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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2013
I really enjoy sci-fi that comes with a bit of romance. I enjoy the escapism and world building and love to see what others imaginations come up with for the far off future.

This book started really well and action-packed. The hero, Nicoli, is willing to risk being separated from his body to track down the home world of a group of aliens who steal people's bodies, somehow wipe out their minds and then use the bodies for parts or mindless slaves. His body is taken by the Harvesters and his friend takes his mind to meet up with the pilot of Nicoli's ship to follow the signal implanted in his body.

Angel, the heroine, is on the run from her home world and making her way as an illegal courier. She's just managed to purchase her own ship, but a hiccup on her last run means that she is followed back and, whilst she is collecting her money, they are attacked. Her ship is blown up and a dead body lands on her. The dead body happens to be the pilot for Nicoli's ship and she decides it's as good a route out of there as any.

Angel finds herself stuck on a ship that she cannot control, heading for a mission she doesn't want to be involved in and dragged back into her own past as well.

What I didn't like:
I found the Harvesters a bit of a limp squid as far as the bad guy went. Very little about was properly explained and the ending just kind of fizzled out with 'see they're not all bad' kind of ending. Never mind that they kill people's minds and steal their bodies!!

Angel started off a really independent and feisty female at the beginning, helping Nicoli even though she didn't want to be there and putting her life at risk to save his (and succeeding) but kind of devolved through the book to where she made stupid choices that got her into trouble and required Nicoli to rescue her from her own poor choices.

For me it was a good easy read and I would read the sequel when it comes out, but it was a bit too simplistic and 'they all lived happily ever after' for me to call it brilliant!
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on 12 March 2013
This book was alright. It had some things I really liked and some that I literally scoffed at. On the plus side Angel was independent and fearless. She was a heroine in her own right. There were some really funny little side comments in the book that made me laugh. Nicoli was a sexy, honor bound male who was more than willing to put his life on the line to do the right thing and protect those he cared about. You have to appreciate that. The book also presented an interesting take on what it means to be 'free.' Thus the title of both the book and Nicoli's ship, clever.

On the negative side this is a case of insta-love to the extreme. It is initially based on NOTHING more than appearances, but the reader is led to believe that true love could bloom from this very quickly. I found that a little hard to swallow.

While Angel is a strong-willed heroine who rescued Nicoli as often as he rescued her, she never had to rescue him because he had simply put himself in pointless danger or done something stupid. Example: lose her way in the dark (on her own home-world), step in a crevice and twist her ankle. Really!? That move alone almost negates enough respectable heroineness to put her in bimbo territory. Lastly, everyone has a happy ending. I know, that should be a good thing right? But how realistic is it? I could give several example, but they would require spoilers so I won't. But suffice it to say that it's all just a little too clean for me.

The writing was fine and the book ended with teaser of the next one Dark Side of the Sun. It looked interesting enough to be worth reading. So, all-in-all an alright read.
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on 13 March 2013
I started reading this at 10pm for a little night time reading, it's now 1am and I have finished the book because I couldn't put it down. This was a fantastic read, one of the best in its genres. It had a great plot and I loved the characters. So all I now have to do is go to sleep as I have to got to work in the morning and then come back home to look for more of this authors book. Why is this free??? I would have happily paid for this book!
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on 4 July 2013
I really enjoyed this book. The author is clearly gifted and a great storyteller, the only criticism I would make is the amount of detail and many pages on the romance scenes. When I read science fiction I do not want to be distracted with soft porn. Nevertheless Mr Potts you have become one of my favourite top 5 writers
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on 28 March 2013
This was another book I found to be highly enjoyable and captivating.

There are many turns and twist to the story and the author has written the characters well and has created and imaginative storyline.

This was a book I very much enjoyed and can honestly say I loved to read
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2005
Great title, super story, magnificent true to life characters, hot, sexy romance with futuristic, intergalactic beings and a space travelling storyline...what more could you ask for.
An amazing first book by Robin T Popp and I can't wait for her next publication.
Everything that the first reviewer says is oh so true!!
Go..buy this book now, you will not regret it. I read it in an evening, couldn't go to bed until I had finished it!!
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on 11 May 2014
I must say that this book is a gem. A story of sci fi with a balance of romance and love set on alien ground that so typically human. A jolly good read.
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on 9 May 2013
Ripping yarn territory. But sufficiently away from current society to be lacking in any great "engagement" for day to day live.
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