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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

Any additional comments?

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.

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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Good Performance, Average Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I felt there wasn't enough conflict to make the story more interesting. The characters were at odds, yes, with one another occasionally, but not enough to make me worry about them. Not really. Also, the sex was almost 'cut-and-paste' in it's similarity.I also would have kept this as a novella, since that's what it originally was apparently, the story didn't stretch well.

What other book might you compare Escape Velocity to and why?

I can honestly say I haven't read anything like it to date.

Which character – as performed by Charles Carr – was your favorite?

Definately Sender, most similar to Charles Carr.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Definately more conflict and better sex scenes.

Any additional comments?

Carr has to be commended for his attempt at a 4 year old girl. It was fairly decent, considering how low his natural reading voice was.

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  • Marilyn
  • GLASTONBURY, CT, United States
  • 03-13-13

Sqarely in the "decent" category

"Decent" as is a satisfying read but nothing to write home about.

The narrator did a great job of reading as if acting when it came to dialogue - when someone was speaking from pain, joy, etc., you heard it in the narrator's voice. On the other hand, the narrator used an overly effeminate voice inflected with the tones of expression one might hear among men in a hair salon, but the characters were in the military and might or might not have wanted or needed to be inclined that way. Not for all the voices, really just one and spattered throughout others. It doesn't ruin the reading by any means, but was a distraction for me.

The story is quite predictable, but the details within what you know is going to happen are satisfyingly individual to this story and these characters. You KNOW how it's going to turn out, but it's still an interesting journey. I thought the author's ability to observe people in real life and translate those personalities to writing was above average. A main part of the story included preachiness about views on whether it's ok for men to like men and about how church doctrine (highly similar to Christianity) ruins people and families by telling them what's right and wrong vs. letting them be themselves. It doesn't bother me, but it might be too much for some readers (but then, why would they be reading this book at all?).

The physical scenes between the main characters (there were none between other characters) fit in well with the story, they were not merely put in gratuitously. They all involved caring and relationship between consenting adults. They were fairly brief and not nermerous, but you definitely wouldn't want anyone but a consenting, interested partner of your own to hear them by mistake.

I probably should give the book 4 stars instead of just 3, but athough I enjoyed it quite a bit Its just one of many I enjoy quite a bit, so nothing really stands out. On the other hand, it is definitely decent writing and performance all the way around. I guess I'm picky!