New Release REVIEW: Calamity: – StarStation Book #4 Toshi Drake

Calamity Book Cover Calamity
StarStation Book #4
Toshi Drake
LQBTQ Science Fiction, MM Romance, Romance Thriller
April 17, 2023

With the planet on the brink of erupting and his memories gone, can Commander Damon Wild find his way back home?

Commander Damon Wild is not having a good day. Being shot down on a remote planet by enemies and then losing his memories is enough to make a good man desperate. But when his situation becomes worse—a planetary eruption—Damon knows he has to do something. A small scientific outpost at the centre of a caldera offers something he’d only dreamt about, hope.

Captain Zaveid L’eau offers Damon a place to recover and space to find himself once more. The attractive captain distracts him from his troubles and it’s enough. Damon can see the light at the end of the tunnel and Zaveid is the one lighting the way.

But with a volcano on the brink of exploding, Damon doesn’t have time for peace.

The pirates are breathing down their necks and a massive eruption destroying everything, Damon has to learn to trust Zaveid with his heart and that no matter the circumstances, love will give them the strength to defeat all enemies, including their own self-doubt.

Calamity is the 4th book of the StarStation series, featuring amnesiac heroes, long-suffering captains and a race against time. Because of the unique circumstances of this book, one does not need to read the previous books but it’s better anyway to get the whole picture.

Review by Xanthe

Reviewer for The Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

I can’t believe this is my first time reading a book by Toshi Drake! I was so sure I had already enjoyed one of their science fiction stories, but Calamity has been an intense place to start.

Commander Damon Wild crash lands onto a planet after being attacked and knocked off course but it happens at one of the most inopportune times as the planet’s volcanoes are becoming extremely active. Upon landing, he unfortunately sustains injuries that lead to amnesia and him forgetting his life before that moment. Luckily, he encounters ZaveidL’eau, captain of the outpost that has been monitoring activity on planet, who endeavors to keep an eye on the willful commander whilst also running the outpost and keeping his people safe as the planet erupts around them.

We dive into the action straight away as with Damon’s ship heading towards an unknown planet. My heart went out to him throughout the book as he struggles with amnesia but with so much going on around him and the possibility of the whole planet exploding, he pushes any possible memories or connections to his past away so he can focus on surviving and helping. That doesn’t stop him from having moments of panic and anxiety when things push through but, most of the time, Zaveid is there to calm him and support him through it. Though, they have quite the tumultuous relationship. Damon often frustrated with the man as he wants Damon to take it easy due to the established injuries and subsequent run ins with the pirates looking to take Damon away with them. Zaveid also doesn’t help his case with taking an overbearing nature, but he has so many sweet moments where it’s clear how much Damon is coming to mean to him in such a short time. Intense moments build intense emotions and it’s something that they share in and bond over together. I like that Zaveiddidn’t look down on Damon at all and looked to use the skills that Damon subconsciously knew to pull him away from upsetting moments and make use of him to help the team.

There is a lot going on when it comes the planet the team is on and the developing eruptions, causing panic amongst the wildlife and pirates who are there purely to capture Damon. The writing is very well paced, building up the tension right from the start of the book and keeping both the characters and the readers on their toes throughout. The author is an excellent world builder. I found it so easy to imagine the landscape and events happening around the characters, as well as feel the intensity of everything that Damon experiences; physically, mentally and emotionally.

I really enjoyed reading this overall. It has made me want to go back and read the series from the beginning, though this can absolutely be read as a standalone. We are also left with a sort of cliff hanger that leaves you wanting to know what’s coming next for the group.

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