G.B. Gordon



  • Title: Santuario
  • Author: G.B. Gordon
  • ISBN: 9781937551650
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback

Police teniente Alex Rukow has spent his life trapped on Santuario, his people s isolated home slash prison island They ve been living in poverty under the tyrannical regime of their own elite familias for the last two hundred years, ever since their generation ship landed on the planet and found it already populated by earlier Earth settlers, the Skanians, who banished tPolice teniente Alex Rukow has spent his life trapped on Santuario, his people s isolated home slash prison island They ve been living in poverty under the tyrannical regime of their own elite familias for the last two hundred years, ever since their generation ship landed on the planet and found it already populated by earlier Earth settlers, the Skanians, who banished them to the inhospitable south.Increasingly shamed by the decisions of their ancestors, the Skanians seek to open their borders But dissent exists on both sides, and in the midst of this explosive political situation, a dead body appears on the island.Bengt, a Skanian investigator, is shipped to Santuario to lead the murder investigation which, he quickly realizes, the local teniente wants nothing to do with As far as Bengt is concerned, things can t get worse than the brutal climate, his own memories, and a growing attraction to a partner who will barely say two words to him But then he and Alex run afoul of the local familias, and the problems with their investigation and their budding relationship seem like nothing compared to just getting out of this whole mess alive.

Recent Comments "Santuario"

I think I spent the majority of this book feeling confused. That isn't a good thing. I can't even begin to attempt a plot summery. I yeah there is just too much going on for me to try that. The gist of it is that there is a murder investigation and two men from two very different cultures, Alex and Bengt, have to work together to solve the crime. There are mafia-like themes and cultural differences that the pair have to wade though in order to get along. While working together, something more be [...]

Santuario confused the heck out of mebut even so, it was beautiful and enjoyableI felt like I was lost throughout most of the book, just kind of getting what was going on, but not entirely. I tried to understand everything I was reading and was getting frustrated in my efforts. So, when I finally let go of trying to have everything make sense, I started to fully enjoy myself. Oddly, I have the feeling GB Gordon does this on purpose. It sets itself up as this other-worldly fantasy book…mothersh [...]

4.5 starsTotally my kind of book with:Great understated writing, story and crime solving. With our Alex and Bengt not being guys who wear their hearts on their sleeves - thank God. So I did not have emotions being thrust in my face and angst anxious to jerk out oh and ahs from me. But oh boy when the slow build up culminated at the end that was a hit. (view spoiler)[The picture of Alex curled up on the floor staring at the closed door remains with me. I almost hated the epilogue as I felt it wan [...]

What a fantastic and unique setting. I don't actually know how to categorise it. Feels like a mesh-up of fantasy, mafia, and western, even with a hint of sci-fi technology :D What a lovely word building. This was really great.The case was like a morass, where every step was a fight and a potential disaster.In times of political change, Alex and Bengt have to work together to solve a series of murders. There wasn't a lame moment through the whole book. It was interesting to see the case develope [...]

a damn good story.Edit, January 2015 after re-reading in anticipation of the sequel. :)For the second time in a week, I find myself changing a star rating and adding to a review.When I read this book last summer, I really enjoyed it, but for whatever reason, didn't take the time to articulate my thoughts in review form. This book has stayed with meThis book has haunted me.I've re-read it now at least four or five times, and I keep coming back to it because the story, the characters, the world-bu [...]

I enjoyed this. Very slow build romance (which could have been a lot more developed without overloading). Excellent worldbuilding and atmosphere. Great sense of threat and very real, painful violence. Will definitely read more by this author, this is hugely accomplished for a first novel.

I love it when my impulse buys are fantastic!STILL AWESOME! Can't wait to read the sequel!Original Review:Santuario is a Sci Fi Western, with an emphasis largely on the Western. However, Gordon skillfully weaves modern and futuristic technology into this dusty, gritty world. From mentions of the ships that brought colonist to the planet, to the stark contrast between the single computer Alex has access to and the portable one Bengt has with him.It isn’t only their computers that throw Alex and [...]

Two hundred years ago, Alex Rukow's ancestors landed on a planet already inhabited by another Earth population called the Skanes. The Skane government banished the intruders to the isolate island that became Santuario. The Skanes enjoyed an organized, wealthy society, while Santuario was ruled by clans called familias. They lived a life of poverty. A life that was governed by threats and violence. It forged a society rich in warmth and brotherhood, while the Skanians were somewhat stilted, and r [...]

The world building was awesome Spaghetti western meets Russian mafia, and yet really familiar so that the sense of 'otherness' was grounded.The suspense was great, the investigation, the characters and their backgroundsthe writing was excellent, I got lost in the subtlety and layers and at times it didn't seem important what was written (although of course it was) just that the beautiful language would continue.However I found the romance did not work for me, perhaps because it happens really ri [...]

One of my favorite novels this year. A deeply claustrophobic, oppressive, immersive reading experience that grabs you by the scruff and doesn't let you go until you've made it, breathless, to the end. The author describes this book as "social fiction" and "a -topia between u- and dis-" and I think that's a great way to put it. Even though there were colony ships involved in these people's pasts, it's not really sci-fi; there's no high tech or aliens or space travel or any of that. It's more like [...]

2.5 starsI couldn’t connect with the writing for most of the book. For that reason, I think, I didn’t relate emotionally to the characters and their stories. All of that, however, changed for me in the last quarter of Santuario. There was a point in the story when the mystery started to untwine, Alex began to unravel, and I really liked everything that happened after that. While reading (I believe) I logically understood the choices the author made for both Alex and Bengt’s reactions to ea [...]

I found Santuario very well-built, but tedious to read. This is G.B. Gordon's first book and it's the kind of debut where an author can't yet let go of diligent world-building to focus on keeping the reader engaged. As far as debuts go, that's one of the least downside-y downsides you can get.But it's tedious. To me.I'm all about emotional connection with the characters and between characters. Even if a book, like Santuario, is mainly sci-fi/mystery/western/crime and romance is marginal. I need [...]

I have absolutely no idea where to even begin writing a review for this. It was justdifferent. The setting and the world was very unique, although a little confusing at times with all the social standings. The descriptions were well written and vivideven I could feel how hot it was in Santuario. I loved the enemies-to-lovers trope so the slow burn and sexual tension just worked for me. Still there is a lot more story to be told and the hopeful-for-now ending made me smile. Looking forward to a s [...]

Fantastic. I don't have a better word for it. Okay, so it took me the whole first chapter to become interested (I was confused by terms and names), but beyond that? Loved it. Okay, again, weird to have a couple of Icelandic terms and then Scandinavian ones mixed together - it bothered me a little bit, but I was over it after a couple of more chapters. And there was this one place where a couple of long paragraphs were suddenly written in third person present tense (instead of third person past) [...]

Now I chose this book for one reason and ended up liking it for entirely different reasons. It tricked me- in a good way. I can't quite blame those who did up the blurb and put it under a certain genre because truthfully it is probably under the right genre and was described well in the blurb, but-It really does belong in the Sci-Fi genre because the story takes place on an earth-like planet with two human colonist groups arriving at separate times from earth. The group who was there first got t [...]

4.5 stars "I'm sure I don't know any more about your world than you about ours. We're too isolated from each other to change that." I saw this book, then I read the blurb and hesitated. Do I read it? The little voice in the back of my head was insistent, reminding that this book would be a challenge for me and dared me to step up. So I did, and I really liked it which surprised the hell out of me!First let me explain that I am not a fan of science fiction. Not in movies or in books, so when I re [...]

I read this backwards, you know? Haha. I read first the second book, and then the first. I think it affected ,y understanding of the world that G.B Gordon created more than my understanding of the relationship between Bengt and Alex.The main focus of this book is not the romance, though wha brews beneath all the political stuff really is beautiful and romantic. What you will see most here is a clash of worlds, and cultures. Sanitation reminded me so much of my Mexico. From the unbearable heat to [...]

So incredible. I started reading this and literally did not want to put it down. Highly recommended. Can't wait for more in this series (hopefully?) and from Gordon in general.

A Slow-Building, Unique SurpriseIt's called Santuario. Rocked by poverty, ruled by powerful and corrupt familias, the southern island is populated by a race of people who landed on the planet two hundred years ago. Santuario became their homeough reservation may be a more accurate term.The Skanians, themselves long settled on the planet, banished them to Santuario out of fear and distrust. Two hundred years later, that decision has bred discontent and shame among the Skanians and change is in th [...]

No hace mucho que empecé a ampliar mis horizontes literarios con autores que hasta hace muy poco me eran completamente ajenos, principalmente por no haber llegado aún a mis tierras, donde la industria editorial te impone y decide por vos qué tenés que leer o al menos qué es lo que ponen a tu alcance en las librerías. Por suerte me fue bien, eligiendo concienzudamente qué adquirir, sobre todo por las complicaciones monetarias, legales e impositivas con las que tengo que lidiar para adquiri [...]

Hmmm glad to see there is a follow up to this one, because the ending was a bitabrupt. And think more Spanish western than sci-fi aliensThis story was a Fantasy January Pick-It-For-Me BOM, and i actually put it off for a bit, as i couldnt tell from the blurb if i was going to be able to get into it. But, this one had me going in circles and kept me on my toes, and I enjoyed it, surprisingly, more than I thought I would. I was forced to concentrate, and had to get rid of distractions to stay in t [...]

Found this really hard going. Not much seemed to happen and I kept waiting for feelings between the main characters develop into something smokin. Not keen and such a grim setting with no moments to lighten it up.

(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)I’m always worried when I try a new author. I can count on my fingers the number of times I blindly trusted it would be worth my time and/or that I wouldn’t end up slowly rocking, curled up in a ball. As it is, I trusted Riptide Publishing to publish a book of quality. Suffice it to say I’m glad I did! Santuario is the first book of a new series by G.B Gordon and this is their debut novel. See it was risky on many levels! If you want [...]

3.75 starsIt's always exciting for me to review an author's first novel. In this case, it was even more so, because I am a fan of all speculative fiction and the premise really sounded exciting. In the end, while I enjoyed some elements of the story, the others were completely drowned by the dreary atmosphere, the likable protagonists were not enough to sell me the romance and the ending didn't fit the rest of the story. But, let's start from the beginning.I liked the set-up of the story: the di [...]

Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera with Western flavor and police procedural suspense/mystery; M/M romanceReading Level: AdultRecommended for: Fans of M/M romantic suspenseTrigger Warnings: violence, unwanted sexual advances (not quite bad enough to warrant the description “assault” as it was just grabbing and a forced kiss and the one being advanced on could have stopped things if it went too far), murder, attempted murder, tortureMy Thoughts: This book is like a crazy quilt in [...]

2.5 starsSantuario, raises questions and leaves them hanging making it a strange and confusing read. The premise, set up at the beginning, that this fictitious, hellish, mining island with its Latin-based culture was settled by space travelers, doesn't jibe with the archaic, stagnant world the reader is presented with. What went wrong? Santuario is floundering in the brutal oppression of ruling familias, corruption, and constraints put on its police force to do its job. Skanes, the northern neig [...]

On occasion I pick up a book expecting one thing and end up enjoying something entirely different than what I had initially expected. Santuario happens to be one of those books. So let me state here that this is not a romance. There are two men who may have a romance at some point but that is not the main story here. Santuario is an island that is inhabited by the second set of people who sought refuge on this planet. Alex like many of the people who live there wants a different way of life, one [...]

I bought this one as part of the thank-you sale that did Riptide and I found myself totally excited about Santuario after reading the excerpt on the publisher's site.At first, I thought it'll be a SF m/m book but it was way better than that, it was a SF m/m book with a contemporary feel, and suddenly I was breathing the mexican heat. I was a bit lost with the names, the spannish words (I don't know a word in spanish, apart from the insults, very useful) and sometimes the vocabulary (I thought it [...]

I’m really happy that I gave this new author a try! G.B. Gordon created an interesting world with two very different societies, a mystery I wanted to see solved and above all a book with a gripping plot and two main characters you will like!Alex, being my favorite, is more the silent, lonesome type and lives on Santuario – an island completely isolated from the rest of the world and ruled by the familias. Neither the people nor the police have the power to change anything. But there’s hope [...]

One hell of a first novel. Santuario is a story about cultural distance, corruption, and desperation; there's also a developing gay relationship between the leads. That order, I think, is the most satisfying way to approach the novel: it's about the problems the island of Santuario faces and the ways that the main characters deal with them first and foremost. Readers who want a romance first with the murder plot as a side dish might be frustrated; I, on the other hand, really like a story where [...]

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