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"A fast-paced science fiction romance"

Sophia (nicknamed Sam) has always done the best she could for her brother. When a stranger shows up on her farm offering a cure for Mart's disease she knows immediately that she must go with him -- even if it means leaving the safety of Earth and traveling to the planet Xaspaar, the capital of the Galactic Core Coalition. She winds up in the middle of a galaxy wide crisis, meeting JorVaal 5 Lanquist, one of the three leaders of the entire Coalition. Sam, who fears the future and clings to the ancient history of her planet, feels deeply for the JorVaal, but what kind of relationship can she have with a man who has been taught that sex is a basic daily activity and that the past should be ignored in favor of the future?

JANUS IS A TWO-HEADED GOD is a fast-paced futuristic romance that confronts questions of culture, destiny and ultimately, the nature of love itself. Knight's characters are complex and very human, but still heroic. The story has a bunch of loveable secondary characters to round it out but the meat of the romance itself is the cultural differences between JorVaal and Sam. Though both are from fully human stock, JorVaal's upbringing in a different world leads to more than a few conflicts over any future that they may have together. It is an excellent example of science fiction romance written properly -- using the cultures and possibilities of the future to full advantage.

Paranormal fans may latch onto the prophecy aspect of the story which, though, minor, was still interesting. Destiny is always a fun concept in a romance novel, and though it is at times subtle it is interesting enough to leave one with the hope that we will learn more about the Ancients in the future! JANUS is a delightful novel with enough thrills and warm moments for any reader, but those who enjoy their romance with a twist of otherworldly allure will enjoy it most of all.

ParaNormal Romance Copyright 2002
Reviewed by Ann Leveille
Posted October 30, 2002

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Posted November 19, 2006

SUMMARY

Year: 2452. Sophia McLaren (Sam) has taken care of her younger brother Martin, ever since they were orphaned. Mart suffers from a medical condition that has no cure on planet Earth. A chance to be healed comes his way when a traveler from the fabled Galactic Core Coalition (GCC), located in the Milky Way's center, tells Mart about a remedy for his disease. The only catch is that he must travel to Xaspaar, the GCC home planet, to obtain treatment.

JorVaal 5 Lanquist, one of the leaders of the GCC on Xaspaar, has enough on his mind with the latest crisis facing the GCC: the inexplicable behavior of a rival member race--the aggressive Uortzks. For some unknown reason, the Uortzks are sabotaging their own sun, increasing its chances to go supernova. This explosion, together with another projected interstellar disaster--an evaporating black hole-- will in the near future, endanger all life forms in the galaxy. How is he going to find time to host this female visitor from primitive Earth and her sickly brother?

 

Janus Is A Two-Headed God
by Susanne Marie Knight

Earthling Press
January 1, 2002
Available: December 6, 2006
ISBN #1587491966
EAN #9781587491962
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