Book Reviews

Coriolis (Box Set) by Mychael Black at Changeling Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Military/Former Military / Future Earth / Outer Space / Erotic Romance / BDSM / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-July-2021

Book Blurb

Sometimes the perfect soldier isn't what you expect -- neither is the perfect lover.

 

In 2207, humanity is the dominant force in the galaxy. The Syndicate governs the humans, and its leader, Joren -- a former Marine sharpshooter -- oversees it all.

 

Distress Signal: Captain Carter Therres doesn’t know what to expect aboard the Maelstrom, but it sure as hell isn’t the gorgeous man waiting in the maintenance ductwork. Ash Mracek’s past involves something much more sinister than the Academy bombing for which he was framed. Now it’s a race to save Ash before their enemies can take them out of the picture for good.

 

Kill Fee: When former Syndicate leader Joren joins his brother, scientist Ash Mracek, and Captain Carter Therres on the lawless planet of Geren in search of allies, he comes into the sights of an assassin. Morgan Reid is a gun for hire, but when his latest contract comes through, he breaks both of the rules he’s always kept: never mix business with pleasure, and never make eye contact with the target.

 

Silent Running: Jordan Sawyer, the pilot, is focused, determined, and smarter than she lets on. Which is why Eric Kane wants her so much. Major Kyle Cortez has set his own sights on Coriolis’ curvy pilot as well. It’s up to Jordan to get them all on the same page. Or bed. Either works.

 

Modus Operandi: Geren is a vast network of prisons that was once the Syndicate’s pride and joy. Now it’s a hotbed of crime. The perfect place to enlist a group of former Marines and set up a base of operations. The trick is to do it without alerting anyone -- including the criminal residents of Geren -- that Joren’s still alive.

 

 

First edition of 'Distress Signal' published by Changeling Press, November 2012.

First edition of 'Kill Fee' published by Changeling Press, April 2013.

First edition of 'Silent Running' published by Changeling Press, June 2013.

First edition of 'Modus Operandi' published by Changeling Press, September 2013.

 

Book Review

Distress Signal

Dark conspiracies on a galactic scale, with some potential genetic manipulation thrown in for good measure are part of this first book in a new sci-fi series. With a pairing of a rugged soldier/captain of a spaceship and a genius-level scientist who happens to have submissive tendencies, the balance between adventure and sexy mystery is well established. I liked the well-paced revelations about what the issues might be as much as the sense of doom that seemed to hang over everything.

Ash is a geeky scientist with a dark past, an exciting but dangerous current research project, and a yearning  for a hunky space soldier.  He is amazingly well adapted, not like some spaced-out professors as well, and handles a gun with great aplomb and almost as well as a computer. His secret fantasies all come to life when Carter takes the lead in the bedroom.

Carter is a spaceship captain, and ex-Marine who doesn't hesitate to go into the most dangerous situations when needed. Finding a sexy scientist instead of a bone-dry researcher is a great bonus and he doesn’t hesitate to take Ash under his wing, in every sense of the word. A few surprising revelations later, Carter has his hands fuller than anticipated, but nothing fazes him and he plunges into the next mission with gusto.

If you're looking for a fun space adventure with lots of kinky sex, some dark galacto-political machinations behind the scenes, and two men who cannot help but fall for each other, then you should try this book.

 

Kill Fee

As intense as the first book, the plot definitely thickens in the sequel. The conspiracy against the former leader of the Syndicate, Joren, is complete and he becomes a hunted man. While we don’t (yet) find out who exactly is behind the revolution, the arch-enemies of the Syndicate seem to be involved. The pairing of the ex-leader, who happens to be a talented sniper, and an ex-Marine assassin is smoking hot, and the amount of testosterone between those two ensures a very entertaining ride.

Joren is a politician, or he has been recently, but he is also a soldier. Now that the rebels are after him, those talents come in very useful. He's also desperate to protect his brilliant scientist-brother, Ash and lucky to have Ash's lover, Carter, be just as determined to help. But when Joren is confronted with his past the real fireworks start!

Morgan is an ex-Marine who enjoys writing his own ticket, pretty much, as an assassin. He is tough, and doesn’t take anyone's orders, but when he finds out who his latest assignment is he knows he won’t stick to his rules. Not that he tells anyone immediately, wanting to ensure he gets to see the man of his dreams first.

If you're looking for a space adventure that is just as much fun as the first book, except with more testosterone flying around between the two lovers, if you enjoy reading about dark galacto-political machinations coming out of the woodwork, and if you're looking for a very hot read with two men who can’t stop touching each other, then you should give this sequel a go.

 

Silent Running

In this third installment in the 'Coriolis' series the plot against the former leader of the Syndicate, Joren, and his scientist brother Ash deepens further. Both men and their lovers are now hunted, by both the Syndicate and their arch-enemies, the mysterious Revenants. This next part of the story is told from the Coriolis's pilot's point of view, and I thought the additional perspective was really interesting. Action-packed and very hot, with not one, but two Marines after her, this story is about a rescue mission that attempts to save the lives of the other children who have been experimented on, just like Joren and Ash when they were younger.

Kyle is a Marine with his heart in the right place. When he hears about the coup on Earth and realizes the Syndicate might want to go after the children they've experimented on for years, he decides to protect them. Getting picked up by the Coriolis, whose captain is Ash's lover, and running into not just a hot Marine named Eric but his ex-flame and pilot Jordan just sweetens the deal. He's never indulged in his love for men, but always knew he was bi, so he's not surprised he wants both of them.

Jordan never expected to see Kyle again but when she does, the old attraction is still there. It gives her a bit of a headache, since she was just beginning to hope for a hot affair with Eric, the Coriolis's second in command. It doesn’t take her long to figure out that there is no real reason to choose between the two… after all, they're as attracted to each other as they are to her.

Eric has been hoping for a deeper relationship with Jordan practically ever since he joined the crew. Now that there's a very hot man in the mix, someone from Jordan's past, he can only hope that all three of them will not only get along, but develop the kind of feelings for each other he already has for Jordan. He needn't have worried, the three of them very quickly figure out how they fit together.

Add in some hot pursuit by Revenants, the revelations about a traitor on board the Coriolis, and a couple of life-threatening situations, and yet another very exciting space-adventure in this series will unfold right before your eyes.  If you're curious how this story of political subterfuge and alien takeover plans continues, if you enjoy reading about a woman and two men figuring out if and how they can make a triad work, and if you're looking for a very hot read with various kinds of erotic interludes all over the spaceship Coriolis, then you will probably like this short story.

 

Modus Operandi

With this fourth and (from the sound of it) final book of the 'Coriolis' series, the focus changes back to the first couple, Carter and Ash. This made me very happy, since they were my favorites and it was good to see how they were doing. The pressure of the coup against the Syndicate, the activities of the arch-enemy Revenants, and some truly despicable traitors doesn’t letup as the whole story approaches breaking point. All the political threads from this wonderful galacto-political space-adventure series come together here, so I'd advise to read the first three books before giving this one a go.

Cater, the Coriolis's captain, is not happy about having to return to Geren, the Syndicate's headquarter planet. But he understands it's the only move that may enable them to get rid of the people who instigated the coup, clean up the mess, and possibly restore the rightful rulers to their appointed positions. Carter worries about his lover, Ash, who will have to play a major role in dealing with the scientists. I loved how he supported Ash, giving him exactly what the submissive side of him needs, some very hot and risky almost-public exhibition included!

Ash knows he'll have to help if they want to survive and clean up Geren. He takes a few deep breaths, and knowing that Carter has his back, he plunges in. He may have been the head of the Syndicate's scientists before, but with all the treachery he is not looking forward to confronting his colleagues. Luckily, there are a few nice surprises along the road, and Carter's scenes keep Ash more balanced than he ever was before.

The "fireworks" and action are wonderful, the personal interactions perfect, and the ending… well, all I'll say is that the final little twists were very nice and I was a very happy camper when I closed the book. If you like grand space adventures with the fate of several planets hanging in the balance, if you enjoy reading about the personal relationships that drive the men in charge, and if you're looking for a hot read and a very satisfying ending to the 'Coriolis' series, then you will probably like this short story.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Collection/ 4 short stories, 177 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-July-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Buy Link https://www.changelingpress.com/coriolis-coriolis-5-b-2488