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Santuario Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Dick Smart, Lambda Literary
Santuario is a fascinating story . . . highly original and very well written . . . I will be impatiently awaiting the next book. G.B. Gordon is an author I will definitely follow closely.
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This is an absolutely brilliant science fiction, futuristic storyline...I will recommend this to those who love science-fiction, futuristic planet type books, murder/mystery, mob control type stories, an awkward relationship and an ending that you just want more of.
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I didn't put the book down . . . [A]n intriguing, complex journey of two very different men who come to realize they offer each other far more than either one of them knew they needed . . .
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About the Author
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.
Website and blog: gordon.kontext.ca/
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Top Customer Reviews
Alex is a policeman, who has never dealt with murder till now. He has to call in the assistance of a Skane investigator by the name of Bengt. Bengt is miserable with the assignment, but the higher ups see it as a way to start negotiations to open the way to integrate with the Santuarians. After all these years, many Skanes believe it is time to open their doors.
After an extremely cruel childhood, Alex only trusts himself. Working with Bengt, Alex begins to realize what trust, friendship and love are with another. Alex and Bengt embark on a journey that reveals much about each other and the societies they were born into.
April 16, 2015
Almost 3 years after I read this book for the first time, I have read it again. Sometimes books just claim a place in your heart. A place that you want to revisit because the journey there was so enjoyable.
This book had everything I love in a story, mystery, science fiction/fantasy, and m/m romance. It's a story of cultural shock, learning to trust a perceived enemy, and ultimately finding acceptance and love.
It's a slow building story, incorporating several story lines and a large cast of characters. I never found it difficult to follow the story, it flowed like the Latin music that played in my head as I read it.
"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.Read more ›
Talk about the best representation of "enemies to lovers" that I've read. I believed every second of their molasses-slow relationship.
And I was completely swallowed up into this miserable world. The heat, the humidity, the oppression, the poverty, the violence. I sat down and didn't stop until I finished. I still feel like I'm in the middle of a world ruled by the few.
And the mystery and multiple murders is so expertly intertwined with the rest. It's organically portrayed, original, and actually really cool in a totally psychopathic sci-fi way...
I took Spanish throughout my schooling until college, so I understood the Spanish terms used. (But if you have no familiarity with the language, they would probably be confusing as they are regularly used; but that's what the internet's for! :])
All in all, I am so, so ready to jump into the sequel. I got to that ending and immediately was yelling in my head, "I WANT MORE!" So here I go! Absolutely do read this one.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two isolated populations exist in this futuristic world, the Skanians who are large, strong and cold-loving, live on the mainland of Jarovegur. Read morePublished 15 months ago by V. Rundell of V's Reads
Ok, so this is one book that you have to dedicate quite time to read. No TV noise, job noise, life noise in the back ground while trying to read at least the first few chapters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The Jeep Diva
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. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by My 2 Cents
This was an amazing story!! It has the twisty, turny ride that keeps you on your toes kind of storyline I love. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Stephanie C Dockery
Hmmm... glad to see there is a follow up to this one, because the ending was a bit..abrupt. And think more Spanish western than sci-fi aliens... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Mtsnow13
I've tried giving this a chance for some weeks now. Letting it rest, hoping that it would call for me to finish. It never happened. I didn't feel drawn to it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Emelie
Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera with Western flavor and police procedural suspense/mystery; M/M romance
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of M/M... Read more
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... Read more