A Solid Core of Alpha

  • by Amy Lane
  • Narrated by Paul Morey
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In an act of heroism and self-sacrifice, Anderson Rawn's sister saved him from the destruction of their tiny mining colony, but her actions condemned the 13-year-old to 10 years of crushing loneliness on the hyperspace journey to a new home. Using electronics and desperation, Anderson creates a family to keep him company, but family isn't always a blessing. When Anderson finally arrives, C.J. Poulson greets him with curiosity and awe, because anyone who can survive a holocaust and reinvent holo-science is going to be a legend and right up C.J.'s alley. But the more C.J. investigates how Anderson endured the last 10 years, the deeper he is drawn into a truly dangerous fantasy, one that offers the key to Anderson's salvation - and his destruction.
In spite of his best intentions, C.J. can’t resist the terribly seductive Anderson. Their attraction threatens to destroy them, because the heart of a man who can survive the destruction of his people and retain his sense of self holds a solid core of alpha male that will not be denied.


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Not the best Amy Lane has to offer, yet...

This is one of Amy Lane's earlier works, and it does show. The story isn't as polished and the writing less mature than her later publications. Yet the talent for storytelling is definitely there.

This is science fiction, and the genre demands that you accept certain things without questioning the premise too much. I can only assume that the person who rated this one star was unable to do so, because I cannot think of another reason why the rating was so low.

Spoilers ahead:

A child genius is the only survivor when his home planet explodes. He is locked in a rescue ship heading for the nearest port, several years of interplanetary travel away. He programs holograms to take the role of his dead friends and families, thus preserving a semblance of normality and protecting his sanity. The first half of the book is all about this journey, the love story does not begin until he is rescued about halfway through the book! If you like sex on the third page of a book, this one's not for you.

Once the love story does begin though, it is a very warm and moving tale of two people clinging to each other in the face of unimaginable trauma and a slowly unravelling psyche, where the only solace they find is in each other's arms.

I thought Amy Lane described the psychology of the relationship with care and respect. A psychologist might object, but I had no difficulty understanding the reasonings and reactions of the characters, and I loved the fact that the wounded soul of the relationship truly is the alpha of the story.

All in all, not the best Amy Lane has done, but it deserves a strong 4 stars!
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- Ingeborg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-09-2012
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press