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The story begins in modern times. David McIntyre is a film location scout who has been flown around the Hawaiian Islands for several weeks by Rick Sutton, a man David figures could easily be leading man quality in Hollywood. Yeah, maybe David prolongs his stay, and yeah, maybe he wants to stay out longer on his last scheduled flight with Rick just to spend more time with the intriguing, enigmatic man. Little did they know that the decision to stay out a bit longer – combined with a fast brewing storm – would maroon them on a remote island. Rick is injured in the crash, but he can move to shelter. Shelter ends up being a long abandoned WWII outpost, full of ghosts and untold stories.
I took a strong liking to both David and Rick immediately. David is a friendly, straightforward go getter who has visions of producing meaningful work. He’s entirely likeable. He’s also not interested in simply chasing dollars. Rick is accommodating, professional, and obviously hiding out to some degree while nursing some hurt from his past. Both men managed to banter well, demonstrated through wonderful dialogue interspersed with much humor. By the time of the crash, David was quite smitten by Rick, but wasn’t getting any signals of such feelings being returned.
Surviving the plane crash and the aftermath was plausible, as both men had survival experience and were able to keep their cool. While awaiting rescue, the men worked to set up a camp together, and learned a lot more about each other in the close confines, including sobering information regarding Rick’s military background. David ended up tending Rick’s wound, while Rick fell into a fevered semi lucid state. Emotional intimacy was developing while they awaited rescue. With the situation, there was no opportunity for physical intimacy. However I felt the men in a sense were laid more bare since sex wasn’t an option, a potential easy out from actually talking. The close proximity, his care taking role, the shared experiences as survivors, and finally “The Dream”, would eventually lead David into examining and acting on his feelings for Rick.
Interestingly, this segment isn’t segued into in an obvious fashion, such as “David fell asleep and ….” It is introduced as ‘Summer of 1940: Great Britain’. It makes up about 1/3 of story. As a lover of historicals, I was thrilled with the inclusion of this portion. This whole segment was obviously well researched and presented. . I was utterly transported to that era. David’s dream placed the men at a WWII England air base. Sutt was a young, yet seasoned, brash, talented pilot. David (dubbed Mac by Sutt), was a code breaker/analyst. The two met with all the personnel on the base at the cantina each night, where Sutt and Mac soon recognized and acted upon hidden sexual desires. Desires that Sutton struggled to tamp down, but David refused to. Sutton seemed on a path of self- destruction, fueled by watching so many buddies die, the bleak prospects of surviving the war, the zero prospects of living an authentic life if he did survive. David tried desperately trying to convince Sutt to turn his talents out of the skies and to other areas of the war effort. Sutt’s downtrodden frame of mind, the hopelessness of those caught in the war, the desperation on the part of David, was as well drawn as the descriptions of the physical location. This segment was so emotionally bittersweet. Damn wars. Damn inequality
The vivid and poignant dream proved to be the wake- up call David needed to lay his feelings for Rick on the line. It also carried a few side effects. After the dream David starting calling Rick “Sutt”, and Rick even addressed David as Mac a time or two. I do believe this was meant to illustrate the connection between David’s dream and reality – an extra spark to help push David to speak frankly to Rick after the rescue- which he did. Well, it took a lot of gumption on David’s part, but there was eventually more than talking involved… ;-) David realized there may be no tomorrows, no do overs to seize the opportunity. To seize Rick. Indeed Mac and Sutt in the dream may have had no alternative, but in real life David and Rick’s only obstacle were Rick’s self- doubts.
I was left wanting a bit more time to pass in the story before it ended. What I had really hoped to see was more of Rick’s layers peeled back before the two men flew off into the blue together. Perhaps in a sequel?!
This was a very well written adventure type story, but it is also so much more. Through David/Mac, and Rick/Sutt, the author presents wonderful portrayals of the human condition, how people basically haven’t changed too much as the decades have passed. How we need to be willing to take a chance on love while we can. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author.
Sarah Madison's book is a fun entertainment that delivers both the sizzle and the steak.
Have you noticed, Queer Towners? Sometimes the biggest boulder on romance's rocky road blocks the road to our "happily ever after" when we don't know the sexual orientation of the object of our affection.
As The Boys of Summer begins, this is David McIntyre's dilemma - the impediment to his romantic desires. McIntyre is crushing big-time on ruggedly handsome pilot Rick Sutton, but he doesn't know whether the sexy flyboy is heterosexual or gay - does Rick hanker for him, or does he yearn for a buxom blond flight attendant type: the type who used to be called a "stewardess," and who, back in the day, could be seen on airline TV commercials, beckoning seductively, "My name is Greta. Fly me. I'll really shake my tail for you."
Here's how Madison's sexy survival saga unfolds:
David McIntyre is a successful motion picture location scout, currently airborne, scouring the Hawaiian Islands for the kind of locations that leave moviegoers breathless, and desiring to visit the exact places they have seen on the big screen. David is very good at his job; but when it comes to matters personal, not so good. He wields his camera and wears his pricey imported shoes, much more skillfully than he juggles personal relationships, or his own deepest feelings.
And then there is devastatingly attractive Rick Sutton, the airplane pilot who flies David around the islands in his search for perfect locations. Sutton is the kind of guy who is easy to hate. You know the type: the muscled, adventurer who looks great in a tuxedo with his hair slicked back, but he looks even better nude - with a two-day growth of beard, and tussled hair.
Making Rick all the more alluring to David, he is a man of mystery - a flying ace who uses his words, in the same way he spends his money, where they are worth most.
When the story begins, David is so compelled by Rick that he can barely keep his eyes on the locations possibilities over which they are flying. That is how things are when they see a storm brewing. Bad weather be damned, Rick makes an executive decision to continue the location scouting, rather than land the plane before the friendly skies become dangerous.
It is a bad call. Within moments, the brewing storm has percolated into a treacherous tempest. To escape certain death, Rick makes an emergency landing on a deserted island.
Here is where the story could have stumbled badly, "stranded on a desert island" plots are frequently sand traps for storytelling. But Sarah Madison's skillfully avoids the sinkhole clichés of the sub-genre. The author succeeds where others sink by crafting fresh character and plot shadings - by using unexpected turns of events that steer character and their situations clear of clichés.
David McIntyre survives the crash landing relatively unscathed. Not so, Rick Sutton. The pilot escapes with his life, but one of his arms is injured badly. Before long, Rick's injury becomes infected, making his very survival doubtful.
David and Rick struggle for survival and pray for rescue. Life-threatening infection or no, Rick still has cornered the market on David's lust. And David is still in the dark as to the sexually orientation of his pilot paramour.
Survival and the hoped for rescue make for an exhausting and danger-plagued existence.
Even so, the men eventually discover evidence that their now deserted island had once been home to a World War II military operation. That discovery leads to another one: a water source.
The H2O is a life-saving find, but water cannot disinfect Rick's arm, nor can it lead rescuers to the island.
Finally, one night, in bed, feverish, perhaps dying, Rick Sutton confesses to David that he is gay and ex-military.
That is when David falls asleep, and his historical dream begins. The author labels this fifty-some page sequence as Interlude.
As in the waking story, David McIntyre and Rick Sutton star in the dream. But, in this nocturnal, sleep-generated interlude, the men are not stranded on a deserted island. They exist in a different place and time - but survival is still the issue.
The time is World War II, and the place is the UK.
Here, both men are military. McIntyre is the Brains - the guy sitting behind a desk, popping his knuckles even as he attempts to crack the secret German codes produced by the Third Reich's notorious Enigma Machine. Staying in character, Dream Rick is the Brawn: an athletic, Spitfire pilot, with a devil-may-care attitude, and several chips on his uniformed shoulder.
As in waking life, dream David falls for World War II Rick, big-time. And once again, Rick is not much for words, or for any other form of self-revelation.
This Interlude could easily stand on its own as a short story, or, in a slightly expanded form; it could have been a novella.
Instead Madison sandwiches the fifty-page dream in-between the two halves of her deserted island novel, giving additional shading, speculation and texture to the waking life deserted island idyll.
Reading this interlude, I could not help but wonder, does the author also intend this sequence to be a dream of reincarnation, perhaps it is David's past life recall, signaling a present life second chance encounter with a once-upon-a-time love?
The author's own words, from an interview with Mark, over at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews, answered my speculation - well, sort of.
When asked about The Boys of Summer's Interlude dream sequence, and about her own views on "past lives," and second chances, Sarah Madison answered, "I decided to leave that part ambiguous so that the reader could decide for himself the significance of David's dream."
But Madison went on to report, "For my own part, I can't tell you how many times I've had dreams that have turned out to be semi-prophetic."
Whether or not the reader interprets David's dream as a previous life recalled in slumber, s/he will undoubtedly enjoy this lush rich Interlude segment.
Upon awakening, David and Rick's deserted island survival saga resumes.
As it happens, they are rescued in the knick of time, and then air-lifted to a hospital.
That's when, as they say, the plot really thickens. The book ends with a surprise, but along with the surprise, the resolution comes with the best sequel setup that I've ever read.
Without giving away the plot surprise, here is the sequel setup denouement.
David says, "You, me.... Here on this plane. It feels weird. Unfinished somehow. Like our story shouldn't be ending yet."
Rick answers, "Maybe that's because it's not. Maybe it's because it's just beginning."
As for the sequel, this reviewer adds, "Bring it on!"
Link to online version: http://www.queertownabbey.com/component/content/article/13-books/45-the-boys-of-summer-by-sarah-madison
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