- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1039 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Publisher: DreamCraft; Fourth Edition edition (15 Jun. 2005)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001V5KEHC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #932,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What's best about the novel is the intensity of the relationship between the heroes. They are hot, they are passionate, they are believable, and their relationship is believable. It makes sense that they are in love, a point a lot of romance novels neglect. The sex is hot too - not as ubiquitous as in Ice, and better, more intense, than in Aquamarine.
Somewhere among the pirates, battles and other thrills and adventures, there is a more serious gay theme. The heroes suffer for their love and are forced to make hard choices and big sacrifices in a world where homosexual love is not always welcome.
As usual, Keegan's dialogue is a bit stilted and odd in places, and some of the secondary characters are a little shallow, but whatever weaknesses this novel has are swept away by the desparate intensity of the heroes' relationship. It's impossible not to fall in love with them both, and little flaws can easily be overlooked when you're in love.
In FORTUNE'S OF WAR Keegan abandons contemporary thrillers (please don't do this, Mel!) and sci fi thrillers to turn his attention to historical adventure. This is the tale of half-Spanish mercenary Dermot Channon and his love for young Robert Armagh, the son of an English earl. As the blurb on the back of the book puts it, "The couple's adventures together on the Spanish Main make a swashbuckling romance in the best gay pirate tradition." That reads for sex, dueling, sex, sea battles, sex, revenge, deadly fevers...did I mention sex? In short, plenty of action of all descriptions.
Keegan has a keen eye for sensuous detail, and a gift for creating warriors with a tender side. His stories are wildly imaginative, romantic and fun.
So am I now a fan of pirate stories? No. But I'm still a fan of Mel Keegan.
Fortunes of War is a long, satisfying gay romance with an interesting historical setting: I am no scholar and cannot say whether Mr Keegan has his xvi century history right but the setting is nonetheless perfectly convincing.
The plot may look like a classic (straight) romance but it is well paced, action packed with many pages dedicated to dialogue and love making, vastly different from the usual stuff you get in straight stories of courageous damsels in distress meeting the charming rogue.
The writing is fine, much better than what you usually get from gay-themed novel. The first pages are outstanding: they unfortunately set so high a standard Mr Keegan is later no longer able to keep up to: a pity, we could have a real literary classic now and not "just" an excellent novel.
Dermot and Robin are wonderful characters: charmingly flawed, passionate, proud, strong willed and utterly vulnerable. I fell desperately in love with both of them and greatly enjoyed their sex: extremely well written, quite explicit, emotionally intense and tasteful.
There are many side characters, many of them well rounded and useful to push the story forward and give it more depth.
Let's see the flaws now:
- typos, many of them.
- many minor but irritating inconsistencies, such as Robin's hair which suddenly turns brown to turn red again; at times he is muscled, at times nearly thin.
- clumsiness in character's and plot's development: the novel is long (could have been longer though, the story and characters have enourmous potential) and sometimes Mr Keegan seems to lose its grasp on it. Plot twists and characterization details are not always to the point and not really convincing.
- there are some paragraphs whose writing is not as good and polished as always.
I wish the author would find a competent editor and put his feather back to his work again: this novel is worth such an effort and it is an outright shame no one is willing to publish it again for the sake of any reader, gay and straight.
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