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3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Santuario Series

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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 [...] is in the works.  Can't wait.
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.
Book Lovers Inc

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

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: gordon.kontext.ca/
Twitter: twitter.com/gb_gordon
Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/367361.G_B_Gordon
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 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: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,968,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two hundred years ago, Alex Rukow's ancestors landed on a planet already inhabited by another Earth population called the Skanes. The Skane government banished the intruders to the isolate island that became Santuario. The Skanes enjoyed an organized, wealthy society, while Santuario was ruled by clans called familias. They lived a life of poverty. A life that was governed by threats and violence. It forged a society rich in warmth and brotherhood, while the Skanians were somewhat stilted, and regulated.

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.

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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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I absolutely LOVED this book!

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.
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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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