Sub Zero by Angel Martinez
This book opens a whole new world up in just the first few chapters, and I got so completely caught up in it that I had trouble putting it down to do my work, or to sleep.
Nyachung and Major Aren Dalsgaard are the perfect couple with Sergeant Emma Wickstorm to keep them both safe. Aren had lived one life, died with his life’s love, but his family and the military thought he deserved another chance so they put in is cryo suspense until they could find an antidote to the venom that killed him. Now, over a hundred years later, they have found the solution and brought him back. Aren is not sure he wants to be back, everyone and everything he had ever known is gone. Sgt Wickstorm is his aid and medical observer on this mission, she is his touchstone to the changed world he finds himself in. She is a war veteran and while giving him the respect due his rank and experience she takes nothing from him when it comes to his health.
This story shows the growth of a friendship, two of them actually, and the finding of love again and for the first time. The friendship between Aren and Emma is fun to watch, a craggy sergeant with a young, but not young, major who is still trying to wake up from cryo sleep and get his strength and stamina back. Emma becomes a focal point in this story, a very important cast member that lends so much support to the main characters and definitely color to the story as well.
The love is a thing that grows between Nyachung and Aren. Not something that just blooms because Nya is the same race as Aren’s lost love, and to Nya Aren is a legend; but a living emotion that evolves as the two men get to know each other’s strengths and weakness. There are also four murders and a conspiracy against the dangpo mimang – the natives to the plant they are on – to wade their way through.
This story moves forward fairly quickly without losing sight of its characters and their growth. All the characters were very well developed and I loved each one. I will most definitely be picking up more of Ms. Martinez’s books. This was a five star read, thank you so much for sharing this new world with us. Will there be more stories along the way for us to look forward too?