Monday, October 18, 2010

The Balance of Silence


Title: The Balance of Silence
Author: S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-191-5
Genre: {M/M} Sci-Fi Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Riv’s world is off-balance. One horrible night makes staying aboard the Hoku impossible, so Riv resigns his commission to join ReliefCorp. His new position takes him to Maltana’s war-torn rainforest where he encounters a mute piano player he dubs “Ducks”.

Ducks shies away from contact, but is drawn to Riv. He helps Riv and in turn, Riv decides to take Ducks with him to seek out medical attention. Their bond grows after Ducks is taken to Riv’s home world. It becomes clear that they share a mutual attraction but without completely healing, Ducks feels whatever relationship they could forge would be a shadow of what they both deserve.

The Balance of Silence is a well written sci-fi saga that reflects on second chances, forgiveness, acceptance and finding love. S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore have created a compelling story with two great characters. I would have loved to watch the relationship evolve more and witness the men finally allow carnal delights to sweep them away, but that was not to be.

It was hard not to like Riv and Ducks. Both men have a great deal to overcome and are unwilling to take shortcuts to gain happiness. Riv tried to restore his balance through some dangerous routes. I couldn’t be angry because one actually led him to Ducks. I felt Duck’s pain and determination to get better. Riv was a large part of that healing process, but not the focal point. Duck’s knew what had to be accomplished and allowed nothing to stand in his way. He stuck to his guns even when it pulled him away from the one person he loved.

The backdrop changes from time to time, adding the right touch to each scene as we transition. Overall, I believe those who enjoy Sci-Fi will be pleasantly pleased when they read The Balance of Silence.

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