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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,341,628 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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The story is very character driven.
J. Jones
And if that isn't enough pressure, he can't work out his personal feelings about Bengt.
Sophia Rose
It has the twisty, turny ride that keeps you on your toes kind of storyline I love.
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather K on March 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I think I spent the majority of this book feeling confused. That isn't a good thing.

I can't even begin to attempt a plot summery. I... yeah... there is just too much going on for me to try that. The gist of it is that there is a murder investigation and two men from two very different cultures, Alex and Bengt, have to work together to solve the crime. There are mafia-like themes and cultural differences that the pair have to wade though in order to get along. While working together, something more begins to develop between the two men.

I feel like I had 1,000 questions while I was reading the book. Most were basic, world-building questions. Are the Santuarians and the Skanians the same species? They are right? Maybe? Why is the language of the Santuarians identical to Spanish?? Are they from South American or something? The list goes on and on.

Aside from the confusing plot, my big issue with this book was that I didn't feel a connection between the two main characters. I felt no spark between the two, and I was shocked when one started to talk about "love" and feelings of that nature. I felt like the book could have easily been a buddy-buddy murder investigation instead of a m-m romance because that aspect of the story was so underdeveloped. Just cut one scene and you have a straight sci-fi piece.

I'm sorry to say that I just didn't get this story. It is safe to say that this was not a hit for me.

**This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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The plot and setting in this book are a huge undertaking. I’m not even going to attempt to explain it all. I’m only going to give a very basic description. Santuario is set on a different planet. This is a planet which has been colonized by the original group. Later, another group of colonists arrived. The original colonists had no interest in integrating the two groups. So, they set the new group up on an island and have restricted interaction between the two groups. What is left are two races living on the same planet who know virtually nothing about the other. Their standard of living, culture, language, and political situation are drastically different.

I spent a good portion of this book confused. The first few chapters had me completely baffled. I found myself thrown into a world without much explanation. The sheer number of names and terms being thrown at me was overwhelming. Then, things slowly started to fall into place. I didn’t exactly understand the world, but it was beginning to pique my interest.

Now, this book is centered around a group of murders which happen on the isolated island. Bengt is a police officer from the mainland. He is sent over to the island investigate the murders. His counterpart on the island is Alex. Bengt and Alex were an interesting mix. They were hostile and could barely stand to be around each other most of the time. A romance developing between the two of them seemed unlikely when they first meet. A polite working partnership is a stretch initially. It takes a long time for the two of them to come to any type of understanding.

This is a book set in a very confusing world. Bengt and Alex are interesting as individuals and seeing them forced to work together made them even more interesting.
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