Was excellent as was book 1 in this sci fi series I didn t like the way this ended though and no I don t need my HEA but I don t like being left feeling confused on a cliffhanger with no mention on when the next book is going to be released I think there are a few books planned for this series but TALK ABOUT HOW NOT TO END A NOVEL COME about how NOT to end a novel Come writing is excellent I love the fast paced rhythm to the storyline These books don t linger they re snappy Situations arise and bang they re resolved I like this and it works well for these books The MC is great but due to being in one relationship since he was 18 with a much older lover for nine years it s like he s emotionally tackling new relationships now like an actual 18 year old after he broke it off with his partner The end of this book did my head in I ll will read one book when it s released but BLAH I don t know what to say to that ending EDIT now I know there s another book about to be released I m changing my rating This second book in a very good series is well worth reading for SciFi fans The romance thread is still glacially slow and muted at the end although there is forward movement here Joss Bennet s long time partner is a focus as their relationship nravels leaving space perhaps for FlynnBennet is on a backwater colony planet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In the scramble to get off the ground he is injured and his helmet transponder is destroyed As his family and friends mourn his loss Bennet is working with some
Local Outlaws To Escape The Notice Of The Maees And outlaws to escape the notice of the Maees and a small group of survivors off the planet and to safetyThe action is fun the mourning of those who believe Bennet is dead is affecting I did have a Marie Antoinette uibble with the way Joss shoots himself in the foot I was hoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card I like when splittingp is necessary but hard and with blame to both However this book took me deeper into the characters and the world building and I really enjoyed itOnce
Again The Ending Is the ending is another beginning not a cliff but not an HFN On to book 3 Rating 45 of five ReadingIsResistance to gay men in armed service vanishing now or in the futureHEART SCARAB gets my full attention at my blog because the second TAKING SHIELD book is about grief love and honor and how they can conspire to ruin lives eat happiness and leave devastation in their wake What a great Booksgiving idea for your dearly beloved space opera fanAuthor Butler takes The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics us deeper into the life of Shield Captain Bennet eighteen months following the events on Maess held planet T18 and on board the Gyrfalcon As Bennet performs his duty to evacuate illegal religious fanatic colonists on Telnos soon to be behind Maess the facelessnknown aliens winning a war of annihilation against humanity s great to the 10th power grandchildren lines he obsesses over his failing relationship with his elegant worldly lover Joss his burgeoning love for Pilot Flynn stationed on his father s ship the Gyrfalcon and his patient long suffering Lieutenant Rosie listens to him and moons and pines for him completely Programming in Objective C unheedednnoticed nconsidered for the position she along with the rest of humanity I d guess craves Bennet s loverBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Butler s hands And that s why I read space opera Pile the troubles on with the highest possible stakes Then make the stakes personal Then by gawd create some scary aliens with a baseless grudge and an attitude some super advanced tech th. Aess Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete Caught in a vicious fire fight Bennet is left behind presumed dead His family is.
Review Heart Scarab Taking Shield #2Reviewed for The Novel ApproachGod what a ride this book was As a fan of the first book I was thrilled to read this one It gripped me from the beginning and took me for a ride ntil the very end And I cannot wait for the third bookAfter a failed attempt to evacuate the religious fanatics from Telnos before the Maess
invade Bennet is presumed dead his signal is gone and Rosie has watched him fall after a strafing runBennet is presumed dead his signal is gone and Rosie has watched him fall after a strafing run to pick The Water Of Life up the pieces and move on are the people who loved him the most his family his I ve been looking forward to story ever since I read book one in the series Gyrfalcon What can I say I love a good military sci fi story and once again Anna Butler deliversThis is epic space opera at its finest in the tradition of such writers as David Weber or Eric Flint More than any other genre convincing sci fi needs a strong foundation of characterization plot and world building Many authors shine at one or two elements it s rare that you get stellar treatment of all three in one story I bet if you asked the author for details about the ships and the structure of the political organizations things that aren t related in the story she could tell you about them without hesitation I certainly hope that future stories include specs on some ships the geek in me really wants to see them The different branches of the military Fleet and Shield and the rotational system designed to keep Shield officers from burning out makes sense from a logistical standpoint but man is it hell on relationships Add to that the political machinations behind the military and it is small wonder that the idealistic Bennet has a hard time knowing where he stands sometimesThen we have the characters themselves What I love most about them is that they are complicated people with the kinds of motives and failings that make them so very real so very human I love too that even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out to the point that if something happens to them I feel a strong sense of loss for them Bennet is not very likeable when he hurt which keeps him from being too too perfect Bisexuality is common in thisniverse but there are still sects that disapprove of same sex relationships The biggest obstacle that Flynn and Bennet face is not societal disapproval or even the no fraternization rule which Bennet takes very seriously but the sheer distance between them and the The Year of Living Biblically unlikelihood they will ever see each other again except if they can somehow arrange leave together That makes even starting a foolhardynless it s one with no strings Flynn is your classic no strings attached flyboy this should easy for him right But Bennet is hard for him to forget and when a dangerous mission goes pear shaped and Flynn realizes just how close he came to losing Bennet forever well his actions are easy to nderstandThe relationships in these stories are complex and very real No this is not MM romance It is however adult fiction and for that I am truly is not MM romance It is however adult fiction and for that I am truly ll be the first to admit I don t leave reviews often I think there is an art to it and I find it difficult to leave a good review without too many spoilers When a book really speaks to me I do my best however Gyrfalcon was a strong opening to an epic series with a large over arching storyline that I fear will break my heart It was a tough first act to follow but Heart Scarab takes s to the next level effortlessly I can t wait for the next installment 375 STARSOK this book was really going places being book 2 in the Taking Shield series it. Shield Captain Bennet is on Telnos a npleasant little planet inhabited by religious fanatics and nregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines It’s about to be about to be overrun by the At is actually just like what we have now on steroids so I can believe itWhy I read this space opera is simple gay guy Bennet flies in the face of humanity s one apparently eternal character flaw religious belief to live his truth as a man who loves men Add to that his father s strong religious convictions and his family s long tradition of military service his older lover s patrician disdain for exactly how his luxurious lifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and that prevent him from pursuing his new love for Flynn and you have a witches brew of good dramaStill very little sex Very little indeed And what there is is non graphic by today s standards More than in Gyrfalcon I think though I haven t done a statistical analysis I can assure the eww ick sueamish that no For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde unpleasantly meaty words aresed and with a small effort of intentional misunderstanding the import of the few sexual scenes can be contextualized as emotional intimacies that can t be expressed in any other way without falseness Who here hasn t had what you knew was break Scary Stories 3 up sex while pretending the pleasures of a familiar touch were after all enough Yeah me too and so does Bennet when the flypaper and prayers that ve kept Joss in his life finally blow apartnder the final assault DeathBennet you see has the bad taste and rude vigor to return from the dead It s justunseemly And after Joss in the manner of their people has made sacrifices of his and Bennet s favorite artwork the perfect and glorious antiuities Joss archaeologist by
offered p the gods for Bennet ancient historian by academic training to se in the Field of Reeds back comes Bennet hale and hearty and not in the Fieldtraining offered p
of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd that hale andReeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd that hale and is solely a valid description when matched against dead and rotting on an alien held planet Bennet is in shards physically and psychically and emotionally His body will heal slowly his psyche and emotions might or might not heal at all ever and he might well never get to se his new bionic knee back in his deeply loved Shield role A soldier who s too broken to soldier is by definition A Very Unhappy Man Add to this soldier s woes the emotional mismatch between himself and his partner The immense irresistible force of falling in love with the right one The awful reality of wartime military service meaning Tono Bungay unavoidable separation from your loverhappy sighI will say my wish expressed in my review of Gyrfalcon to get to sympathize with poor overmatched Joss came true I was sad for him as he was hollowed out by loss and the hideous regret charged acid bath that is grief All the times one falls short one isnkind impatient Magical Sweet Mermaid unwilling tonderstand or empathizeoh gods and goddesses those will keep a soul awake and agonized as they replay The Choice unchanging andnchangeable in the darkness But far painful is the way they play out like movies on a screen while living breathing people are making noises meant to distract console reach you in the locked projection booth of your failingsYes Joss I know that one Author Butler was cruel to you Goodness knows you deserved it butwelldon t we allAnd the ending of this story is fascinating It is nusual within the genre of gay male centered fiction I will read the next installment of Taking Shield called Makepeace as soon as I ve caught my breath and begun to accept the changes wrought on my feelings alreadyWhich if I need to say it is the hallmark of a really good read. Grieving Joss his long term partner grieves with them; lost nhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here He isn’t family He isn’t partner or lover All he is is brok. .