separation and that this was the status quo for them………. 🙂

      So glad you had fun with this.

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    • Hello Angel,

      congratulations on writing such an enjoyable book, I’m really looking forward to your new one Vassily the Beautiful. 🙂

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  • I have had this on my kindle forever!! It has just jumped to my “currently reading” folder. Starting it today 😀

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    • Hi Barb

      you have unread books on your Kindle 😯 ……wow……I wish I had such self control! Really hope you enjoy this as much as I did. 😀

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  • want him splattered across the universe

    Yup, that’s a good villain. ^^ You got me on escapist space opera though. Thanks!

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    • This reminded me a bit of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, for the energy and the good team vibe, but it doesn’t have the humour that Whedon does so well. This is much more of a big romantic adventure. Hope it’s to your taste. 🙂

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  • I have heard only good things about this book, but waited to hear your impressions :). Sold, love space operas with great characters – thank you.

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