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Line and Orbit [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Soem , Sunny Moraine
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Book Description

What he’s been taught to fear could be his destiny…and his only hope.

Adam Yuga, a rising young star in the imperialist Terran Protectorate, is on the verge of a massive promotion…until a routine physical exam reveals something less than perfection. Genetic flaws are taboo, and Adam soon discovers there’s a thin line between rising star and starving outcast.

Stripped of wealth and position, stricken with a mysterious, worsening illness, Adam resorts to stealing credits to survive. Moments from capture by the Protectorate, help arrives in the form of Lochlan, a brash, cocksure Bideshi fighter.

Now the Bideshi, a people long shunned by the Protectorate, are the only ones who will offer him shelter. As Adam learns the truth about the mysterious, nomadic people he was taught to fear, Lochlan offers him not just shelter—but a temptation Adam can only resist for so long.

Struggling to adapt to his new life, Adam discovers his illness hides a terrible secret, one that the Protectorate will stop at nothing to conceal. Time is growing short, and he must find the strength to close a centuries-old rift, accept a new identity—and hold on to a love that could cost him everything.

Warning: This title contains brief scenes of explicit violence and mild but potentially triggering homophobia.



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"Moraine (In the Pale Moonlight) and debut author Soem collaborate on a deliciously fulfilling gay sci-fi romance...Readers will fall for the engaging dialogue, wonderfully fleshed-out characters, a sexy and realistic romance, fully realized world-building, and a genuinely interesting science fictional core issue to work through. This phenomenal novel marks Moraine and Soem as authors to watch." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"[A] delightful romance with a brilliantly clever science fiction twist...A truly innovative story that will even reward after multiple reads." - RT Book Reviews

"This is the perfect read for the sci-fi lovers out there." - USA Today

"A parable of timeless wisdom and eternal truths, wrapped up in a beautifully written, intriguing tale and painted in pictures so vibrant and colorful, they took me right out of my own time and space." - Reviews by Jessewave

"Astonishingly good...The writing is strong, the characters are all fascinating as hell, and the setting is really, truly epic." - Radish Reviews

Book Description

Adam is on the verge of a massive promotion in the Terran Protectorate…until a routine physical exam reveals something less than perfection. Stripped of wealth and position, he’s saved from capture by Lochlan, a brash Bideshi fighter.
As he learns the truth about the people he was taught to fear, a disturbing new desire arises for Lochlan, who offers the shelter of a lover’s arms. Then Adam discovers his illness hides a terrible secret, one the Protectorate will stop at nothing to conceal—and he must find the strength to hold on to a love that could cost him everything.

Product Details

  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009IV9K76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man, oh man April 8, 2013
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Wow. I mean, holy crap.
I held off doing this review 'cause I wasn't sure what to say or how to say it. I'm still not sure so just bear with me.
This has everything! Everything you might want or need from a sci-fi/romance/fantasy. There's action, there's mystery, there's intergalactic warfare, genetic modification, there's humanity and grief and love and just holy crap of everything good.
I don't even know where to start. Bideshi! How to even describe them? At first I though they were the descendants of Romani, but as I kept reading more about their ways and traditions, they struck me more as a mix of gypsies and Israelites with just a touch of Native American. The combination to just blow your freaking mind. Their ship (one of the three we are introduced to) defies any descriptions. Sure, I could give it a try, but it won't be the same. You gotta read the book to get the feeling of it, the connection, the beauty.
I love the plot. Just love it. To the point where I found myself offended when someone mentioned that this book 'tried to take on the issue of genetic modification and failed.' Really? Humanity, man. Humanity is what it's all about. We're not talking about some technical sci-fi genetic handbook here. This reaches for the root (excuse the pun) of what makes us human. The wonderful fragility and imperfection of our place in the world. There's such a wealth of failure and triumph in this, such a ravishing collection of joy and pain and mystery, a joining of everything conceivable to make you just FEEL.
And the romance! I never, ever fall in love so fully with both characters. Usually, one of them will feel incomplete. Adam and Lochlan are so different, so real, both flawed in different ways and equally frustrating. But together, they're bloody magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable, shocking, and just plain amazing! February 17, 2013
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Line and Orbit has a summary that does it no justice at all, but is perfect because it tells the story without every detail. When I opened the book, I thought that I could predict the ways of each character. After every chapter, I had to change the course of my thoughts. The characters were very developed and every choice they made changed how things played out in their future. It was sort of like I was watching from a distance what would happen in a day to day situation, if we lived in space and knew of other sentient beings, of course. It reminded me of the saying about how even a butterfly's wing can change the weather.

The basics can easily be predicted: so-and-so will fall in love with him/her, a tragedy will befall so-and-so, etc. But, 'NO, you CANNOT and WILL NOT predict the story line' and 'you WILL read the ENTIRE book because EACH and EVERY sentence will FORCE you to do so' were thrown into my face by the authors.

And that's exactly what I did. Enjoy this wonderful read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Line and orbit May 21, 2013
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In a far future, humanity is genetically engineered to be perfect, and lives clean, useful lives in cities. The travelling bands of raggle-taggle Bideshi are thieves and live in dirty home-ships, inbred and useless. That's the version as taught to schoolchildren, anyway.

Adam Yuga is heading for promotion with a planetary mining firm and just has to pass a few standard checks. He is stunned when a medical check fails and he is stripped of job and privileges - nobody wants to be around someone with a disease. His credits are used on medical costs but the illness progresses to weakness and tremors. To feed himself he has to steal; but he's a computer engineer, and he can't resist taking too much once he hacks a bank. An alert is issued and he is saved only by a scruff with dreadlocks who drags him onto a small spaceship and off the planet.

The Bideshi man, Lochlan, thinks Adam might be useful. However the Bideshi can help Adam, because their spiritual healer is able to arrest the progress of the illness for a time. Then the Protectorate fleet comes hunting him down, and it is clear that more than just money is at stake. In LINE AND ORBIT there are obvious echoes of films Silent Running and Avatar, as the Bideshi live in spaceships full of forests and grasslands, programmed to replicate seasons. The sterile-by-comparison Protectorate consider these gypsy people as little better than animals. Adam is so well engineered that he learns to fire weapons and be a fighter pilot almost instantly, and fights not just for himself but for Lochlan and his new community. An alien race he meets, the fearsome Klashorg, turns out to have more in common with the Bideshi than their 'pure' cousins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars October 1, 2014
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4.5 stars
Absolutely fabulous. I've been in a bit of a weird mood, because I used to swear that I was not into any sci-fi related books...but that is no longer true. This was such a well told and beautiful story. So many things that I loved about it. The characters were wonderful and unforgettable and full of honor and sacrifice and (as Nick has recently reminded me) decency. There were times when I almost felt that I couldn't quite grasp it, like it was just out of reach, I almost had it, but I realized, I was just really living through Adam. I felt it all, Ying's hands pressing into him, his guilt and loneliness, desire and confusion. It was wonderful. Lochlan was a hell of guy, brash and rude, but so loyal, so...sensitvie really. Kae...oh, just loved him, he was so...the guy you wish was your best friend, the guy you hope someone you love ends up with. Spectacular.
I must say that even though this is M/M romance, the romance is rather secondary, very small in actuality, though it is always there, rumbling under the surface, you are aware of the characters and their sensitivity to each other, when Adam is scanning the crowd for Lock, you realize that you were too. They didn't move and react the way I wanted them to...I wanted more, but they couldn't be rushed, it wouldn't have been genuine.
Adam is ill and cast out of his world for his imperfection and there is a lot to be said about the Protectorate and their absolute arrogance in the pursuit of creating a perfect race of people. But even though there is atrocity, even though they are arrogant and well wrong, there is still a bit of honor to them as well. With one exception. I won't go into that.
I think this was just brilliantly written and such a beautiful story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
Is it possible for a book to be visually stunning? I think so. I could see the beauty described so clearly. The people, ships, ancient trees and stars, as well as swirling nebula. Read more
Published 3 months ago by HisBabes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
One of the best science fiction books I have ever come across. Well thought out, cleverly written and gripping from beginning to end. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars No regrets reading this one....
Superb science fiction fantasy . I didn't get lost in technological jargon. Some space stories I read bogs me down with too much
detail. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Blaltimore Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this
It took over my life. I was completely engrossed in this gorgeous new world, the writing, the characters, all of them. Lochlan, Adam, Kae. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BookNerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God!
This was one of the best reads out there. It had everything...love,loss, and redemption. I give this 10 stars! Can't wait for more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very complicated and original and wonderful
Beautiful story. So intricate and unique. There's so much that goes on, so many characters and sides, but distinct personalities and viewpoints. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Adrienne
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable page-turner
I really enjoyed this book. It was more scifi than romance, but the romance aspects were woven in nicely. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Please write a sequel!
I loved this book. Very well developed sci-fi with a fantastic, complicated M/M romance in the middle of it. Very well done!
Published 20 months ago by Aliciawe
4.0 out of 5 stars Right in Line for perfect summer reading!
Wonderful melding of a good, original sci-fi story with a sizzling m/m romance. I was not dissapointed in reading it because the erotic scenes were well placed in the midst of an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by DJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
This was a wonderfully exciting read and I loved the genuine characters. It had me guessing right up until the end.
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