Review: Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara

May 22, 2015 Review 0

Review:  Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara

Worst Possible Birthday: Being sold into slavery by none other than your lover.

Tover Duke’s rare ability to move anything instantly across light-years of space makes him a powerful, valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation, and a rock star among the people of the colonies. His life is luxurious. Safe. Routine.

He has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus-Kaku Station. His one brush with danger of any kind—the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life—is Cruz Arcadio, a dark-haired, hard-bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he’s something much more.

When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it’s with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz. As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage, he begins to understand the only way to free his body, his mind—and his heart—is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once-perfect life was a lie.

Warning: This story contains descriptions of extreme violence and assault. It also contains graphic sexual depictions. It also has a lot of birds. And pirate movies from the future. And romance.

Title: Song of the Navigator
Author: Astrid Amara
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: May 26, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 224
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

For those of you who may actually read, let alone follow, my reviews you know that I read a lot of different things.  Well, pretty much anything fiction.  You may have also noticed that sometimes I will see different things in what I read, that the author may or may not have intended, that touch me in some way.  This is actually one of those.

The story is quite engaging and interesting.  The evolution of Tover was harrowing, but intriguing – and yes, that is how I saw the story.  The evolution of Tover from an ignorant patsy to a stalwart revolutionary.  Not only was I inspired by Tover’s evolution, but appalled at the reasons behind it and how I could actually see the parallels in today’s society.

I am not talking about “When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it’s with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz.”  I am talking about the world of big business that Tover was raised in.  On the one hand it was shocking what they seemed to get away with, but on the other hand, not so much.  Just sad.

Maybe I think too much when I read a book, but I found this one stimulated that thinking.  Not sure the author intended anything more than entertainment, but well, strange things have been known to get me thinking.  Scary, isn’t it?

Please don’t get me wrong, any fan of m/m romance with a sci-fi, suspense, adventure flavor will enjoy this book.  Though do beware, take this warning very seriously – “Warning: This story contains descriptions of extreme violence and assault. It also contains graphic sexual depictions.”    Me – I am okay with the darker side of things sometimes, but if violence and torture bother you, pass on this book.  For the rest of us, it is a fast paced story, with well-developed characters that are interesting.

The emotional roller-coaster ride of this story was all over the place.  From happy and basically content, to horror and despair, and everything in between.  I gasped. I cringed.  I sighed.  I cried.  I laughed out loud.  I cheered.  I was satisfied with the way it ended.

Although the story came to a good ending, I could see the potential for a continued story.  Not the collaborative effort that the author alluded to in her afterward, but a continuation of Tover and Cruz’s story.  I wonder if they are still whispering to the author.  I hope she listens.

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