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Desert Sons [Paperback]

Mark Kendrick
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1 July 2001
Scott Faraday is sixteen and has no idea that his world is about to radically change. Scott is fun-loving, in a small-town rock band, and out-but only to a select few.Isolated in a high desert town, Scott doesn't know anyone else who is gay. When Ryan St. Charles, a troubled 17-year-old, moves to Yucca Valley, Scott's world tilts on its axis.Ryan is a brash seventeen-year-old who has just severed a long relationship with a man, but still considers himself straight. As Scott and Ryan's friendship develops, Scott begins to suspect that Ryan might be covering up that he's gay. When Scott comes out to Ryan, their friendship is transformed into his first real relationship. Tightly focused on these two characters, Desert Sons follows the thoughts and emotion of the ups and downs of a young adult gay relationship. Filled with first-time wonder, teenage angst, and the swirl of emotions that can only be expressed by youth, readers are pulled headlong into a highly-charged drama. "In Desert Sons, Mark Kendrick has provided all the ingredients of a good book: solid characterization, a compelling story, and a skillful evocation of place. All in all, Desert Sons is a wonderful read, realistic and moving. Highly recommended."-Guy Willard, author of Foolish Fire and Mirrors of Narcissus

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595191304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595191307
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 15.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Kendrick lives in Chicago with his partner and their two Westies. Mark?s novels include the sequel to Desert Sons, Into This World We?re Thrown, and a science fiction novel, Stealing Some Time. Visit his website at

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!! 18 Feb 2006
This book is superb, it captures the insecurities that can accompany confusion and uncertainty about ones sexuality. This is done by the two main characters of the book; Scott who is happy and confident about being gay and then Ryan, who finds it hard and has struggled with accepting the person he really is.
When their two worlds collide, they find comfort in each others arms and begin a relationship that involves heartache, jealousy, insecurity, fear and self loathing. However one thing that the two share help them to overcome all which tries to block their way - their love for one another.
I have not yet read the sequel but plan to do so soon, the journey in this book of Scott and Ryan is one that all can relate to no matter what sexuality. The characters may be young but they are learning from the lessons they have learnt so far...a truly special love story.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishing I had a life like this.... 26 Jun 2006
By Nat NI
Be thankful there are people like Mark Kendrick who put themselves out on a limb to make other peoples lives easier. For all the young people out there who are unsure of their sexuality, this book could make all the difference between life and death, by showing that they are not alone and that love is possible. I just wish I had access to books like this one when I was younger. Maybe I would have been able to accept who I am much earlier and not wasted so much of my life. It brought back many painful memories of my own childhood, but also made me realise how lucky I am today.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gay book ever 26 Feb 2005
By A Customer
I am now reading this book for the 5th time in 6 months. I can't get enough of it as well as it's sequel "Into this World we're thrown", though the first is better.

It is based on the life of a 16 year old boy named Scott who lives in a desert town called Yucca Valley. The book follows his life as he meets Ryan, a 17 year old who just moved from up north. The boys meet and are instantly attracted to each other but neither one has the courage to come out to the other. Ryan is struggling with his not so wholesome past and struggling to accept who he is. The book is an emotional roller coaster associated with late teen life and dealing with things that most teenagers never have to go through.

The two boys eventually get over their fear and start a relationship which progresses on a quite rocky road, that eventually...
Well i won't give that away, so you'll have to buy it.

Fair enough the book does have a few pretty bad spelling and grammatical errors, but if you can overcome the authors poor choice of editor/publisher, i'm sure you'll enjoy this book.

This book is definatley a read it twice book to pick up what you missed first time around as well, as there are often subtle hints and ideas that you don't pick up.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender, erotic and heartwarming love story 20 Sep 2007
By Jo
Scott and Ryan are high school guys in Califronia. Both are gay but Scott admits it to himself, and to one or two others, and is happy in his sexuality. Ryan has had more experience but so traumatic that he cannot come to terms with the fact that he is gay. The story is about how the two meet,are immediately struck by a mutual physical attraction and soon start a passionate affair. But the book is also about friendship, family, acceptance and the sheer wonder of love between two very attractive human beings. No one with any human feeling could be homophobic after reading this book. And the rest of us can enjoy its open and joyous portrayal of passion, beauty and love.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horses for courses.... 1 May 2006
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
I'm conflicted in my attitude towards this book. Intellectually, it could never be considered a great piece, but on some level it's a novel to which I find myself willing to allow plenty of leeway. Clearly the writing is for the most part very basic, and seems to have been penned for a young audience...the Janet & John approach. In addition, the characters lack depth, and their actions and reactions are implausible. Further, there is little in this work that is particularly original.

And is a such a sweet story that the romantic in me is partly willing to overlook such things. As literature, it's decidedly lacking. But as entertainment, it seems to work. Perhaps this is aided by the plethora of sex scenes...Desert Sons could almost be categorised as erotica, rather than mainstream fiction, since the scenes in question are reasonably graphic and frequent. I could, perhaps, construct some form of intellectual justification along the lines that the frequency and explicitness of these scenes is representative of the urgency and novelty of inexperienced teenagers, who are experimenting with the physical pleasures recently opened up to them. But let's not kid's titillation, pure and simple. But then, that genre does have it's own value.

Previous reviewers have said that the book is 'just awful' and that it is 'the best gay book ever'. As Elizabeth Bennet would say, it deserves neither such censure nor such praise. It depends entirely on what kind of read you desire. If you're searching for a serious and emotive work of fiction about gay youth, try Kief Hillsbery, Joe Babcock, Blair Mastbaum, or William Taylor. If you're seeking a little 'comfort reading' with young teen romance and plenty of sex, then you couldn't do much better than Desert Sons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Liked this book a lot. The characters are easy to get to know and the story flows really well. Very good read.
Published 6 months ago by BDH
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage angst
Desert Sons The book cover is misleading it tends to imply a sordid liaison and I would not wish to read it on public transport, but even though this book can titilate it is by not... Read more
Published on 29 May 2011 by David Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars please write a 3rd book
This and follow up must be the best gay coming out book ever written.
I hope the writer relents and writes a 3rd book maybe a few years down the line at college. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly brillaint, a story that wont let you be!!!!
Well, I have just finished readin this book ,it took me 3 days in total, i could not put it down, as a matter of fact it made me late for college last friday, and only yesterday i... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2008 by T. Gullick
5.0 out of 5 stars Started poor, but finished strong!
I debated buying this book for several weeeks before I actually brought it, simply because I didn't like the cover! Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2008 by R. L. Judd
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Guys & Young Love
This book is a must! The story of Scott and Ryan is incredibly well handled - it's not just full of sex (though there's plenty of that! Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2008 by hev62
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, just.... awful
Nice idea for a story was completely overshadowed by the almost repulsive overuse of cliches and sex scenes. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2006 by "brody2for1"
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a great book, but...
Desert Sons is the story about the two boys Ryan and Scott, both in their late teens, who meet when Ryan moves to live with his uncle in Yucca Valley, Scott's home town. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2003 by H. Kroeger
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