Title : In Discretion
Series : Ylendrian Empire, Book #1
Author : Reesa Herberth
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Science Fiction
Length : 109 pages (e-book)
Published : December 30, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.
Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Thanson must put aside their past long enough to try to save everyone.
The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.
Thanson Nez was getting away from his current contract as fast as possible. He had information he had to deliver to his guild. Minister Rannah didn’t exactly want Thanson to leave but was unable to stop him. Thanson then had to contact his guild as urgently as possible so he made his way to the communications office of the small space station he found himself on. Thanson gets quite the surprise when he finds the communications officer is his ex-boyfriend, Kazra Ferdow. The two men aren’t exactly thrilled to be seeing each other. Kazra isn’t exactly in the mood to open an urgent line of communication for the boyfriend who abandoned him and became a Discretionary, but he’s got a job and he does it. Just as Thanson manages to get a message to his Cohort the station loses power. It gets creepier when someone comes knocking on the door of the communications office looking for a man that could fit Thanson’s description. Emergency protocol dictates Kazra and Thanson make their way to a common area of the ship to close down life support in areas without people and conserve whatever power is available for emergency life support. When they get there they find people clearly infected with some kind of illness that causes extreme aggression and violence.
Kazra and Thanson realize pretty fast that whatever secrets are in Thanson’s head are really important. Thanson is unable to divulge anything. It’s not willpower that makes a Discretionary such a vault of secrets. Thanson is physically incapable of telling Kazra anything that pertains to their current situation. He is able to explain why he suddenly left Kazra and their home planet so many years ago. While Thanson and Kazra begin to realize they’re still very much in love and trust each other implicitly with their lives they also see the space station has been sabotaged. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it was Thanson’s former client. Thanson and Kazra have to battle old technology, the diseased inhabitants of the space station, and the saboteurs looking to kill Thanson for the secrets he holds in his head. Rescue seems so far away.
I think this was a good story but not necessarily great. I had no trouble reading and mostly sat and read the whole thing at once. I did enjoy the world building and the concept of the Discretionary as well as the relationship between Thanson and Kazra. I enjoyed them a great deal and in some ways I felt the length of the story was a bit of a hindrance. I wanted more. I wanted more time for Thanson and Kazra to stop being angry with each other. I wanted more time for them to air their grievances. I wanted more time for them work together. This felt rushed.
Despite feeling this book was rushed I did enjoy it. As I said I enjoyed the world building and the concepts of the Discretionary in particular. I also particularly like science fiction, so in many ways this book was a shoe in for me. It’s definitely worth it for any science fiction fan.
Rated 4 stars by Faye