Book Reviews

Gravitational Attraction (ESTO Universe) by Angel Martinez at Mischief Corner Books

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / Outer Space / Soldiers/Mercenaries / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-May-2021

Book Blurb

A broken pilot falls for a man who might be a walking weapon. They may need to save far more than each other.

A mysterious distress call draws the crew of the Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting ship. Empty, except for the gore-spattered corridors and one survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the traumatized man, the crew's comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his responsibility, offering him kindness and warmth after the horror he experienced.

Turk longs for Isaac, a desperate, hopeless ache he'll always carry with him.

But Turk’s brain harbors dangerous secrets, a military experiment gone wrong. When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac to convince Turk to become the weapon he's hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the Hermes crew’s ingenuity, the enigmatic Drak'tar’s help, and Isaac's own stubborn will to save them.



First edition published by Silver Publishing, February 2012.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2014.


Book Review

Wow! This is an amazing science fiction story that swept me away into a world of crooked fleet officers, men valiantly fighting for their freedom and the right not to become ‘experiments’, and an alien race that has a very interesting way of looking at life. The combination of a fascinating view of a potential future and a hot romance between two men whom I quickly grew to care for was as spell-binding as the world they live in.

Isaac is a communications officer with a problem: a malfunctioning brain implant has stopped him from achieving his dream of becoming a pilot, and left him with crippling seizures. He does not let that stop him though, and his courage is as inspiring as his sheer stubbornness. Nobody tells him what he can and cannot do and when he is part of a rescue mission that finds a mysterious survivor, even the somewhat dangerous aura the warrior exudes doesn’t stop Isaac from caring for him. Isaac follows his instinct and has the brainpower to back them up. He may not be the strongest man physically, but, boy does he make up for it mentally and emotionally.

Turk is a Corzin warrior, ‘on loan’ with the human fleet. His exact role and abilities only emerge slowly and are too much a part of the intriguing plot for me to be able to reveal details here without spoiling the surprise. But let me tell you – what a surprise it is! On top of all that he is a warrior in the truest sense, his honor and courage are impeccable and his love for Isaac shines so brightly in each of his actions, it brought more than the occasional tear to my eyes.

Angel Martinez has designed an interesting and consistent future world that makes good use of some well-known sci-fi concepts, adds a few new ideas, and wraps everything up in one irresistible (well, for me) package. And even if I STILL don’t know what a GEM drive is (I would have loved to find out what the abbreviation stands for), I can only recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction, sweeping space-adventure stories, truly heroic men who fight for what is right, and exploring the concepts and behaviors of an alien race that is tantalizingly beyond the human grasp. I am definitely hoping for a sequel in the nearest possible future!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 310 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-May-2021
Price $6.99 ebook
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