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Star Cruise: Marooned by Veronica Scott
Series: The Sectors #3
on June 18, 2015
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Jumping into a new adventure with new characters in another future world of The Sectors series, Star Cruise: Marooned is a riveting planetside survival adventure. Bringing a cruise ship’s handful of marooned staff and passengers an up close and personal with nature on a wild planet and the enemy of The Sectors, it was action-packed with a bit of time for a growing romance.
As I noted, Star Cruise: Marooned is part of The Sectors series and is the third of the standalone sci-fi romance adventures set in human future out among the stars on other inhabitable planets and in a tug o’ war battle with a brutal alien race trying to destroy the humans and control of the galaxy.
Those who are following my reviews as I press forward through the series might chuckle at the fact that I’d just been wishing in my last review for some space and alien action like we had in the first book. I got a lot of what I was wishing for and more.
There isn’t much set up. The book begins as a shuttle carrying wealthy passengers from a cruise ship are headed to a planet’s surface for a private picnic party on a sandy beach alongside a lagoon. Meg and Red are the crew for this one and they aren’t there long before they notice a mystery. The ranger station is deserted; there is only one other party there and they suddenly drop everything and leave, and then their own pilot leaves them and the shore party behind without warning. A storm is coming in, one of the passengers is stung and the creature was poisonous and Red’s military training kicks in. There are only so many reasons for a planet to be deserted and the biggest one is their enemy, the Mawreg, has invaded the Sector.
They had so much against them, but I loved seeing Meg and Red in action together. She’s the senior crew and he respects that because she’s calm in a crisis and keeps her wits about her when grabbing essentials, helping the survivors, and hanging in there with whatever they face. Red’s military training and experience in tough environments and combat situations is what will keep them all alive. There are some brutal moments that portray just how drastic the situation is.
I liked how this high-tension situation stripped things down so that all the reasons Meg had for not giving Red a chance seem absurd and she realizes she almost missed out on a really good thing. They get to know each other and share their backgrounds even as situation after situation must be faced. I liked the build to the final big money moment.
The ending was abrupt and left me blinking a little, but I can’t complain that it didn’t finish all the essentials. I would have liked to see for sure what came next for Red and Meg, but, in truth, they’d discussed what they would do if they survived so I will assume that is exactly what happened for them.
I had a blast with this sci-fi survival adventure and the characters. I am itching to pick up the next book and go into a new adventure with more great characters. As these are mostly standalones, it is a nice versatile series so that new readers can pick up almost any book in the series that grabs their fancy. Definitely recommend to sci-fi romance lovers who prefer an equal emphasis on both elements and some exciting action sequences.
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