"Brilliant Debut book!"
If asked, I would not declare myself an avid futuristic
romance fan. Only I find myself reading a lot of really
outstanding books in this sub-genre of late. Add a new
voice to those "Stellar" Starblazers...Robin T. Popp. The
book is breathtaking! At times, the tension was just so
intense I had to remind myself to breathe! Okay, maybe a
slight exaggeration, but not by much. TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN
is one great book.
This book starts off with a frantic pace as galactic
smuggler Angel Torrence finally sees freedom in her grasp.
She has just made the last payment on her nifty space
shuttle, and now she is her own boss. The last eight years
she's been on the run from the ruler of planet Coronado -
her tyrant grandfather, so she is looking forward to this
independence. No sooner has she taken that first breath as
owner, she watches in horror as raiders blow her ship.
In the carnage of the attack, she "borrows" a spaceship
Icarus to escape. Only this is no ordinary craft in the
computer system is the life-essence of Commander Nicoli
Romanof. He has separated it from his body, allowed that
body to be captured by the dread Harvesters. His intent is
to retake his body and put an end their operation of
stealing and black-marketing bodies and body parts. His
pilot was killed in the same attack as Angel's ship is
destroyed so he must have a top pilot to make sure he gets
there so he can bring the two parts of himself together and
end the Harvesters' operations. While Angel is one of the
best pilots, she has a problem with taking orders, and
Nicoli refuses to put a female in harms way.
That much of an adventure would be enough for a single book
alone and would dazzle us but it's just the start of this
amazing adventure. Nicoli and Angel are vividly conjured;
they just steal your heart. The futuristic world is
brilliantly realized under the gifted talent of Popp.
If you delight in futuristic romances, you MUST read this
one. Even readers who might think they wouldn't enjoy one
will thrill to this story...that picks you up and never
lets you down. TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN is a perfect title, for
you will feel like the mythical Icarus after reading this
Posted September 29, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 3, 2007