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Sinclair's style could be compared to what sort of novel might turn out if David Weber married Amanda Quick. Though Sinclair's writing is not nearly as erotic and Quick's. The story is written in first person. The first person character being a court marshaled starship captain imprisoned on an inhospitable planet, who happens to be a total cougar babe with hair too long to imagine, rescued by a roguish pirate who is more than he claims to be. Hair and mugs of tea are the big past time.... Everyone (guys and girls) brushes and braids each other's hair numerous times in this book. Though there's plenty of intrigue and action to keep anyone interested, the romance scenes could have been a little less "fuzzy soft fluffy pillow talk" and a little more action (Linnea, read more Amanda Quick). But this is a guy writing this. The ships and equipment could use a little more description (Linnea, read more David Weber). But then again, this is a guy reading this.
On the whole. It was an enjoyable story and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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Genre (sci fi) romance can either go good or really, really, bad. In this case, we have a solidly written plot, surprises aplenty, a decent heroine with intelligence and logic, and a hero that doesn't have to save her all the time/has his own issues to deal with.
When I read a sci fi romance novel, I always hope the sci fi is the emphasis and has some romance thrown in. That's exactly the balance I found with Gabriel's Ghost. No sex, no alpha male, no idiotic female. Just two people thrown into bad situations who fight their way out using their own unique skills.
The pacing is excellent, with lots of action and adventure to keep you page-turning. In addition, there are several surprises thrown in there that I did not in any way foresee. I especially liked that the author caught the feeling of space and space docks - it wasn't just two people in a spaceship fighting over their attraction, as so often happens. There is a strong over-arching plot and several subplots for the protagonists to explore.
In all, one of the better reads I've had lately and I'll definitely be delving into further novels in this universe.
Of note is the narration. I wish the narrator didn't do accents - the hero's accent sounded like a New Yorker trying to channel British but getting some kind of mangled Australian. It was very off-putting.
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