I Own the Dawn (The Night Stalkers, 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2012
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About the Author
In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.
He is now making his living full-time as a writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at mlbuchman.com.
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1402258135
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402258138
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.04 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,096,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At first the story was hard going. The romance was incredibly dry and I was screaming for some insight into the characters feelings towards each other, the emotions, the wonder, the excitement at having found a possible mate etc etc. I also found the romance to be all or nothing. It was full on sex one minute and then nothing the next so that was really disappointing. However, I perservered.
About two thirds of the way through the story picked up and started to get interesting. So much so that when I'd finished I read the first chapter of his next one. So yes, at the end, it was worth the perseverence.
In my opinion, it wasn't great but it was awful either. If you're going to read it, be prepared to work at it a little bit. It's a romance novel written by a male, what can I say?
So I decided after being massively disappointed with Shades of Gray by Maya Banks, that I wanted to redeem my mood by reading about another sharpshooter. So I clicked around Goodreads and found The Nightstalkers.
I skipped book one because, like I said, I wanted to read about a sharpshooter, and this book was reviewed as a standalone even though it's part of a series so I bought it.
Wow. Wow, wow, wow, double wow. Where have you been all my life ML Buchman? And why have you only written a handful of novels? I need you to write more. Pronto. Asap. Stat. Right the hell now. Please.
First off, this book gets major points for the military aspect, which I know put a lot of people off but if you want my opinion, those reviewers are women who like their romance sappy and unrealistic. I'm an action girl at heart. I own more action movies than romantic comedies, and not by a little. And this book satisfied that need like no other 'romance' novel I've read before.
Descriptions of DAP hawks and forward base camps were fascinating to me and poetically, as well as practically, written, a hard combo to pull off. Well done, Sir!
And the romance. Niiiice. I see what you did there, Sir, with your slow build up of a relationship in wartime. These are not people who just jump into bed together because they are attracted to one another. There are issues at stake. How do you date a squad member? How do you keep it professional? Is it even allowed? Because for Archie and Kee, no, it is not allowed. At all. And that's a serious issue.
You see enough of their training and background and intense love for the job that you realize exactly how devastating this relationship could be. This is a career ender. Buchman strikes just the right note of reminding you that if they allow themselves to act on these feelings, there will be consquences, but not so melodramatic that you're rolling your eyes either.
And here's another interesting thing that I usually rip romance authors apart for but it works here so well. Archie and Kee have a relationship even though they've barely spoken to each other, and in their particular case, they haven't even had sex for the entire first half of the novel.
Now normally I shred authors for this. "How can you think you like this guy when you don't even know him?!" I usually shout, and have to remind myself I'm reading on Kindle and not to throw it against the wall. But Buchman's story is presented in such a way that these two very intelligent, highly observational people have hit upon certain truths about each other through constant daily working interaction. They do like each other and it's not just because she's got a great rack and he's packing in his downstairs area.
These are fully realized people that did not just pop into existence at this forward base camp yet their somewhat dark backstories, Kee's more so, are not so maudlin that you get bogged down in the bleakness of it. You can put it in it's place when you see the smart, strong woman she's become.
And can I just give a shout out to an actual strong female character? Thank God. I was beginning to think very few people could ever write one. Most romance authors think strong female means mouthy, big attitude, and then at the last moment always needs her man to save her from disaster.
Kee is mouthy. She does have an attitude. But she knows when to stow that crap and do her job. She's woman enough to apologize when she screws up. She's long past beating up random jackasses for their idiotic comments. In short, she's an actual grown up, not a caricature. I love it.
A note on realism. When I say realism I'm usually talking about people reacting in realistic ways to situations in which they find themselves. Not so much is it realistic for a woman to be a Nightstalker. I'm not a feminist in the traditional sense. If a man opens a door for me, I don't stand there like a jackass glaring at him until he finally gives up and goes inside first. I smile and say thank you and head inside. I also don't think women can do anything men can do. Especially not in the military.
Do I think that women CAN, though, fill many roles that previously have been closed to them and do these jobs just as well as most male counterparts? Yes, I do. Do I think women can be Nightstalkers? Probably not. No. Sorry to say. ARE there actual women in the 160th? Only for staff. Is it fun to read about anyway? Hell yes.
What it really comes down to is this: How exciting would it be to read about a chick sitting in an office filing paperwork all day who happens to fall in love? Not very interesting at all, I'd wager. So you do have to suspend some disbelief that a woman could man a minigun in a helicopter and provide support for ground troops. 'Cause otherwise she's just typing reports while waiting for her man to return from his mission and that's not a story that would keep me interested for very long.
While waiting for book three to be released in three weeks I'll buy books 1 and 2.5 to keep me occupied. I can't wait to read more from this author. The next book, apparently is about mechanics, and I'll be damned if I don't want to read about that, too, because I know that Buchman will make it interesting. If the man can make me drool over a sniper rifle (Okay I admit that's not actually hard to do) then I can't wait to read his descriptions of choppers, Jeeps, and Hummers. Or maybe they just work on helicopters. I hope not.
Crossing my fingers that there's a Jeep. I have a Jeep. I love Jeeps. Please God put a Jeep in the novel. I really have no idea why I'm asking this but I am anyway. What was I saying? I got sidetracked by Jeeps and sniper rifles.
Oh yeah. Buy this book. It's fantastic!