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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595191304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595191307
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,685 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 www.mark-kendrick.com.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fox-williams on 18 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Nat NI on 26 Jun. 2006
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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 By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2005
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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.

Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 20 Sept. 2007
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Judd on 29 Feb. 2008
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I debated buying this book for several weeeks before I actually brought it, simply because I didn't like the cover! It said far too much as to the possible story and text inside - not a book for public transport!

However, despite a dodgy start (when I almost abandoned the book) it went from strength to strength. I got involved with the characters, both of whom are likable, and really championed them through the different events that mark their summer.

Although the book is supposed to be set over a period of months, during summer break, the way the story plays out it seems to only be weeks as the guys - Ryan & Scott - cope with many very adult situations.

Their independence is fun and exciting and the romance & love that eventually develop heartful and beautiful to read. There is also humour and some thundering sexual moments.

The writing isn't the best, so you must see through the grammar and punctuation errors and I found the early chapters confused and hardwork to read but stick with it. From mid-way through the text picks up and I personally found I couldn't put it (even on public transport - I didn't care anymore, i had to keep reading!).

If you enjoy gay romance, then this is for you - you won't be disappointed. I wasn't!

Enjoy!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Son of Nietzsche on 1 May 2006
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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 yet...it 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 ourselves...it'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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