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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937551652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937551650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,610,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I felt a frisson of excitement as I read the first page of G. B. Gordon's exciting first novel, Santuario (Riptide Publishing, 2012), and realized I was in the presence of a major new writer. [...] Considering how some authors jaw on for 300 pages or more, Gordon is effective at just 200, but with writing this good we wouldn't mind if he did dawdle. I felt positively relieved to see on Gordon's blog that Book Two in the series--Free Falling--is in the works.  Can't wait. --Dick Smart, Lambda Literary

About the Author

G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing. Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard. Gordon online: Website and blog: Twitter: Goodreads:

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I think I spent the majority of this book feeling confused.
Heather K
Bengt and Alex are interesting as individuals and seeing them forced to work together made them even more interesting.
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This was a book I couldn't put down and read all in one sitting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Frances (LeAnn's Book Reviews) on October 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

"I'm sure I don't know any more about your world than you about ours. We're too isolated from each other to change that."

I saw this book, then I read the blurb and hesitated. Do I read it? The little voice in the back of my head was insistent, reminding that this book would be a challenge for me and dared me to step up. So I did, and I really liked it which surprised the hell out of me!

First let me explain that I am not a fan of science fiction. Not in movies or in books, so when I read "their generation ship landed on the planet", that right there was the first hurdle. Then add to it the fact that this book is more a Mystery/Suspense than a Romance and that the author, G.B. Gordon, was unknown to me and I really started to have my doubts.

"He knew he should have kept his distance. You didn't give others a chance to leave you or hurt you."

However, as soon as I started the book I was hooked. The author threw me right into the world of Santuario where I first meet Alex. Through his initial investigation into the body that was found, I learned a lot more about Santuario and about him. I liked him right away. He came across as a no-nonsense kind of guy, but really he just wanted to find that 'something' that would make him happy. I got the impression that he went through the motions but he never really lived. Since his past was filled with pain and abuse, I could understand where he was coming from. And as the story progressed I was thrilled with his development - how he eventually opened to Bengt and just stopped building his wall against getting close to him.

"Oh, come on, Alex. If you raise that wall any higher you're going to run out of bricks."

Bengt was an amazing character too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones VINE VOICE on September 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The prolog set the stage for Santuario. A Santuarian generation ship landed on Jarovegur 200 years ago. Jarovegur already had inhabits and they segregated the newcomers to an island that they called Santuario hoping they would fail to survive. The opposite happened. There is a move to end the isolation and not everyone is in favor of that happening.

That is where the mystery comes in. There has been a murder on Santuario and someone from the mainland is sent to help in the investigation. While the story is based on finding the murderer it is really a story about human interaction. The story is very character driven. The two main characters are from opposite societies, Alex from Santuario and Bengt from the mainland. From Bengt's viewpoint nothing is as it seems and from Alex's viewpoint Bengt does not begin to understand how things work on Santuario. Their struggle to work together is the main focus for the story and allows the issues to surface and develop.

Much of the story revolves around the move to open up the island and the effect it will have. The mystery is there to bring the characters together and to allow all the issues to be brought out into the open.

I liked the story and was drawn into the conflict between Alex and Bengt. Using two different cultures on the same planet has been used before but it still works to set a stage filled with tension and misunderstanding. While there was an end and a solution to the story there is plenty of room for more stories set on Jarovegur.
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By Vanessa on January 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
On occasion I pick up a book expecting one thing and end up enjoying something entirely different than what I had initially expected. Santuario happens to be one of those books. So let me state here that this is not a romance. There are two men who may have a romance at some point but that is not the main story here. Santuario is an island that is inhabited by the second set of people who sought refuge on this planet. Alex like many of the people who live there wants a different way of life, one that is not affected by the corrupt and broken political system. This has been the status quo for over two hundred years so no one expects any changes.

The dead body that shows up on the area of the island that Alex polices has him notifying the Skanian’s of a murder that will require their own investigative team to examine. Bengt is thrown into a society that is vastly different than his own. He has to put all of his preconceived notions aside to work alongside Alex. The more time Bengt spends on Santuario the more he realizes that things need to change there. The borders that separate them must open. The case is far from simple, the more he looks into motives and suspects the more he sees that the murders are covering up something even larger than anyone ever suspected.

This book has actually been on my Kindle for quite some time. Based on a few reviews that I read I knew I wanted the next book in the series in my hand (or at least access to it) before I read this one. I’m glad I stuck by that decision. Santuario doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, all the loose ends from this story are tied up, but you are left wanting more. I found myself wanting to know more about how the events in the epilogue fell into place.
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