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Details of the Hunt Paperback – 10 Jan 2007
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A 26th century, time-traveling, bounty hunter snatchs a 18th century Earth pirate in a deal to enrich the archeological knowledge of Earth's mankind, but as the bounty hunter develops an attraction for his likable, free-spirited prey, he attempts to alter the deal, threatening both his own personal code of honor and the strict rules of conduct of his Oracan warrior race. Will the love of a wily, cock-sure, young human pirate be enough for the stoic hunter to risk exile from his own people?
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What a delightful tale of a young pirate who took life as he found it.
He made me laugh at his words and actions. Sweet in his innocence of the world he found himself in, but still a loveable rogue.
I laughed aloud at Talos's private parts and Adians reaction to them. So very funny.
It would be wonderful to have a sequel to this book on how he settles in, as l am sure there any many capers he could find himself (innocently of caurse) drawn into.
Talos, the above mentioned warrior and bounty hunter from the race of the Oracans, lives in the 26th century and is asked to bring the pirate Aidan Maymon from the 18th to the 26th century, to enrich the archaeological knowledge of Earth's mankind. Talos never ment to see more in the likable Aidan than a simple bounty, everything else would be a punishable violation of his personal code of honor and the strict rules of his warrior race. But the instant attraction between Talos and Aidan is undeniable and soon he can't help but fall in love with Aidan. But will it be possible to alter the Details of the Hunt and turn his bounty into his lifemate?
I just loved this book and can recommend it without hesitation as a must read. It's a great mixture of different elements which blend perfectly with each other. What I especially liked about this book is the believable description of how Aidan struggles with the life and the culture in the 26th century, which is completely foreign to him. And I loved the sex scenes, too. ;-)
Aidan Maymon... 18th century Pirate Captain
Talos, Son of Menalon... 26th Century Space Alien
Talos travels back in time to the moment of Aidan's death, stealing him away into the future where he will become a walking piece of history, owned like any other antique by Augustus Barlow a man of few morals.
Maymon is supposed to stay in stasis from capture until he's handed over to his new owner but that's before Talos's space craft is attacked the second he returns to his own time... suspicious to say the least.
So what happens when you drop an 18th century pirate with few morals into a 26th century space station packed full of Aliens?
Whether this work is historically acurate or not doesn't matter it's a very fine book with just the right mix of romance, comedy, erotica and action... It really doesn't hurt that Aiden is very Captain Jack Sparrow-esque
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- I usually read contemporary romance, occasionally with a paranormal slant, so I tend to find unusual settings or situations interesting. This story contains not one interesting element, but two: alien creatures AND pirates. In no way was I bored with the storyline.
- Baumbach doesn't skimp on describing her alien species. This isn't one of those stories that contains otherworldly beings whose features are sort of nebulous and different from humans', but...not. The alien creatures in this story are meticulously described, from their appearance to their lifestyles to their biology.
- Never have I read sex scenes that I found as odd and fascinating as these. Granted, there are only 2 that I remember (or maybe 3), but Talos has some added appendages and...abilities...that make for an interesting ride in the bedroom.
- I'm a fan of werewolf stories because of the whole "mates" thing--the crazy-strong sense of smell, the possessiveness, the need to "claim" one's partner, etc. And Talos comes from a race that is basically the alien equivalent to werewolves, so all of that alpha behavior is present in this story.
- I couldn't quite make myself believe in the strength of the characters' feelings for each other. I understood the sexual attraction: Talos has the "mate" thing going on, and Maymon is, for the first time in his life, free to pursue his feelings for a man without fear of being hanged if he's caught. But the story lasts for a couple of weeks, tops, and the guys have been separated and/or unconscious for much of it. So the forever-love at the end felt a little forced to me.
- Usually I'm a fan of descriptive writing: it creates atmosphere and all that. But for some reason, the number of adjectives Baumbach uses in her passages of exposition started to drive me a little crazy. There are TONS of them. I got the impression after a while that she'd gone through her sentences and circled every noun to make sure it had at least one adjective in front of it. Example: "The primitive, but practical chemical torches cast crude, dancing shadows over the uneven rock of the tiny outcropping of volcanic stone."
- The POV switches from one character to another in some scenes and stays solely within one character's head in others.
Overall comments: This is definitely an interesting read: it kept my attention easily, and the characters meet under difficult circumstances, so I was anxious to see their happy ending. However, I just wasn't quite satisfied at the end: aside from what I saw as a lack of emotional development in the relationship, Baumbach uses a deus-ex-machina-type story convention at the book's close that I found almost as bad as a character waking up from a dream at the end of a book.
Details of the Hunt was so intriguing! The 26th Century and an 18th Century pirate—it was filled with humor, danger, and some very hot (if somewhat odd) sex scenes.
When I say humor I think you have to picture it—we have a very charismatic, young pirate captain (Aidan) from Earth in the 18th Century who is saved from drowning by a 26th Century alien who he believes to be a sea monster.
Aidan was a riot! He had me cracking up almost every other page. He had no idea about this new world, time and its people but he kept true to character of how he was in the 18th Century; a pirate, a thief, charismatic, a flirt, too curios for his own good but also honorable and caring.
He readily accepts the new time and its people after he realizes he isn’t dreaming or dead; of course he is not happy about being sold into what he thinks of as slavery. But he has Talos, the 26th century, time-traveling Oracan bounty hunter who has taken him.
Talos was attracted to Aidan right off, he felt the urge to take him as a mate, and the only thing stopping him is that the pirate is the bounty of a legal Hunt that he has to turn over to another. But soon even that is not enough to keep the two apart.
We do have some weird thrown in that made me reread a few paragraphs before I understood (mostly concerning the Oracan sexual organs) but I think that is part of Details of the Hunt’s charm. It was definitely not a book like any other.
Overall I would highly recommend Details of the Hunt to anyone looking for a great male/male science fiction romance read and does not mind a little weird/odd in their books.