Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Away Team

Title: Away Team
Author: Mark Alders
Publisher: extasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-55487-953-3
Genre: {M/M} Science Fiction Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Fresh out of the Academy, Ely Nguyen is excited to head out on his first starship assignment on the Mandrake. He loves his work as an engineer but his off-work hours are lonely and he’d like a boyfriend to spend time with…but who? A chance meeting in a corridor brings geeky scientist Emerson Sonfield to Ely’s attention and they agree to go for a drink.  Will this accidental meeting lead to something special or will Ely’s thoughtless remarks ruin it before it’s had an opportunity to even start? And what about the aliens dragging their ship across the galaxy against their will…are they hostile or just seeking to talk? 

Away Team is the first release in Mark Alders’ new series Starship Cadet Missions and the first book by this author for me. In many respects, it’s a typical journey into space story where the crew has to battle against a race of unknown aliens who they’ve come into contact with. In this case, in addition to the adventure of trying to save the galaxy from destruction, there’s also lots of bantering conversation, good friendships and sizzling hot sex as Ely and Emerson’s relationship grows deeper. Mr. Alders also did a good job with his world building; making Ely and Emerson starship world come alive. There are several good twists and turns that make the story a page turner as the guys and their cadet friend’s deal with the aliens who’ve captured them. 

Where I had problems:

  1. There are some editing issues that I found bothersome. That includes repetition of phrasing, cheesiness and odd choices of words.
  2. Over the top sweetness that at times made my teeth hurt.
  3. Then the one that really bothered me. Acting and going on long mental rambles during inappropriate times when their lives were in danger. 
That being said, I still enjoyed the book and liked the inventive ending where Emerson, Ely and their two friends saved the day…and everyone else. Mr. Alders did a nice job with the details, making the scenes realistic. I look forward to the next release, First Contact.

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