Lydia Reviews: Into the Dark Void by John Simpson and Robert Cummings

Title: Into the Dark Void
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Authors: John Simpson & Robert Cummings
Pages: 200
Kisses: 4.5


In an attempt to answer that centuries-old question, scientists sent probes into the void, hoping they’d be found by intelligent life forms. In hindsight, it’s decided that giving possibly hostile races directions back to Earth might be a dangerous idea, and the United Space Force Marines are dispatched to recover the probes.

Corporal David Creswell has become a little too close to Blake Bickford, a recent graduate from Marine training, and fraternizing is against regulations. They manage to keep their romance under the radar until they are reassigned to a classified mission to retrieve the probes—aboard a ship where they’re clearly not welcome. While trying to discover who is playing with Earth’s toys in deep space, they’ll give new meaning to “leave no man behind.”


Into the Dark Void is a science fiction story co-written by authors John Simpson and Robert Cummings. These two authors write so well together that it is impossible for the readers to guess which writer is doing the writing.

Into the Dark Void follows two soldiers, members of the United Space Force Marines; from the time they meet and are assigned together. There is a strong connection between these two men, but David is Blake’s superior and fraternization is not allowed. In the beginning the two men are able to keep their relationship a secret, to some extent. When they are both assigned to a classified mission however their relationship is revealed and leads to some strong punishment. I could not believe how the men’s superiors handled the men’s relationship. The method they used to punish the men is harsh and I am not surprised by the affect it had on either of them.

While David and Blake are dealing with the repercussions of their relationship the mission must go forward, however, things are not what they seem. There are a lot of twists and turns on this mission. Not everyone is trust worthy and the men start to wonder just what is going on. There are a few OMG moments and I could not wait to see how this story would play out.

For me, one of the best parts of Into the Dark Void is the interaction between David and Blake. I loved the way they were both gentle and fierce. The way they treated each other allowed the reader to see the love that existed between them.

While I have read other books by Mr. Simpson, I do not believe I have read anything by Mr. Cummings. After reading this story I will have to keep my eyes open for more books by both authors. Anyone who enjoys the science fiction sub-genre really should give Into the Dark Void a chance.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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