Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

Title:  The Tide of War
Series:  Defending Epsilon #1
Author:  Lori A. Witt
Publication Date:  June 22/15 by Riptide Publishing
Length:  371pgs
Genre:  LGBT SciFi
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.

Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.

Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.

My Review:

Witt has once again created a vividly lifelike and quite unforgettable tale. The world building is intricate without going overboard, and the plot itself was captivating. Witt maintains a fast pace without rushing forward. Readers will be caught up in the action without feeling like their on a runaway train.

The relationships between the characters were so believable and well presented. Witt develops them with tact and feeling, allowing readers the inside track. The converging plot lines allow readers to get to know the characters on a much more personal level and as they are coming into the tale. I love how the relationships in this novel just are. This futuristic SciFi world has an acceptance of relationships of all types, therefore gayness doesn’t stand out as ‘other’.

This is another fantastic story from Witt that launches the new series well. I will warn you, however, that the ending will leave you wanting to read the sequel.

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