If asked, I would not declare myself an avid Futuristic Romance Fan...only I find myself reading a lot of really outstanding books in this sub-genre of late. Robin Owen's "Heart" tales about the distant planet of Celta are some of the best books I have ever read. Susan Grant seems to have charted this field with her "Star" series and now pilots the bold "2176 series" - Grant's conception - (The Legend of Bazai Maguire by Grant; Day of Fire by Kathleen Nance; The Shadow Runners by Liz Maverick; Patti O'Shea's The Power of Two; ending with Grant's The Scarlet Empress). Catherine Spangler and her great Shielder series keep us coming back for more. And nipping at their heels is C.J. Barry's amazing fulfilled UN"adventures. So there are some great books burning up the bookracks!
But add a new voice to those "Stellar" Starblazers...Robin T. Popp. I bought her book sometime back, but in a hurried packing to dash to the other side of the Pond, it was left behind, so I am just now getting to it. The book is breathtaking! Seriously! At times, the tension was just so intense I had to remind myself to breathe! Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but not by much. "Too Close to the Sun" is one great book. Had I known what a powerhouse tale this novel was, I would've bought a second copy and not waiting so long.
This book starts off with a frantic pace as galactic smuggler Angel Torrence, finally sees freedom in her grasp. She has just made the last payment on her nifty space shuttle and now she is her own boss. The last eight years she's been on the
run from the ruler of planet Coronado - her tyrant grandfather, so she is looking forward to this. But no sooner has she taken that first breath as owner, she watches in horror as raiders blow her ship. In the carnage of the attack, she "borrows" a spaceship Icarus to escape. Only this is no ordinary craft, in the computer system is the life-essence of Commander Nicoli Romanof. He has separated it from his body, allowed that body to be captured by the dread Harvesters. His intent is to retake his body and put an end their operation of stealing and black-marketing bodies and body parts. Only he needs a top ace pilot to make sure he gets there, so he can bring the two parts of himself together and end the Harvesters operations. While Angel is one of the best pilots, she has a problem with taking orders and Nicoli refuses to put a female in harms way.
That much of an adventure would be enough for a single book alone and would dazzle us, but it's just the start of this amazing adventure. Nicoli and Angel are vividly conjured; they just steal your heart. The futuristic world is brilliantly realized under the gifted talent of Popp. If you delight in Futuristic Romances, you MUST read this one. You will kick yourself if you don't! Even readers who might think they wouldn't enjoy one will thrill to this story...that picks you up and never lets you down. "Too Close to the Sun" is a perfect title, for you will feel like the mythical Icarus after