A Paul B Review: Into the Dark Void by John Simpson and Robert Cummings

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Into the Dark Void

Corporal David Creswell develops a crush on PFC Blake Bickford the moment Blake enters the starship Excelsior. Before the men can explore their feelings, they are requested for a mission to find a missing space probe launched hundreds of years ago. Will their new relationship end before it begins?

David Creswell is a corporal in the United Space Force Marines of the planet Earth. He is ordered to meet the new batch of marines that are being rotated onto the space ship. When the seven new marines board the ship, he is immediately drawn to one of them.

Blake Bickford is newly stationed on the Excelsior. He goes to the corporal’s quarters to ask him about the social opportunities for a gay marine. He finds his commander extremely attractive and thinks he is picking up signals that the corporal would be interested in some fun along the way. When David tells Blake to strip, they proceed to enjoy the evening in the bedroom.

When a shuttlecraft docks with the Excelsior, an Admiral from the Space Marines has a secretive important mission concerning New Horizon, a deep space probe that has been malfunctioning. The probe did not self-destruct when it was suppose to and has been sending gibberish. They need to travel across the galaxy to retrieve data from the probe and then destroy it. The scientists that are going on the mission insist that Creswell and Bickford be assigned to the new starship that will be going across the galaxy.

Naturally the mission does not go as planned, for when do they ever do in these kinds of books or movies. It all starts when the command of the new ship finds out that our two heroes are in a relationship in a most public way, unbeknownst to them. The forced separation takes a toll on both of them. But the two guys manage to get themselves and the crew in and out of trouble before they make a return trip to earth.

This is a decent space cowboy romance novel. I enjoyed the nod to John Simpson’s recently ended series Condor One. The romance between the two characters was a bit rushed, almost like a paranormal mating, but enjoyable nonetheless. I like the fact that while David tends to be dominant in the bedroom, he is not using his superior rank to demand Blake’s submission. I felt the devotion of the two men when Blake must make a decision in the dark void whether to follow orders or save his lover, consequences be damned. If you are looking for sex and adventure, I recommend picking up this book. Here is hoping for either a sequel or further adventures in this story as the authors have definitely left open that possibility.

The cover art by Catt Ford shows two men dressed only in bikini underwear.  The men could very well be the two heroes.  It is a nicely done cover.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781634763103
edition language English

On Tour with “The Marine” by John Simpson and Robert Cummings

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Book Name: The Marine
Author Name: John Simpson and Robert Cummings

Author Bios:

John Simpson

John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury. He has just been hired by an international film production company to become a main script writer, and will start soon on a television series.


John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay men’s’ eyes. And just like real life, John’s characters have active and exciting sex lives. John calls on his broad personal and professional experience in writing gay romance. John is author of numerous full length novels available through Dreamspinner Press and several short stories in Alyson Books anthologies.  His first book, Murder Most Gay, is based on the murder of a gay man in Orlando, Florida in 1980, which he investigated along with many others, as an intern from UCF in the legal program. The Orange County State’s Attorney’s Office utilized his prior experience as a police officer in many ways, including proving a suicide was in fact a homicide.


John lives with his partner of 39 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers. John is highly involved with the Church, specifically seeking to repair rifts between Christendom and the gay community. John graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1981, and received an S.T.L. in 1995.


John wishes to extend a very special thanks to his many female readers. He appreciates and loves the fact women enjoy male/male erotica, and he thanks you for your past and continued support. He hopes to never disappoint you, and always leave you wanting more!


John now has a total of over 40 full length novels in print as well as another 20 novellas and short stories!

Author Contact:

Email: John Simpson: Johnsimpsonbooks@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnsimpsonbooks
Website:  http://johnsimpsonbooks.com/

Robert Cummings:

Robert Cummings lives in Pennsylvania with his partner and their black lab mix dog. Robert is an Iraqi freedom veteran with a seventeen-year law enforcement career. He enjoys the outdoors, family, and travel.

Author Contact:

Email Robert Cummings at robert.cummings1976@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/robert.cummings.330

Publisher: Cool Beans P & Ethe-marine-for-KindleSM
Cover Artist: A.J. Corza

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The Marine Blurb:

Two young men, David Stauffer and Matthew Kendricks, meet while processing into the Marine Corps for Basic Training. David is immediately attracted to the red haired, Matthew. As their training begins, David pursues Matthew to find out if the attraction is mutual. To his great pleasure, David learns that his attentions are not unwelcomed, but rather feared. Matthew, unlike David isn’t as comfortable with his fellow trainees finding out he’s gay.

As training progresses David proves himself to be superior to the other trainees. As a reward, he is given a short, on post leave and is allowed to take Matthew with him. This allows them a chance to explore each other’s bodies, rather than just glimpses in the showers.

From that moment the spark between the two burns hot and sets the stage for what is to come. When training ends, questions about their futures arise. Both men are forced to make decisions that will impact their futures, and potentially out them to the entire Marine Corps.

Categories: Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Military

The Marine Excerpt:

David and Matthew were drawn to each other like magnets. This was one of the few times they could lay on top of each other without anyone commenting on it. The tight green shirt pressed against David’s lean chest, Matthew licked his lips as they squared off to attack.

“You go first,” Matthew insisted.

David charged at Matthew full speed, the boy attempted to grab David’s wrist but was unsuccessful. David did not want to humiliate the Matthew in front of anyone so he stopped and backed up. He laid his hand on top of Matthew’s and placed the clammy hand where it needed to be for a successful hip throw.

Matthews’s shorts began to bulge out in the front, “Flip me.”

“You didn’t do yours yet,” David said confused.

“Flip me now, I’m getting hard,” Matthew whispered into David’s ear.

David smiled and grabbed the red head’s wrist. He flipped him onto the mat and leaned down to help him up. David pulled Matthew up. While he dusted his back off he slightly brushed his hand against Matthews tight little bubble butt.

“You’re not helping,” Matthew protested.

A drill instructor came over to them, “What in the ever loving world are you two doing? I better see more flipping and less jawing, do you get me!”

“Sir, Yes Sir!” they replied in unison.


Pages: 30,816 words, 112 pages

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