Come Unto These Yellow Sands [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sometimes the adventure chooses you.

Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police Chief Max Prescott is healthy.

When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to ...

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Overview

Sometimes the adventure chooses you.

Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police Chief Max Prescott is healthy.

When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin—only to find out that the boy’s father is dead and the police are suspicious. In an instant, the stable life Swift has built for himself hangs on finding the boy and convincing him to give himself up before Max figures out Swift’s involvement in the case.

Max enjoys splitting an infinitive or two with his favorite nutty professor, but he’s not much for sonnets or Shakespeare. He likes being lied to even less. Yet his instincts—and his heart—tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poet’s society.

Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that Josh Lanyon’s smart, sexy, sophisticated stories may prove hazardous to your heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609282738
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 193,264
  • File size: 764 KB

Meet the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    An Incredible Journey of the Heart

    Josh Lanyon is an exceptional writer and an automatic purchase for me. I just had the pleasure of reading his latest release "Come unto These Yellow Sands" and for me; it is his finest work to date. Sebastian Swift or Swift as he prefers is a man with a troubled past. He was a drug addict but has been in recovery for six years. Swift is now a literature professor at a small college and in relationship with the town police chief, Max Prescott, a rugged 6'4'' handsome man who is committed but has never definitively spoken about his feelings. Their relationship is comfortable one until Swift makes a fatal error in judgment while trying to help a student. Police Chief Max whose occupation defines aspects of his personality feels blindsided and reacts badly when Swift confesses his mistake jeopardizing their relationship. Mr. Lanyon is adept, in my opinion, at telling a story - his works touch people; have substance; conflict and resolution; strong imagery; layered plots that do not go for the easy solution; and he keeps the audience in mind. You find that want to discuss his plot and characters with other readers. I believe this novel is one of his finest for all those reasons as well as a fresh approach. The new work departs from the first-person POV, and although it has humor - it is not the overt witticism we have come to know in his other stories but deftly understated and subtle. Another expression of Mr. Lanyon's effectiveness as a writer is his seamless interweaving of lines of poetry throughout this story - the choice of verses is perfectly synced with the story's framework; adding another layer of understanding to its protagonist. For example, "There were no paved roads on the island, but the dirt roads were hard-packed and wide. Swift drove them easily, despite the rain sheeting down. White sand, white skies...the only color came from the trees lining the road, scarlet and gold foliage fading into the autumn mist. Nothing gold can stay...How very true." "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is a single line from the Robert Frost poem entitled the same, but it isn't shoehorned in - the line flows naturally. "Come unto These Yellow Sands" is not an ordinary mystery - yes, there is a murder, but the essence of this story addresses and examines relationships between long-time lovers, mothers, fathers, sons, family, and friends. It is about the interplay of feelings, history, circumstances, misunderstandings, loss, and reconciliation, all intricately woven into the story's fabric giving its characters depth and dimension. There are heartbreaking moments of realism that given its context make you realize that if these were not fictional characters - the response would still be entirely appropriate given the same circumstances. For example, when Max questions Swift's motivation and asks, "Why did you keep it from me? Aside from the fact that you were breaking the law, you had to know it wasn't going to...end well between us." Josh Lanyon fans will have another favorite couple to add to their list - Swift and Max are not larger than life characters. However, they are and will be memorable for their vulnerability and flaws - each protagonist is complex and endearing for different reasons.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    Another great Josh Lanyon story

    I have been working my way through all of Josh Lanyon's works since discovering the Adrien English Mysteries just a few months ago and I have yet to be disappointed. Come Unto These Yellow Sands is no exception. I'm not one of those people who can write a review that sounds like it came from Publishers Weekly but take my word for it - this (and any other Josh Lanyon) book is well worth the reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    MASTERFULLY WRITTEN, EVERY WORD EVOKES AN IMAGE, A FEELING, A THOUGHT

    Come Unto These Yellow Sands is the story of a man, Swift, and his journey from simply living, "..healthy, whole, and mostly happy," to being an active participant, more fully engaged, and ready to reconnect with life. The vehicle for Swift's metamorphosis is a murder mystery; but Swift is not a police officer, FBI agent, or even an athlete. He is a college professor and a poet. The journey for Swift is bumpy and perilous. Josh Lanyon has written a story that is like walking through an art gallery; every single word counts, carefully placed to create the most vivid picture and evince a wide range of emotions. He creates a sense of time and place with phrases such as, "he could hear rain ticking against a metal watering can" and "cyan-blue waves ruffled against sand and rocks." Chiaroscuro is a painting technique in which the artist carefully plays with the contrast of light and dark. As I read the story, I was continually reminded of the artistry of Josh Lanyon's writing as he, too, played with the contrast of light and dark in this book. Swift sees the world in a shifting pallet of colors while his sometimes boyfriend, Police Chief Max Prescott, has a black and white view of the world. Swift is cocooned safely within his academic world, while ugly words and events revolve around him. Swift, who has managed his recovery from drug addiction for 6 years, is suddenly overwhelmed with want and need for the drug he thought he had conquered. Come Unto These Yellow Sands is an intelligently written novel by a master craftsman. The mystery will keep you guessing, Swift will own your heart, and the ending will have you cheering. This is a novel you should not miss!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Time and money well spent.  Josh Lanyon can always be depended u

    Time and money well spent.  Josh Lanyon can always be depended upon to tell a great story with lots of heart and depth.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Exceptional. Among the best the contemporary romance and romance

    Exceptional. Among the best the contemporary romance and romance suspense genres have to offer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Really liked this - a real novel, good story, great lead character

    One of Josh Lanyon's best, IMHO.

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