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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Mirador Publishing (5 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909220612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909220614
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,681,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I came late to writing, but have well and truly caught the bug now. Whether anyone is interested or not, I shall continue to write stories. I believe passionately in the two books I've produced so far.

Looking back at my own experiences, I was keen to set a story which featured a gay teenage boy as the central figure and I was also determined the story should have a positive outcome. I particularly liked adventure stories when I was younger, and thought that it was about time the boy got the boy instead of the girl at the end of the story.

I have a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, which has enabled me to earn a living teaching science. I have done this for over 30 years, giving me the opportunity, in a small way, to nurture some exceptionally talented students who have gone on to do great things.

However, it is equally important to me that I have a diploma in music from the Open University. I sing, play, compose and conduct music with local groups whenever I can.


It was my boss, a former headmistress at the school I work at now, who started me thinking about writing. She would make comments about how funny my reports were (even though they were not meant to be) and how much she enjoyed reading them. In the end, I thought I might as well give it a go. After all, they do say we all have one book in us if only we took the time and effort to write it.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RavingReviewer on 23 July 2014
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This second part in the series by Rory Freckleton, returns us to the lives of Jake, Nathan and friends, who are living out their lives under the protection of Rainbow House in a secret location in London.

As well as dealing with the usual teenage issues of love, relationships and a-levels, our heroes have the added burden of undertaking their Guardian training. This will enable them to become part of a team of special agents dedicated to protecting the gay community and other vulnerable members of an increasingly, homophobic, hostile and fascist society.

Outside the protective bubble of Rainbow House The Family Unity Party is gaining considerable ground politically, helped by weak government and failing financial markets, and they are becoming increasingly militarised. Can the location of Rainbow House be kept a secret? Will the Rainbow Alliance and the gay community at large be able to survive in an increasingly hostile society?

I sometimes felt that the fantasy or adventure elements of the story jarred a little too much, and this is probably because the rest of the book - the mundanity of normal teenage life and all the towns and places that form the backdrop for the action are all too real? But, on the whole this is an enjoyable read, and the parallel stories of our teenage heroes' adolescent lives and the FUP threat outside Rainbow House are tied in well together. I am very much left wanting to know what will happen next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 8 April 2014
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After reading the first book, The Guardians of the rainbow, I was excited to see how the story line was going to progress as I realised the end of the last book had been left with sufficient scope for anything to happen in subsequent titles.

Once again, I was pleased with the read. The short, sharp and snappy chapters are ideal for the target audience – enough to keep them engaged but not bored! The story line had moved on to reflect the next stage of the characters life (going to college, preparing for university etc,) and from experience we all know that this can be a chaotic time, without any personal events that go on in each of our lives. The writer had got this reflective of typical late teenagers with the sexuality issue being one extra event to have to deal with.

Whilst at times the book fancies itself as a plot from James Bond, the writers imagination is clearly well expressed and time and detail have gone into the storyline. What I like particularly is how some of the pure fictional parts of the book somehow have a reality about them, and seem to run parallel with events not so fiction in a typical teenagers life whether gay or straight. Infact the worrying thing about it is that with breakdown of mainstream society and rise of fascist style groups, something so fictional could become quite real. This is very clever.

The writer also touches on some fairly key topics (religion and sexuality for example) which may be taboo or controversial and these are introduced and dealt with well. The characters (especially the main few) each seem to have their own story and life to tell, which is an individual part of the story as a whole, and it is clever how it all links together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter2305 on 19 Dec. 2013
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This keenly awaited sequel to Guardians of the Rainbow gives us the next development of this fast-paced and chilling story. It follows the pattern established in the first book, of shortish snappy chapters and dialogue. The main young characters are given more depth as they pass through their teenage years and deal with their new lives at Rainbow House and their training to be the next generation of Guardians. We read further about the extreme and violent tactics adopted by the F.U.P. in order to try and eradicate all gay members of society. I wonder whether the political aspects, namely the reasons behind the weak Government, both local and national and the collapse of a bank couldn't have been explored in just a little more depth without losing the interest of the book's younger audience.

As before, there is a pleasing lack of very graphic sex even though there are close relationships running parallel with the fast-moving events. There is poignancy too in Jake's interest in Tim, a young man who has been a loner for most of his time at Rainbow House. This is a very well written book and clearly it can't be the end of the matter and we await the third book in the trilogy with anticipation.
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By Mountain Rover on 3 July 2014
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Hard to put down - always something happening.
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