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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Breur Media Corporation (August 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981947417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981947419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brett Edward Stout, the son of two successful entrepreneurs, was born in Cedar Rapids Iowa in 1978. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Marine Corps where he studied Russian at the renowned Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After attending a secondary school in Texas he was stationed at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Hawaii as a Russian cryptologic-linguist and weapons marksmanship instructor before being honorably discharged in 2002. He worked in 2000, 2001, and 2002 for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) . He worked for HIFF under a variety of titles that included Jury Coordinator and Database Administrator. In 2002, the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation appointed him as their Executive Director of the foundation and their primary event, now called the Rainbow Film Festival. He remained a member of the board until he left to attend the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa where he majored in Russian Language. His passion for writing began when he wrote his first poem in 4th grade almost getting himself suspended from school; he's been in love with writing ever since. Brett Edward Stout's debut novel is Sugar-baby Bridge and he is now at work on the follow-up novel The Lives Between.

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Once you start reading, it will be hard to put down.
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The painstaking descriptions of every aspect of his environment are breathtaking.
Henry H. Perritt
It's smartly written, well thought out, intelligent with touches of humor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich Merritt on March 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Marines often speak wistfully of the "freedom" of the "First Civ Div" (paradoxically referring to "civilian (civ) life" as a military "division" (div)) but the transition from being a Marine back to being a slimy civilian is challenging for many reasons. Brett Edward Stout captures this angst as only someone who has been through it can understand.

He writes beautifully:

"I found myself wanting to be wrapped in the tailored safety of my uniform. It was my armor. Everyone wanted to look at me and be around me when I was in uniform... In uniform, I represented a hero. To them, I had fought every war that had ever been won. I was deadly, strong, sexy and admired. Now, I no longer had the option to wear that uniform. No one was looking at me or depending on me anymore. I was floating on the outside of the people who had wounded me all through my childhood and I had been stripped of my armor."

"Sugar-Baby Bridge" is filled with astute observations and insights, not only about this peculiar transition from Marine to civilian, but also about life in general. Stout's Brad Spicer is curious, observant and wise and you'll be glad to accompany him as he tags along with the enigmatic Ron on this adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack on November 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
As an author, I was asked to read this book prior to its publication. I was duly impressed with the work. Brett Edward Stout's Sugar-Baby Bridge is an intriguing story that grabs you from the moment you start to read. You will not want to put this book down until you know the final outcome. And when you do finish the book, Stout hooks you in with a preview of his next volume, The Lives Between, which features the main character from Bridge.

The traits of his characters can be recognized by most - in others at least, if not in ourselves. You will find yourself thinking "me, too!" Sugar-Baby Bridge's main character, Brad Spicer, is a charming, if somewhat deceptive, individual. Brad is finding his way through life after a four-year hitch in the Marines. His pretext is fundamentally harmless as he tries to fit into every social situation with which he comes into contact. We follow Brad on his adventure from his vacation in San Francisco to the posh world of the decadently rich of Lake Tahoe. Along the way we get to meet some pretty interesting characters and watch as Brad conforms to what he thinks they expect of him.

Stout's tale of a young man finding his way without the comforting structure and discipline imposed upon him by the Marines is a fascinating coming-of-age story that should not be missed.

Terence Jackson, author of Thirty Days and Counting, and the new release, Von Dred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2009
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Brett Edward Stout has come up with an intriguing story. While I read it, I kept hating the fact that I needed to put it down and do other things, the story, characters, and the flow of the chapters makes this book very difficult to put down. Learning about Brad and how he must deal with whatever is thrown at him because of his decision to spend more time with Ron is very entertaining.

I found myself laughing out loud on a few occasions, and many of the scenes had me thinking that the story was being written about me or someone I knew. The characters are very real, and are fun to follow and seeing them react to different things is sometimes funny and occasionally sad.

I can't wait for the next one! Amazing job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Farino on November 23, 2009
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A cleverly written novel accurately depicting the transition period of a gay man from military to civilian life. The author captures how hard it is to let go of the military life even after a person leaves the armed forces. The main character conveys the difficulty of the transition without letting it get in the way of adapting to civilian life. The love story, if it really is one, is not necessarily about love but taking chances. I thought the book was well written with a believable storyline. I would recommend this book to military and non military alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry H. Perritt on July 22, 2009
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Sugar-Baby Bridge is literature, not writing just a step above porn. As the novel progresses, we live inside Brad's head. We share his uncertainties about everything from his patron, Ron, to his Marine's horror of any kind of disorder, no matter how trivial, to his not liking to get sand in his flip-flops. The painstaking descriptions of every aspect of his environment are breathtaking.

The power of being sexually attracted to cute men is palpable but occurs sporadically instead of eclipsing everything other aspect of the story. These seem like real people, not sex machines.

When I was approaching the end, it occurred to me that Sugar-Baby Bridge is as touching as John Knowles' A Separate Peace; it makes the reader care as much about Stout's Brad as about Knowles' Gene, although the settings, plot and characters are completely different.

I am eagerly awaiting Stout's next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elisa on November 9, 2008
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Brad is a 22 years old guy just out of 4 years of service in the Marine Corps. Stationed in Hawaii, he decided to take a break and visit San Francisco, believing the city the righ place to go for a gay man. Probably Brad hoped to find answers in the city and instead finds only other questions: who he is, who he wants to be?

One night in a club, Brad is searching one more man to spend the night and maybe have also a free dinner, since he is living in a very tight budge. Brad is not digging for money, he will not hook up with the first man with a heavy wallet. Ron is slightly older, 32 years older and a bit strange. He doesn't speak much, but he is gentle in his way, and when he asks Brad to go home with him, the young man agrees.

Comes out that Ron is a very wealth man, living a life only few could afford: night snack at the Fairmont, buying a new Mercedes only to take a few days break in a cabin on Lake Tahoe, having lunch in yacth clubs all around California. After a night of joyous and careless sex, Ron drags Brad in an impromptu short travel, but more far they go from San Francisco, more cold Ron becomes, and more Brad is regretting to have postponed his fly back to Hawaii.

Brad is a young man who wants to find his place in the world. He probably believes that finding a man, a partner, will help him to find an anchor in this world. And so he is ready to fall for Ron, but Ron is not the right man to give stability to Brad. Ron himself has trouble to decide what he wants to be; he is not a bad guy, but he has never had the chance to deal with real life. He is ready to spend heavy money for dressing Brad up with shirts and shorts embroidered with Yacht Club logo, but then he questioned on buying socks and boxers.
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