5 Stars for Divide by Two (The Divide Universe #3) by Sandra Bard #MM #SciFi

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Title: Divide by Two (The Divide Universe #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Sandra Bard (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 2, 2015 – 232 pgs

Synopsis

Izaak Van Tassel is finally ready to move on, leaving his post as Commander of CS-1320 with his new lover Vincent. Even if he’s not entirely confident of Vincent’s feelings. His only consolation is that his right hand man and trusted friend Tarn will be accompanying him, as well as Tarn’s partner Calvin.

Then an accident in space divides the part of four, stranding Izaak and Calvin on a crippled ship, and Tarn is left to deal with the difficult Vincent…

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This book is so good I didn’t even realize it was the third book in a series. That explains a lot. Like how the world-building is so nuanced and fascinating and layered. How the characters gel like old friends. How Sandra Bard, who is modest in her “About the Author,” can WRITE.
The story is deceptively simple. Two male couples, bound by the bestie friendship between two of the men, creates a foursome on a mission. Division by two happens and the people who like each other least are paired together. Which is a fun, contrasting dynamic I want in all fandoms–squishing together two unlikely people–and really works here within an established space opera.
There’s a lot of plot and a lot of action, but it never detracts from character development. Sandra Bard is a master of pacing. Secrets are revealed slowly enough to drive me to the next page, but quick enough not to frustrate me. There’s momentum, even when the direction is unclear.
I am a huge fan of violence. That may color my review. There’s some gore, not much, but what really comes across is the vivid, heartbreaking experience of death. It’s a heavy ride with characters that can handle it.
One thing this book is not is sexy. If you’re hoping to get off, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But with heart-pounding action, old-fashioned pulp sci-fi, and compelling characters, Divide by Two delivers.
– C. E. Case

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AuthorBio

Sandra Bard started writing when she was quite young because there was always a story inside her head, but never thought of writing for an audience until recently. She only decided to try her hand at writing for the sake of being published after a series of events left her with some free time and in between jobs.

She grew up travelling the world from Africa to Asia and, though she now lectures full time at a university, dreams of having a job that wouldn’t tie her down to one place. She enjoys reading books, watching anime and, occasionally, visiting a fan-fiction site. She also dabbles in tai chi and yoga in the hope they would keep her flexible and help lose weight. She lives with her pets (fish, cats, and dogs) and has been a volunteer for an organization that takes care of stray dogs (there are many, where she lives) for over ten years. She would love to hear from her readers and can be found at her Tumblr (http://sandrabard.tumblr.com) or e-mailed at sandrabard123@gmail.com.

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