many ways, this is the classic “boys’ own” thriller: guns, car chases,
drug smuggling, white slave trade, crashed planes, treasure…. Only, the
heroes are gay! Alex and Greg are long-term partners, one a photojournalist,
one a war-reporter. Meeting on a case many years before, they are now
a pair, and nothing can separate them. I found this part of the storyline
very interesting: it’s not often we have such a positive depiction of
a stable couple. They are so in love, incredibly sexy and know that their
monogamous commitment is keeping them alive.
holiday in Jamaica, they find a crashed plane and when they report it
they find that a number of other people were looking for the plane, too.
The trouble escalates until they are running for their lives, not knowing
who to trust or where to turn for help.
own thrillers really aren’t my favourite novels, but I really did enjoy
Alex and Greg and the sex between them is very hot, as well as having
that added delight of being between such a committed couple. What puzzles
me is that this novel is so entirely different from Mel’s other work.
Most of the people I’ve met through slash are highly intelligent women,
and I’m really not sure that this novel would appeal to them all that
much. It doesn’t have very much emotional development and concentrates
on the plot. The baddies are really very one-dimensional, and even Alex
and Greg are rather obvious. How this book came out of the same imagination
as Nocture, one of the most amazing books we’ve reviewed, really amazes
me. It’s not bad—far from it. It’s just not in the same league as that
all means give it a go if you like a racy thriller but get fed up with
ultra-straight James Bond type characters. Greg and Alex couldn’t be tougher
or more masculine, resourceful or dangerous, but when they have sex, they
like to have it with each other! If only they’d make more movies with
this delightful kind of reversal.
you’re looking for an exciting thriller with a hefty dollop of romance
and a whole cookie-jarful of hot spice this is the book you need. Mel
Keegan’s first published novel is an easy read perfect for a bit of escapist
fun. Actually I’m surprised he hasn’t written a sequel as it begs to be
a series and would make the basis for a good TV show to dispel a few myths
about gay men.
Keegan succeeds because he creates characters you want to know better
and when you finish reading need to know what happens next. The action
adventure plot provides enough conflict and intrigue to put the characters
through their paces. Okay it’s a bit far fetched in places, and problems
no sooner arise than they’re solved, but who cares when you’re having
so much fun? And the important thing anyway is the satisfyingly romantic-
and very sexy- relationship between two men, partners for 3 years.
Hunky Alex Conner is a photojournalist for Perspective. Beautiful
boyfriend Greg Farris, two years younger, is a writer for the same newsmagazine.
Alex is a transplanted Aussie working in London, passionate about human
rights, motivated partly because a gay man knows what it’s like to be
victimised and discriminated against.
Despite his boyish dancer’s physique Greg is tough: from a respectable
middle class family he was abused then disowned by his homophobic father,
forced to survive any way he could. Eventually he fought his way into
journalism, filled with anger and inner steel that makes him a dangerous
Alex & Greg escape grey grim London for the azure Caribbean, a well-earned
two weeks sleeping, lazing on a beach, a bit of scuba diving and a lot
They’ve been together since Greg met Alex in Port Stanley during the Falklands
War in 1982. Scared into commitment by AIDS, both however clear, they’re
two halves of a whole bound by love, trust and promises made by choice.
Not that they’re never tempted to stray; but there’s no need when the
sex just gets better. Each knows the other’s body as well as his own,
every kink and pleasure-point. There’s a lot of sex, sensual and very
erotic. Alex is quite the romantic with his seafaring fantasies, shades
of Dermott & Robin!
When the lovers go diving in Montego Bay and find the wreck of a light
plane, complete with dead pilot and no sign of damage, resting on a reef,
they disturb a hornet’s nest that shatters their island idyll before it’s
Though used to danger and living on adrenaline, the luck that brought
them through war reporting in SE Asia and the Middle East is sorely tested.
A day out becomes a near-death experience, beginning an adventure of thrills
and spills, including hurricane and bushfire, car/boat chases and sharpshooters.
A millionaire American businessman trafficking in drugs and young boys
is implicated in the disappearance of that plane with its cargo of gemstones.
Keegan provides good background on Jamaican history and contemporary society,
violent and profoundly homophobic.
A light and racy read you won’t be able to put down, this is vintage Keegan.