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Fortunes Of War
FORTUNES OF WAR Mel Keegan
298pp, 6" x 9"
Cover by Jade
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In the spring of 1588 two young men fell in love: an Irish mercenary serving the Spanish ambassador in London, and the son of an English earl. Then Dermot Channon must leave England when the embassy is expelled just prior to the onset of war, and Robin despairs of ever seeing him again. Seven years pass, and when Robin's brother is kidnapped for ransom in Panama in the years following the war between England and Spain, Robin sets sail with a fleet commanded by Francis Drake, hoping to bring home his brother. But soon enough the ship on which Robin is traveling is sunk by privateers — pirates led by none other than Dermot Channon. Reunited by a cruel twist of fate, the two men embark with passion on a series of swashbuskling adventures around the Spanish Main.
"A fine example of the genre" — Gay Times.
Mel Keegan’s name is a byword for thrilling gay adventure in the past, present and future — MILLIVRES on Aquamarine.
REVIEWED BY E.R.
"Fortunes of War" has everything a reader could want: beautifully crafted characters (the image of Robin's wide-eyed, innocent encounter with Dermot at the start of the novel is one that will stay with me for a very long time), swashbuckling action and plenty of romance. I was totally captivated.
REVIEWED BY CHRIS
I just finished reading Fortunes of War for the second time! The first time was five or six years ago when I was still in my twenties. I remember loving the storyline and the great character (and romance) development. I was a little concerned that now that I am 30-something, I would not enjoy the book as much. Wow, was I wrong. I enjoyed the book on a whole other level, now identifying more with the Dermot character rather than the Robin character. MK has an incredible gift for drawing you into his world. When I found out that the published version had actually been shortened, I wondered why. If the unedited version was as great as the edited version, I would have loved to have had the opportunity to read it.
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