Strain [NOOK Book]

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Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, ...
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Strain

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Overview

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

READER DISCRETION ADVISED.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148306467
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 253,000
  • File size: 927 KB

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    Excellent world building and story development in this great M/M

    Excellent world building and story development in this great M/M post-apocalyptic novel from Gormley. The Strain is a thoughtful and engaging plot around the Delta Company and their commander Darius that discovers a potentially infected young man Rhys. Having to have sex to live could be a difficult proposition for some readers as it feels non-consensual or at best dubiously consensual. I found it to be a great exploration of a relationship that focuses on the power differential between characters. I loved Rhys and liked Darius a lot. I would love to see more novels in this universe as there are other great characters to explore.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    A Cleverly Crafted & Gritty M/M Sci-Fi Read

    Strain is a book that is going to engender very different responses from readers as some will find its numerous sexual encounters off-putting while others will find its storyline unique and thought-provoking. I'm one of those readers who found it a compelling read that was gritty and darkly atmospheric in its handling of morality, compassion, sexuality, amidst a dystopian world where the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear.

    For the young man Rhys, who's led a very sheltered life because of a virus unleashed on the world, his introduction to a group of genetically enhanced soldiers changes him and his life forever. After being emotionally and physically abused by religious zealots for his sexuality, the sexual abandon that's the only thing that might keep him from getting infected leaves him confused but still drawn to the Unit's leader Darius. Rhys sees a savior and protector in him and wants nothing more than to stay by his side. With the possibility of becoming infected looming, along with the issue of their age difference, and the threat from a traitorous religious zealot, their time together might end before it begins. Rhys is an immensely likable character who deals with pain in a stoic manner and is loyal to a fault. He just wants to be loved and cared for in a world that's broken and this desire is a bright spot amongst the darkness.

    Darius has become jaded after all the blood, death, and hopelessness he's seen. He's a hardened man not always good at knowing what to say. In Rhys he sees a fighting spirit that's inspiring and reminds him of what he's fighting for. Knowing that the virus might kill Rhys yet has Darius holding back at first but before long the connection he feels for him can't be denied as his possessive nature takes over. In a world where life can end at any time, the feelings they have for each other are the one bright spot and had me rooting for them every step of the way.

    Ms. Gormley's written a thought-provoking and darkly atmospheric read that's vivid in its world-building and kept me enthralled from the start. The characters are compelling with each unique in their personalities that leaves room for more stories to be told. The sexual interludes are numerous with the reasons for this being cleverly woven into the storyline. Some of the scenes are questionable in the consent so readers who have issues with that are forewarned. No matter what though, the scenes are hot and as Rhys and Darius get closer the scenes take on a more tender vibe. There's a definite villain to the story and he lives up to that title as I felt like booing him every time he came on the scene. With so many good aspects to this story, my only complaint is that it's a bit long with a middle section that dragged. On a whole though, I applaud Ms. Gormley for her cleverly crafted story that seamlessly combined steamy sexual encounters with an intriguing and thought-provoking sci-fi storyline that I long to read more about in the future!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Interesting

    Was a little twisty with the mutatuons, explainations, and odd story line. But, it kept my interest and entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Stupid and.....well just stupid.

    At one point in my life I thought The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was the worst book I had ever read. This one beats it by a mile. It is just plain stupid. Amelia Gormley, get a new job.

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