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It Takes Two Paperback – June 6, 2012
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The homosexual elements and the crime elements in the book are neatly woven together. The sex scenes are hot, very hot, and would interest anybody of whatever persuasion, but I think the author included them to help the plot and create strong characters. I particularly like the way the main characters, Dan and Bud, care for each other even when they are at odds, even fighting drunk. They take care of each other both like a couple of buddies and a real couple, so that the reader is always cheering them on. I also like Admiral Asdeck, Dan's mentor, a lot. Even though some of the deals he pulls are irregular, you can tell he cares for Dan like a son and wants him to grow more mature and accepting of the realities of life in a rough society. Any smart young man would want a father figure like Asdeck. The bar manager, Carmen Veranda, is hard to take at times but she is real believable, too. I knew people like that when I was in the Navy and believe they were funny in a sissy way but strong, too. In closing I have to say that this one of the best gay mystery novels I have read as well as one of the best gay love stories. I recommend it to all but especially to guys who want a mystery story with a lot of adventure featuring he-man type heroes who are also men who love men.
Out of three books that I have read by this writer, I would say that this is probably the most romantic one. Dont get me wrong, it is also a great historical and murder mystery investigation, but while Bud and Dan do not talk about how much they love and care for each other (actually Bud talks very little about that, period, since he is not a POV character), them falling in love is very very clear for the reader and since we are in Dan's head, we can hear his feelings on that matter. They are restrained when the feelings come up, of course they will be, dont want to generalize much, but more often than not men are not much for feelings talk. The settings of Florida in the 1940s are very believable, seem very well researched, often ugly when racism and homophobia are so rampant, but it makes what Bud and Dan have and realise that it is worth keeping all the more touching and wonderful. I think this book also has one of the best portrayals of PTSD which soldier may often have coming home from war. I really really loved this book and highly recommend it.
U.S. Navy veteran Lieutenant Dan Ewing has suffered from survivors' guilt and nightmares ever since he lost his best buddy and sexual partner of 18 months when his ship was sunk by a submarine and the majority of the men were lost at sea. In Spencer 'Bud' Wright, he finally seems to have found the man whose company helps him find solace. Unfortunately, Bud fights the reality of their attraction and relationship. Sergeant Bud Wright, veteran and ex-sharpshooter, is now a Lee County detective. He and Dan are having what he thinks of as a friendship with occasional sexual benefits. Bud is not beneath playing a little grab-ass, but a homosexual? No. He is confused and scared of the consequences, but most of all afraid 'mixing it up' with Dan might be more than just the fulfillment of a teen-age fantasy. What poor deluded Bud doesn't understand is that sooner or later Dan always gets what he wants.
Managing the Caloosa Hotel with its private club where gambling, drinking and loose behaviors are only acceptable behind closed doors becomes a dangerous proposition for Dan, especially after he inadvertently becomes involved in one of Bud's murder investigations. In a hotel room located at the edge of 'Colored Town,' two men are found shot: a colored soldier and a white man. The white man is husband to the daughter of the most influential man in town.Read more ›
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This is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters. The actual murder mystery isn’t terribly engaging (even the police detective seems to... Read more
This is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters. The actual murder mystery isn’t terribly engaging (even the police detective seems to forget about it at... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah
Really wonderfully written period novel. Multiple themed: 1940's South, PTSD, letting go, learning to live with one's self, m/m romance. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by daveh
It's a good read about Post World War II gay men. Starts out with a double murder and then develops some really engaging characters. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by furrealdeal
The year is 1949, in Fort Meyers FL, a city generally uncomfortable as it pushes
toward racial integration, definitely wary about "sissies" and generally
distrustful of... Read more
I am a fan of Elliott Mackle's work--he's an accomplished writer with a world of experience behind him. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I've read IT TAKES TWO three times in the past year, and I will read it again. And, probably again after that. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by John E.
Elliot Mackle is the Tom Wolfe of gay fiction. This book is a great romp, an tender love story and full of enchanting characters. Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by CHARLIE
I really enjoyed this book and I hope he writes another one with these two characters. Elliott Mackel really captured the way things were back then. Read morePublished on May 16, 2006 by Kindle Customer