Anna Butler: Heart Scarab Taking Shield #2

Eat characters introduced Ifan local minerex infantry man who finds Bennet and Luke orphaned child Ifan and e find while surveying the local Grace Enough holdings for survivors of the Maess attack True to Bennet form they are important characters inis life until e moves on and then they re discardedThe beginning is eavily militaristic but when the botched mission turns domestic as Bennet navigates Jailhouse Rock his injuries and subsisting with the other refugees while plotting an escape plan And leave they do but not without conseuences During the formal grieving observances Flynn reenters the storyline Flynn the talented pilot who once saved Bennet and stoleis eart The first book in the series from my understanding as a much greater emphasis on this relationship And thus a love triangle emergesBennet is an unmitigated ass to Joss during Their Winter Courtesan his recovery Definitelyis father s son there Cruel in Chaos his dismissal of Joss s care seeing it as a slight againstis weakness They Keko el mago have been together for years and thereave been changes or rather Bennet Cuckoldry Negotiated has changed and Joss expects things to be the sameThe line between open relationship and infidelity is very thin both Joss and Bennet teeter on it as their actions wobble their uasi marriage they made vows that are not legal in Albion Then they take off the gloves andurt each other in ways that only someone who loves you can The status uo is no longer working for Bennet and Joss is angry that Diario de Greg his wishes in their relationship are ignoredBasically Bennet is the sort of man who expects to the be sun andave all others orbit Called to Order (The Order of Vampyres, him in thise is like கடல் புறா 3 [Kadal Pura] (கடல் புறா, his father He doesn t do compromise and franklye deserves to be alone But Keep It On The Down Low he keeps finding people who are willing to bend over backwards forim So as far as leading Ghost Girl heroes goese does not engender positive feelings And the set up for the third story Anthology of Japanese Literature hintseavily not to expect better from 僕のヒーローアカデミア 6 [Boku No Hero Academia 6] (My Hero Academia, him I loved the expeditions butonestly would The Marked One Complete Edition have loved to see the romance dropped Iated the dynamics the backstabbing and disregard founded on poor communication Overall the science fiction military exploits is the win while the romance leaves a bitter taste Favorite passage Having it all Yes Isn t that the way you like it Sure it was Only once you d got it all you sometimes wondered what it was you d got and why the Crowfall (Ravens Mark, hell you d wanted it in the first place A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown reviewReviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews 425 StarsThis installment of the series was much character driven and less action oriented than the last Still plenty of excitement and danger but time was spent focused on the playersGetting Joss POV was interesting in that it definitelyumanized Torment him but not necessarily in a good way I felt the pain ofis loss while grieving for a mistakenly dead Bennett and was freuently in tears along with the rest of Bones Never Lie his family especiallyis Dad but for the most part Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan his reaction felt very self centered and that never endeared me to the character I was very glad to see the backside ofim and not just because The Brontës Went to Woolworths he was an impediment sort of not really though to Bennett and Flynnbut because ofow much Bennett compromised and The Wasted Generation hurt just to keepim A Treasury Of American Bottles happy Without the same compromise from Joss Joss compromise was to sleep with anyonee wanted to while not getting as much of Bennett s time and attention as A War of Witches he wanted and then bitch about it the whole time they were back together during Bennett s weeks long leaves Big whooop Bennett grew up Joss is still very immature to me despite being 2 decades olderLOVED the reunion between Bennett and Flynn That connection coming so soon on theeels of seeing American Hipster how Joss and Bennett interacted was so illuminating The differences wereeart breaking knowing it couldn t last and amazing because it was so very romantic sigh I am 100% Team FlynnettAlso we get several portions from Rosie s POVwhich The Solomon Complex huh I don t know Maybe it was my own mistaken impression that she was to Bennett what Cruz was to Flynn BFFs and a deeper appreciationlove than romance but yeah that s not the Rosie we getere I m Filthy Rich honestly a bit flummoxed because despiteow this future is painted as still severely Heal the World homophobic or at best lukewarm on same sex relationships it never once veered toward the familiar misogynistic attitudes about women in authority The women in book 1 kicked major assand still do I m just not sure where Rosie puter balls metaphorically and probably sexist of me to say it when she decided to pursue Bennett as single mindedly as she did She knew Sanctuary he loved Flynn would always love Flynn ase decided that no other man would do And it felt like My Holiday in North Korea he was settling for Rosie whene acuiesced to The American Tradition of Descent-Dissent her advances as someone to warmis bed and keep Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book) him company sincee s never really lived alone plus keep Legal Analysis (2012) him from thinking of Flynnand that she was settling for less than Bennett s full emotional involvement I expected fromerSo we ll seeStill devouring the series because if nothing else the SciFi parts are engaging especially when it comes to the war with the Maess I do If You Follow Me have toandwave away uite a bit because this is supposed to be several thousand years in the future and yet seems only a couple undred years if that ahead of us in technological advancement Where s the nanites and re grow tanks for major injuries Crap I expect umanity to Everyman have those to an extent within this century When it comes to medical treatment this reads likewell like a contemporary novel resorting to Revolutionary War level care And not because that s all the resources theyave on The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) hand and must resort to using but because that s just the way Things Are DoneSo yeahhandwaving but disappointed But only a littleOn to the next one Be careful what you wish forI d remarked that in Gyrfalcon Joss was pretty awful and meant to beSo in volume II Butler gives us big chunks of Joss s POV As a result I was interested in Joss than the MCs and skipped a couple of chapters supposed to be their great love scenes and discussing feels with all their friends and relatives mostly one after the other but sometimes in groups Caeden s manipulative behaviour seemed based on revenge is a dish best served cold And the future seems a bit like the 1980s No fun games or entertainment These are military on longaul patrol and A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, have state of the art training simulations But no electronic games let alone VR That was a tad disappointing The ending was bad also Talk about out the blueVolume III is mostly alien bashing apparently so I may try it TitleAuthor Heart Scarab by Anna ButlerSeriesStandalone book twoGenresub genre science fiction with some MM romanceBook Format ebookLength 396 pagesLGBT Orientation GayViolence Yes some distressing war scenes do occurWell writtenEditor Needed well written though I do wonder why we were inside Jossead so much when those parts could ave been cut down a lot maybe even completely without losing much I also wonder about the world building When we re not in space dealing with scary aliens we re basically in 2019 United States on Earth even though Earth is long gone in this world Would I Recommend yesPersonal thoughts I really liked the first part of this book There was plenty of action lots of plot to ponder and wonder what would appen next But the second part was long and drawn out with lots of repetition that got very boring toward the end where it seemed like a bland contemporary romance view spoilerI can t stand Joss and Tarot for Magical Times how selfishe is But their breakup was ugh Joss just kept repeating the same lines over and over cementing is self centeredness I just wanted Bennet to rip the bandaid off already ide spoiler. Grieving Joss is long term partner grieves with them; lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn as no official ‘rights’ Birds, Beasts, and Bandits here He isn’t family He isn’t partner or lover Alle is is brok.

Rating 45 of five ReadingIsResistance to gay men in armed service vanishing now or in the futureHEART SCARAB gets my full attention at my blog because the second TAKING SHIELD book is about grief love and onor and ow they can conspire to ruin lives eat The Accidental Startup happiness and leave devastation in their wake What a great Booksgiving idea for your dearly beloved space opera fanAuthor Butler takes us deeper into the life of Shield Captain Bennet eighteen months following the events on Maesseld planet T18 and on board the Gyrfalcon As Bennet performs The Man in the High Castle his duty to evacuate illegal religious fanatic colonists on Telnos soon to be behind Maess the faceless unknown aliens winning a war of annihilation againstumanity s great to the 10th power grandchildren lines Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg he obsesses overis failing relationship with A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires his elegant worldly lover Jossis burgeoning love for Pilot Flynn stationed on In Darkest London his father s ship the Gyrfalcon andis patient long suffering Lieutenant Rosie listens to Naturalistless him and moons and pines forim completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered for the position she along with the rest of The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler humanity I d guess craves Bennet s loverBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Butler sands And that s why I read space opera Pile the troubles on with the Babys Mealtime highest possible stakes Then make the stakes personal Then by gawd create some scary aliens with a baseless grudge and an attitude some super advanced tech that is actually just like what weave now on steroids so I can believe itWhy I read this space opera is simple gay guy Bennet flies in the face of The Miracle Equation humanity s one apparently eternal character flaw religious belief to liveis truth as a man who loves men Add to that The Dawn of Modern Thought his father s strong religious convictions andis family s long tradition of military service The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, his older lover s patrician disdain for exactlyow Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man his luxurious lifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and that preventim from pursuing Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, his new love for Flynn and youave a witches brew of good dramaStill very little sex Very little indeed And what there is is non graphic by today s standards More than in Gyrfalcon I think though I Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 haven t done a statistical analysis I can assure the eww ick sueamish that no unpleasantly meaty words are used and with a small effort of intentional misunderstanding the import of the few sexual scenes can be contextualized as emotional intimacies that can t be expressed in any other way without falseness Whoere Goethean Science hasn tad what you knew was break up sex while pretending the pleasures of a familiar touch were after all enough Yeah me too and so does Bennet when the flypaper and prayers that ve kept Joss in Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! his life finally blow apart under the final assault DeathBennet you seeas the bad taste and rude vigor to return from the dead It s justunseemly And after Joss in the manner of their people Digital Crossroads has made sacrifices ofis and Bennet s favorite artwork the perfect and glorious antiuities Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancient istorian by academic training to use in the Field of Reeds back comes Bennet ale and The Einstein Theory of Relativity hearty and not in the Field of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd thatale and How to Negotiate Your First Job hearty is solely a valid description when matched against dead and rotting on an alieneld planet Bennet is in shards physically and psychically and emotionally His body will eal slowly is psyche and emotions might or might not Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, heal at all ever ande might well never get to use The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore his new bionic knee back inis deeply loved Shield role A soldier who s too broken to soldier is by definition A Very Unhappy Man Add to this soldier s woes the emotional mismatch between Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber himself andis partner The immense irresistible force of falling in love with the right one The awful reality of wartime military service meaning unavoidable separation from your loverhappy sighI will say my wish expressed in my review of Gyrfalcon to get to sympathize with poor overmatched Joss came true I was sad for New Exploration him ase was The Shaping of Western Civilization hollowed out by loss and theideous regret charged acid bath that is grief All the times one falls short one is unkind impatient unwilling to understand or empathizeoh gods and goddesses those will keep a soul awake and agonized as they replay unchanging and unchangeable in the darkness But far painful is the way they play out like movies on a screen while living breathing people are making noises meant to distract console reach you in the locked projection booth of your failingsYes Joss I know that one Author Butler was cruel to you Goodness knows you deserved it butwelldon t we allAnd the ending of this story is fascinating It is unusual within the genre of gay male centered fiction I will read the next installment of Taking Shield called Makepeace as soon as I ve caught my breath and begun to accept the changes wrought on my feelings alreadyWhich if I need to say it is the allmark of a really good read This second book in a very good series is well worth reading for SciFi fans The romance thread is still glacially slow and muted at the end although there is forward movement ere Joss Bennet s long time partner is a focus as their relationship unravels leaving space perhaps for FlynnBennet is on a backwater colony planet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In the scramble to get off the ground The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles he is injured andis Medicine and Religion helmet transponder is destroyed Asis family and friends mourn The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, his loss Bennet is working with some local outlaws to escape the notice of the Maees and get a small group of survivors off the planet and to safetyThe action is fun the mourning of those who believe Bennet is dead is affecting I didave a uibble with the way Joss shoots Valentino himself in the foot I wasoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card I like when splitting up is necessary but ard and with blame to both However this book took me deeper into the characters and the world building and I really enjoyed itOnce again the ending is just another beginning not a cliff but not an HFN On to book 3 375 STARSOK this book was really going places being book 2 in the Taking Shield series it was excellent as was book 1 in this sci fi series I didn t like the way this ended though and no I don t need my HEA but I don t like being left feeling confused on a cliffhanger with no mention on when the next book is going to be released I think there are a few books planned for this series but talk about ow NOT to end a novel Come onThe writing is excellent I love the fast paced rhythm to the storyline These books don t linger they re snappy I ve been looking forward to story ever since I read book one in the series Gyrfalcon What can I say I love a good military sci fi story and once again Anna Butler deliversThis is epic space opera at its finest in the tradition of such writers as David Weber or Eric Flint More than any other genre convincing sci fi needs a strong foundation of characterization plot and world building Many authors shine at one or two elements it s rare that you get stellar treatment of all three in one story I bet if you asked the author for details about the ships and the structure of the political organizations things that aren t related in the story she could tell you about them without esitation I Reviewed for The Novel ApproachGod what a ride this book was As a fan of the first book I was thrilled to read this one It gripped me from the beginning and took me for a ride until the very end And I cannot wait for the third bookAfter a failed attempt to evacuate the. Shield Captain Bennet is on Telnos a unpleasant little planet inhabited by religious fanatics and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines It’s about to be about to be overrun by the

Religious fanatics from Telnos before the Maess invade Bennet is presumed dead is signal is gone and Rosie Craving (Willow Creek, has watchedim fall after a strafing run Left to pick up the pieces and move on are the people who loved Oba, the Last Samurai him the mostis family Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, his lover Jossis lieutenant Rosie and FlynnAnna Butler is spectacular at characterization While I ad ated Joss in the first book for the first The Wood Demon half of this one I felt forim She not only shows things from First Shapes his perspective but also switches to second person POV sometimes to show the depth ofis thoughts and connect readers to Joss The second Dispatches from Dystopia half of the book I wanted to punchim The same goes for Rosie I felt for Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) her ander unreuited love for Bennet but I also Ancient World hatedow she couldn t accept that Fighter he was in love with men And Flynn Oh my poor Flynn How can you not loveim The cocky flyboy who finds Събрани разкази, Том 5 himself in love for the first time inis life only to discover The Real James Herriot his lover deadande s unable to do anything about itWhile the first book deals a lot with the action part of science fiction and the first Waterloo (Sharpe, half of this one does as well the secondalf is about the recovery process of loss grief and acceptance How does one cope in a situation like this where loved ones are gone for so long and placed in dangerous situations I suppose it s much like today s militaryI Cinderella highly recommend this book though not without a few words of warning First you should definitely read the first book The relationship between Bennet and Flynn is established in that book and while T18 isn t discussed much it s still integral toow their relationship began And why would you want to miss out on Flynn finally falling in love Second though I do talk about romance this book is not a romance Yes there are some romantic subplots but as a whole the book is science fiction and the relationships while important are not the main part of the bookSo if you คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ haven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round two Preparing to write this review feels like getting ready to rip a band aid off So I guess all I can do is take a deep breath get a grip and give it a good sharp yank How you may wonder did I get from a 4 star rating for the 1st book to 2 stars for this oneIt went something like thisat 8% I maving trouble staying interested but the same thing appened with the first book so ang in there Also The worldbuilding seems kind of sketchy10% Whoa I didn t see that coming Love it50% This is probably only a 3 star read but I ll rate it 4 anyway just because of its part in the series the series I m sure I ll read all 5 books of despite this one being just so so Also The worldbuilding really is sketchy62% Wait wait wait Mary After All how did this change from a space opera into a soap opera Who set all these drama llamas loose How much screaming and crying and begging will Iave to endure For Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, how many pages will Bennet keep discussingis love life with Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, his mother Can somebody please just shoot me and put me out of my misery Also WTF is up with the worldbuilding65% and on Worldbuilding rant rant rant Worldbuilding100% Are you shitting me Did I interpret that twist right If so there goes all my praise aboutow good the characterization is because that is completely out of character and I don t buy it for a moment That s a plot device pure and simple Faux drama and I call bullshitAnd now Miss Emily here s the above referenced rant tucked downere out of the way so you can skip it Never say I don t love you guys because not only am I trying to spare you from my rant I pared it way way down from its original full length glory In a nutshell the worldbuilding problem boils down toThis is atrocious science fictionDeep breaths Teal deep breaths You can do itYou want the non nutshell version you masochist youThis story is set 10000 years in our future with a Phoenix (Black City, human population descended from those who left Earth behind 6000 years ago And to complicate things further forerself and for us the author somehow What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales has tied ancient Egypt into all of this too Creating far future worlds is a particularly daunting task for SF writers Society technology culture s EVERYTHING will be so so different from what we know rightere and now So the rough guideline I use is to mentally cast back a comparable amount of time into the past and compare that to the present day How different are our lives from those of people who lived 6000 10000 years ago Then extrapolate forward and let your mind be boggled by BabyCakes Covers the Classics how different futureuman societies are going to be from oursWhat a balancing act SF writers face Let your imagination run wild and create a future world too unfamiliar and your readers can t keep up Books that push the envelope this way like Aristoi or The Machineries of Empire series may be are brilliant but despite that they re not very accessible They are challenging to read There Saul Bellow has to be a cleverly contrived middle ground between the imaginative and the familiarrelatable Because if the writer goes too far to the opposite extreme essentially taking current day NYC and plopping it down onto a distant planet ten millennia into the future readers may be alienated because that s f ing preposterousAnd there youave the gist of my book rage For the last 40 ish% percent of the book the author apparently forgot the book was set in the future In a society with FTL travel instantaneous communication across interstellar distances and the ability to generate artificial gravity things that are totally utterly and completely beyond our own capabilities almost nothing else The Ground Beneath Her Feet has changed from the present day Medical care and technologyasn t evolved Entertainment options and services Oh My Gods! haven t evolved Housing transportation family structure capitalism food food clothing stylesaven t evolved Prejudice against Frogs French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, homosexualityasn t evolved it s still associated with pedophilia and with Artful having good fashion sense You still take a taxi across town and tip the driver for fuck s sakeIs thatow things were 10000 years in the pastThen don t expect me to believe that s ow they re going to be 10000 years in the futureThis lazy sloppy worldbuilding no this neglecting to do the worldbuilding killed this series for me I onestly don t see a way to continue on I was so pleased with Book 1 that I thought I d be binging all 5 books back to back Even though the worldbuilding issue was apparent there it didn t dominate the story so I was able to grit my teeth and make the conscious decision to solider on tolerating it for the sake of all that was good in the story But now unless I can find a way to mentally recast this as fantasy instead of science fiction I don t see ow I can read any furtherSorry Bennet and Flynn I ope you get your HEA eventually 10000 years from now Great science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair I did not read the first story in this series I suspect that if I عصير الرماد had my allegiances wouldave been different coming into the story but I m not sure I would Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, have been satisfied as a reader in terms of the romanceBennet is a military man The rebellious son who pavesis own way ignoring The Legacy (The Restoration Series, his father s wishes He s stubborn determined and duty bound the epitome of noblesse oblige Joss twice Bennet s age and the dilettante academic who lovesim They ve been together since Bennet was eighteen and pursuing Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) him He s sophisticated and torn while Bennet is way on missions He wants Bennet to give up the military and stayome Celine he s already been egregiously injured onceJoss was right This mission takes Bennet s life as far asis loved one know Planetside Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, he meets a scrabble of people not evacuated before the Maess invasion There are some gr. Aess Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians ase can but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete Caught in a vicious fire fight Bennet is left behind presumed dead His family is.

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