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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC; First edition (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602729379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602729377
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Filled with extraordinary characters that keep pages turning and emotions churning...blends heartbreak and hope into a potent literary brew. With a sure and descriptive touch, Rick R. Reed sets grief against the false glitter of Chicago Christmases, ultimately demonstrating that the power of love can heal, no matter what the form. Keep the hankies ready and be prepared: this book will stay with you long after the last page. --Amy Wolff Sorter, author of Soul Obsession

Rick R. Reed has a knack for creating compelling characters with intriguing histories. His storytelling style is fresh and his plots are innovative. Well-known for his dark fantasy, horror, and suspense, Reed has branched out recently to add mystery and dramatic novels to his résumé. The resulting books...are terrific, must-read novels. --Lori L. Lake, author of Snow Moon Rising

Orientation is a romance, but, as one would expect from the celebrated author of suspense and mystery, it is not just your run-of-the-mill romance. There's a murderous subplot and plenty of agonizing over the rights and wrongs of one's actions, and some of the best writing Reed has done yet--but what he really serves up here is a beautiful Christmas present of a love story, all wrapped up in lavender ribbons, and with a splendid surprise in store for the reader when the last wrappings are peeled away. Forget the gay/straight labels. If you savor Miracle on 34th Street and sniffle through It's a Wonderful Life, put this at the very top of your Christmas list. --Victor J. Banis, author of Longhorns

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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel."

Visit Rick's website at http://www.rickrreed.com or follow his blog at http://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/. You can also like Rick on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rickrreedbooks or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rickrreed. Rick always enjoys hearing from readers and answers all e-mails personally. Send him a message at jimmyfels@gmail.com

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It was very hard to put this book down.
T. Oldes
The characters will move you -- to anger, pity and a whole range of other reactions.
I thought this book was magnificent and very poignant.
Bethann Korsmit, author of "Darkness Descending"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessewave on March 4, 2009
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Rick Reed is a prolific writer whose books include many genres and I'm just starting my journey into his incredibly complex mind. This is a love story but it's not your typical love story because for Rick Reed there is always a twist as his stories are unusual, and even if you feel that they are too incredible for words you can't help but be caught up in his evil and inventive mind.

Orientation begins Christmas Day 1983 when we meet Robert whose lover Keith is dying of AIDS. As he takes care of Keith, perhaps for the last time, Robert tries to make Christmas a day to remember because he knows it would be Keith's last. What really touched and saddened me about this scene is the picture of Robert scurrying around to make elaborate preparations, knowing that no one else will see them or eat the food.

We flash forward 24 years later and there's a new man in Robert's life, Ethan, one of his many lovers over almost two and a half decades, but he knows that this last relationship has ended although he can't quite bring himself to throw him out because he's afraid of confrontation. As Ethan goes out Christmas night on yet another unexplained tryst, Robert decides to take a walk along the shores of Lake Michigan to figure out what to do, and it is there that he sees Jess as she is about to kill herself. He saves her, after convincing her that suicide is not the answer to her problems, and brings her home. This is the start of a new phase in Robert's life when he realizes shortly after, that inexplicably Jess is reliving his and Keith's life when they first met. There is no logical explanation other than somehow Jess has a part of Keith's soul inside her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Oldes on July 25, 2008
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I found "Orientation" to be touching, romantic, thrilling and a very satisfying read. Rick captured certain behavioral patterns in gay life with an accuracy that made me shiver. Horrifying at times, intensely loving and romantic at others, it is an exciting premise few would ever even consider, yet it works. It was very hard to put this book down.
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Orientation is the first book that I have read that involves love, reincarnation and a murder plot. It is about falling in love with someone without the presence of passion and physical love. Being truly loved, even without the romance and passion, can transcend the need for physical love between two people. The love between Robert, the gay, aging, sugar-daddy, millionaire heir with a distaste for confrontation, and Jess, the young, artistic, twentysomething lesbian is both deep and meaningful. They fill a void in each other that no one else can.

Robert and Jess knew from the moment that they met that some guiding force had pushed the two together. Could the guiding force by Keith, Robert's deceased lover who succumbed to AIDS in the early days of the disease? The timing is also very significant. Was Robert sent to save Jess, or was Jess sent to save Robert?

Christmas plays a big part in the story, with most of the action occurring on two separate Christmas holidays - 24 years apart. One Christmas holiday is very tragic and heartbreaking, another is potentially fatal, while yet another makes one believe in the magic of the holidays.

I thought this book was magnificent and very poignant. I'm not one who goes for the supernatural or who believes in reincarnation, but I was thoroughly impressed by the way in which the author made it work, and dare I say (within the confines of this book) it was believable. Orientation is definitely a roller coaster ride of emotions from the first page to the last. If you enjoy a good love story, mixed with a fair share of angst, go ahead and buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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With Orientation, celebrated author Rick R. Reed produces possibly his finest novel to date. This story of love past and love present, mingled with a touch of the supernatural and a healthy dose of realized horror, grabs the reader from Chapter One and doesn't let go until the very last word. This is the story of Robert, a man who lost the love of his life two decades ago to AIDS, and it's the story of Jess, a young woman who Robert meets just as she's about the commit the most irreversible act. As the two forge a friendship, Robert realizes that Jess, who is a lesbian, knows things only he and his late lover Keith could have known. Jess is as puzzled and disturbed by the visions of the past as is Robert, because she didn't experience them...or did she? Could Jess be the reincarnation of Keith? Has his lost love returned to him? Robert doesn't know what to make of it either but he knows it's more than coincidence can explain. With his young lover Ethan, a soul bound by an addiction to meth, plotting his demise and Jess reaching out for something neither of them can fulfill, Orientation builds to a stunning climax and a bittersweet ending, as the reader is left to decide for himself just what has happened between these two unforgettable characters and the path life has chosen for them.
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