Title: Dark Space
Author: Lisa Henry
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: M/M Science Fiction
Rating: 5+ stars
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: Two men learn to live within the dark, teaching each other how to survive and finding that their love can provide much needed light.
Blurb: Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He’s also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag.
Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless — the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he’s back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they’re sharing more than a heartbeat: they’re sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreams.
Not that Brady’s got time to worry about his growing attraction to another guy, especially the one guy in the universe who can read his mind. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just biochemistry and electrical impulses. It doesn’t change the truth: Brady’s alone in the universe.
Now the Faceless are coming and there’s nothing anyone can do. You can’t stop your nightmares. Cam says everyone will live, but Cam’s probably a traitor and a liar like the military thinks. But that’s okay. Guys like Brady don’t expect happy endings.
Dark Space Series
Review: I am speechless. At a loss. Please go read the blurb–again if necessary because I am not really going to summarize this novel for you. Instead, I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs telling you exactly why you must read this book. That’s right. Those of you who know me remember that I do that cutesy thing at the end of each review suggesting that the choice to read a book is up to you. Well, not with this one. Nope–crack open the wallet cause this is one you are going to buy. Trust me–you are.
Why? Well, it could be because Lisa Henry is a genius at developing arresting and magnificent characters. They live and breath, leaping right off the page into your heart and mind and taking up residence there. They are like old trusted friends and when they suffer-you find yourself weeping for them. Like when Cam must finally reveal all that the Faceless did to him? Oh dear reader, the horror you feel–the sadness that overwhelms you.
Or when Brady gets beaten nearly to death and then his only means of survival is to be immersed in an alien pod that is akin to drowning. I shudder just remembering how I felt as I read those passages. That is phenomenal writing at its very best–that it can reach in and grab you so fiercely that you forget you are reading fiction–for just a moment you are transported into the story. Amazing.
Dark Space thrusts two men into an unprecedented situation–two bodies sharing one heartbeat. Cameron, the military’s poster boy, returns from captivity to the reality that medic in training Brady is his human battery. The touch of Brady’s hand allows Cameron to live–his heart to beat true and steady. So it goes to follow then that these two men will become entwined irrevocably. The fact that they fall in love en route is a bonus and believe me, it is one of the most tender love stories ever written given the fact that it develops within a nightmare.
The Faceless are the stuff that night terrors are borne from–dark and slimy, slithery and repulsive. I shrank back each time the author allowed them space on the page. The horror they induced was so visceral, I felt myself looking over my shoulder into the dark room behind me and realized I should not be reading this at night–broad daylight was in order when it came to this alien race and its leader Kai-Ren.
This is who Cam escaped from–this is who is coming to negotiate a treaty. A race that thought the likes of these men were nothing more than bugs to be squashed underfoot. It is a dark irony then that the author paints them to look almost insect-like in appearance.
So, if these characters don’t grab you…then the story–the slowly unfolding tale of self-discovery, love and potential loss undoubtedly will. Dark Space details how Brady comes to realize that not only is he gay but that he is slowly falling in love with a man who is a potential traitor and the envoy for a race of beings that can and will wipe out the world as he knows it.
Author Lisa Henry puts us right into the hearts and minds of these two men. We taste their fear, their lust and, yes, even their love. I raced through this novel–I had to get to the end, had to see how it was all going to resolve. I literally could not put this one down.
I have no glib or humorous way of saying how incredible this novel was to me. The fact is that Dark Space by Lisa Henry gripped me by the scruff of my neck from the very first word on the page to the final punctuation mark and did not let go. Even now as I read through this review, I have to acknowledge that I cannot fully put into words how much this novel affected me–it was just the best sci-fi/paranormal/romance I have ever read.
So go to the link and do yourself a huge favor–buy it. I unashamedly and unreservedly highly recommend this novel to you. It IS a five star read and you should not miss out on this one!