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Break Out by Nina Croft review

Break Out by Nina Croft (Blood Hunter #1)

Egalley thanks to Entangled Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
Irreverent. Irresponsible. Insatiable. Who says immortals can't have any fun?

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

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This is a brilliant debut from Nina Croft! I've been stalking this book as soon as people started talking about Entangled Publishing (if you don't know it yet - they are the new kids in town, and so far their books look great). Come on! Vampire version of Han Solo? How could I possibly resist?

The book was a very easy read and some sort of a cross between sci-fi and paranormal romance. Ricko is not a simple man, his mind is as devious as Count Saint-Germain's and he plays with Skylar like a cat with a mouse, although he suspects that she is not who she is claiming to be.

Skylar starts by playing a flirtatious big breasted damsel in distress but quickly understands that despite Ricko's reputation as womanizer he is not dumb and he sees through her manipulations. You should hear Ricko's conversations with his ship's captain Tannis about Skylar - they are hilarious.

Ricko's team is very mixed and flamboyant, the interaction between him and Skylar is hot and the whole ride feels like fun!

My only objection is that the book was way too short, and I wanted more details about the mysterious Collective and intergalactic intrigues in general. It felt like we only saw the tip of the iceberg. However I do hope as it's only the first book in the series, that there will be more world building in the future books.

To round it up I'll just quote magnificent Sarah Michelle Gellar as Krysta Now in Southland Tales
Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted.
I hope so too, Krysta, as I found I do like a futuristic vampire.

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В 3048 году никто уже не живёт на Земле. Люди разлетелись по вселенной и позыбывали большую часть людских обычаев. Вселенной правит Коллектив - группа людей, которые употребили особый минерал меридиан, приносящий бессмертие и связывающий их разум на телепатическом уровне.

2000-летний вампир Рикардо Санчез, этакий вариант Хана Соло, владеет пиратским космическим кораблём Эль Казадор и задорной командой и в общем-то наслаждается своей жизнью пока на корабль не заявляется сооблазнительно одетая Скайлар Розария и не просит его совершить невозможное - проникнуть на недоступную тюрьму Тракис Один и вызволить её брата Джонни до того, как его переведут на следующий радиактивный уровень тюрьмы, возврата с которого нет.

У Рико и его команды 10 дней на попытку, и Скайлар ему кажется совсем не той, кем она себя представляет. Например, на ладонях у неё мозоли от лазерного оружия, и она совсем не беспомощная блондинка с большим бюстом :) Несмотря на свои подозрения о её происхождении, Рико соглашается на контракт, потому как Скайлар его интересует и в то же время играет с ней как кот с мышью, что весьма забавно наблюдать.

Несмотря на то, что книга - скрещение sci-fi  и паранормального романа, у Нины Крофт вышел удачный дебют, хоть и немного короткий. Хотелось бы, чтобы больше внимания уделялось межгалактическим интригам и Коллективу, вместо чувств Рико и Скайлар, но это уже недостаток жанра. А так, весело и со вкусом. Буду читать продолжение!

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