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Untouchable Kindle Edition
"This is one of your best works yet! Robin Lang is a truly memorable character - and the internal conflicts he had - wow, you blew my mind!" E Cole
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- ASIN : B00OM2633U
- Publication date : October 16, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 874 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 206 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1502889552
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,244 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Alan Stewart is strong, fearless, intelligent, and an om, which is Lloyd's futuristic term for a homosexual. Living in a society which places some restrictions on oms' lives, and still has denial and homophobia, Stewart runs the gamut from victim to lover to vindicated defendant to hero. He's a believable, multi-dimensional character.
Stewart's accuser, though, is a bit more of a cipher. Homophobia and denial of one's sexuality are still issues in the future, and so Robin Lang's behaviors add conflict and are the initial drivers of the action in the piece.
Who's telling the truth about their feelings? Who is behind the attack on Lang's son, Max? Stay tuned for a wild ride.
Untouchable is the story of two men who were considered Untouchable. One is the son of Captain Robin Lang of the Huan Police Force, Max; the other is Michael Banner, a medic onboard the Qatar. Each have their own reasons for being untouchables, each define the lives of two best friends. Both men are 'om,' short for homosexual.
Let's start with Max. He is the son of Robin Lang and Robin is very protective of him. When Max begins to show signs of being an om, Robin is scared, he is angry, he is fearful. He fears men will not treat the boy right. When he sees Max's crush on his best friend, Alan Stewart, he flips. Literally. Thus ends the friendship between the two men and Robin simmers in anger. The reasons, you have to read yourselves, I cannot risk spoilers here at this point.
Now let us consider Michael. He is an om, he admits to it, but his being a medic onboard the Qatar is risky because of that status. Thus, he cannot risk admitting to being an om. The regulations clearly states he cannot work as a medic if he is one. But he falls for Alan Stewart and Alan falls for him. Alan, so much older, cannot believe this beautiful young man would even consider him, but then, Alan feels the same way. And this is where the complications begins.
Alan rescues Max from certain rape and probably death but is stunned shot by the third assailant. When he wakes up, he is blamed by Robin to be the assailant placing his integrity and career at risk. He has an alibi, Michael, but if Michael steps up, his career would be put at risk and where would both end? In the sidelines, Robin's anger is focused on Alan unwilling to even consider any other assailant possible. Why? Again, please read...
Thus the convoluted mess that is Robin's actions affect everyone onboard the Qatar and people are asking why Robin is acting like he is. Max's statement is imperative to clear Alan but he is still in a coma. It is left to Michael to step up to the challenge without risking his career. Alan is angry at Robin for even thinking he would harm Max, the boy he saw born and grow up into a stellar young man.
In the meanwhile, we have a mystery to solve: who are the assailants and why did they target Max in particular? That is the question that spurs this story on until the very last page. Be warned, there are many twists and turns that can give you whiplash at best, but its all for a good reason.
In this space-age story, the oms are still considered anathema in certain parts. The same bigotry survives at this time as it does today, the same fears for those who just realize their sexuality live on. For all the sci-fi action and mystery going on here, the author managed to make this a very light read, although the pace slows down in certain areas. Overall, this is a standalone read but I would recommend (***note to self) reading the first four. Just to get a better picture of this new world.
Untouchable has a sparse writing style and a brevity of chapters that I really enjoyed. The downside being that I was tempted to read 'just one more'(and then another and another) chapter whilst I should be doing other things like working or sleeping. The story kept rolling at a cracking pace and as the plot unfolded various twists and turns it was intriguing to see how each of the main characters reacted and interrelated with one and other.
The main protagonist Alan Stewart is well respected and open in his sexuality, and is deeply hurt when his former best friend Lang, suspects him of making inappropriate advances on his son Max Lang.
The story has an interesting mix of not one, but three romances, all with various age brackets and varying degrees of openness about their sexual preferences. Untouchable has a lightness of touch and a deftness that despite the pared down writing style conveys empathy and portrayssomewhat flawed and immensely likable individuals. There is also a mystery that kept me guessing the motivating factor behind a blackmail threat.
I enjoyed this scifi romp greatly as it concentrated mostly on the human dynamics of a group of guys living and working together. Told in the third person and from various perspectives, this was an engaging read with moments of humour, as each of the protagonists considered life, love, loyalty, relationships and their careers in the light of their own self-acceptance and sexual preferences.
I guess I was a little disappointed that in this new universe settled by humans sexuality would still be the subject of social prejudice. Untouchable depicted a life where being homosexual or 'om', whilst not illegal seems to hold some personal and professional difficulties. I was pleased that each of these men acted largely with personal integrity (some more immediately than others).
I had not read other books in this series and that was not a hindrance, Untouchable can easily be read as a standalone book. One star removed for some minor quibbles I have about plot holes. Over all a really enjoyable reading experience and some interesting world building.
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Science fiction with a spicy sauce of gay romance, LV Lloyd's books never disappoint. In fact, this one had several courses - more than one romance as the mystery is unravelled. It makes me wonder if anyone in the universe isn't willing to at least experiment - dangerous tension notwithstanding.
Plenty of action of the thrilling as well as the romantic kind, in this book I think Banner was my favourite character. While he had his conflicts, at no point did he let these get in the way of doing what he felt was right.
Well worth a read.
Untouchable - a story of friendship and their strains, of a love against all odds. Live isn't easy. But human nature is damn capable to spike up the struggles.
One reason why I love those series is simply because the author didn't pair basically a straight couple where both partners are male. She is pairing up adult males who are acting like men. And with this she put more reality in it like most other writers I know.