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Linguist Elios Campbell is thrilled to be granted flight time in a Colonial Guard fighter jet, until he catches sight of his pilot. Spending time with Sender Kinnison holds even more appeal than the flight itself.

Sender's desire for other men is forbidden by his faith and his family. He tries to resist his attraction to Elios, who is unlike anyone he's ever known. When he fails, the incredible sex quickly leads to something deeper, forcing Sender to question his long-held beliefs.

Then, duty calls Sender home to the repressed colony of Themis. Will he be forced to give up a future with Elios to honor the ghosts of his past?

First published as Runaway Star, newly revised by the authors.

©2012 Anah Crow (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Steve
  • Wichita, KS, United States
  • 03-23-12

This could be the first of a great series!

I find that I’m partial to gay romance books that transcend the human reality of our experience either through science fiction or fantasy. As long as the characters are human or close enough to identify with. The added dimension of other worldliness makes it easier for me to look past my own sense of the impossible and experience the excitement of living a different life.
The two central characters of the book embody the qualities of the men I’ve always longed for not only as physical specimens but with all of the qualities and flaws that make them loveable.
The characters that surround them are also believable avoiding the exteme stereotypes of perfection, super-human abilities or ridiculous embodiments of good or evil.
While the story is left at a satisfying place in the end, the implied adventures underlying all of the book’s events are barely begun. I have to hope the story can continue in subsequent sequels!
The production of the audio book is also worth mentioning. As I’ve experienced more and more audiobooks, I’ve become more aware of the difficulties of pulling off a narration using only one narrator. Male readers often lose me when they have to shift to voices of women or children, leaving me to roll my eyes at their inability to pull this off. Charles Carr does an excellent job of this. His timing and pacing are also goodwhich not only makes it easy to keep up with and understand, but helps it get closer to the experience of reading it for yourself.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great Narrator!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Escape Velocity to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I had already listened to the authors other audiobook, which was a disappointment. So, I was happily surprised after taking a chance with this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Quite simply, the narration. The story was different and the characters interesting. But the narrator Charles Carr is so very talented and engaging that he made everything better.

What about Charles Carr’s performance did you like?

Charles Carr's performance is immediately engaging. His characterizations sound right, and he makes both the lovers accessible and empathetic. The love scenes are passionate and real.

Who was the most memorable character of Escape Velocity and why?

Sender is a very likeable character with surprising depth. I couldn't help caring about his happiness. Even though we meet Elios first and are set up to see things through his perspective at first, Sender quickly became the one I cared about more. His character goes through more changes and therefore he gains more depth and real empathy.

Any additional comments?

I am VERY disappointed that there are no other books narrated by Charles Carr currently available at audible! Obviously, the narrator can make (or break) a book, especially in this particular genre. I hope more of this narrator's work becomes available soon.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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More like this one please!

If you could sum up Escape Velocity in three words, what would they be?

It Was Great!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the story line, the characters, the plot, the narration. I couldn't wait to drive somewhere just so I could continue to listen to it.

What about Charles Carr’s performance did you like?

He read with warmth and enthusiasm and his voices helped me to differentiate between the characters with no second-guessing. I liked the tone of his voice too. He's a great narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love is The Mission

Any additional comments?

These two authors combined to write a top notch book for my enjoyment. I'll be looking for more of their books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • NORFOLK, VA, United States
  • 07-03-12

SciFi gay romance, what more could you ask for.

Would you consider the audio edition of Escape Velocity to be better than the print version?

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Very intellectually and emotionally satisfying. I even gifted this book to a friend who claimed he didn't like science fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • tina
  • cokato, MN, United States
  • 02-23-13

Wow

So this is a gay romance novel. This is the first time I have listened to one. The sex scenes were great, the plot not so much. I guess I was expecting some kind of end point to the book, it seems the authors are setting up for a series but really didn't care about ending this book. Saying that, one of the characters is having a hard time with whole religion/ gay thing. I think some of the issues he faces, are what a lot of gay people have had to face. I thought that maybe this would be a good book for someone who is struggling with the same issues.

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Good story

The concept of EV is well thought out and the plot is very interesting. If it didn't not lag in the last half that would have made it better. Great narration

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Excellent narration of a so-so story

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I enjoyed this story very much until the last hour or so. The resolution felt rushed, it seemed like the problems were just suddenly gone, they all went on the space mission even though one of the characters was so badly injured that he could not go from a prone position to sitting without help and a lot of pain.<br/><br/>That said, the story seems to be lingering in my brain so I will probably listen to it again at some point.

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  • Meghan
  • Greenbelt, MD, United States
  • 07-11-13

A Surprising and Delightful Sci-fi Romance

I purchased this during a sale event on Audible. I hadn't been looking for it in particular but the story sounded interesting and the price was incredible so why not. I have to say it was worth every penny and then some. I hope the writers continue the story line as it would make a good series. It's a sci-fi romance which is not typical, sci-fi or romance. The furturistic setting enhances the story rather than becoming a main focus. The love story was sweet and believable. It is a love story about two men, but even if you don't normally read LGBT romance you might want to give it a try anyway. It's about falling in love and accepting yourself for who you are and your parents for who they were.

The performance was pretty good. It's not the best narration I've ever heard but the he did a good job of making distict voices for several male and female characters as well as that of a 4 year old girl. I'd certainly listen to something else narrated by him.

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Not what I expected

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I skipped over the majority. It should be in romance not si-fi.

What was most disappointing about Anah Crowe and Dianne Fox ’s story?

By the part I was able to listen to before purchasing, I expected a story all about communication and trying to reach and understand aliens. Instead, this was just a backdrop to a love story between the to main gentleman.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

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Ummm can't get past 4 chapter

I kinda like this book...but I can't seem to get past the 4th chapter. Maybe I will finish this later, but as of now... Not such an amazing book. I think the blurb is the best part of the story...

3 of 6 people found this review helpful