Desert Sons

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A coming-of-age novel for gay males ages 15-30.

Scott Faraday is 16, gregarious, talented, never been in a relationship, and is out to only a select few. Ryan St. Charles is 17, hot-tempered, has already has been in a long relationship, yet is barely out to himself. Behind Ryan's carefully fashioned façade is emotional scarring from a past he's never been able to reconcile. When he comes to live with his uncle in Yucca Valley, CA, he meets Scott. An unlikely pair, the boys form ...

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Overview

A coming-of-age novel for gay males ages 15-30.

Scott Faraday is 16, gregarious, talented, never been in a relationship, and is out to only a select few. Ryan St. Charles is 17, hot-tempered, has already has been in a long relationship, yet is barely out to himself. Behind Ryan's carefully fashioned façade is emotional scarring from a past he's never been able to reconcile. When he comes to live with his uncle in Yucca Valley, CA, he meets Scott. An unlikely pair, the boys form a tentative friendship. When Scott starts to suspect that Ryan might be gay, he plans his coming out to him. The result is that he transforms their friendship into his first real relationship. Then, Ryan's hidden past comes into view. Scott is not at all prepared for what he discovers: suicide attempts, past abuse, and loads of denial.

Tightly focused on their new relationship, Desert Sons follows these two teenagers as they plunge headlong through a summer that will forever change them both.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595191307
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 358,726
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Kendrick is the author of the bestsellers Desert Sons and the sequel Into This World We're Thrown.

In addition, Mark has penned gay-themed scifi novels with these titles, Stealing Some Time Vol I and II (Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2004 Scifi Literary Award), The Rylerran Gateway and Trenekis of Hiera (2nd place winner of the 2010 Rainbow Literary Award for Best Scifi).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Gaytastic

    I love romance, love stories, and eroticas, this book has all of that combined into this book, the story between Ryan and Scott, how they both wish to be with each other but are scared to jump out and say i love you is suspensful; however, when they do jump out at each other its beautiful, however when ryan takes scott to his hometown where he had a previous relationship with Crawford (dark past) not going to ruin it... and sees Crawford (Bastard) as i call him... all the emotions that rise from the dark scary box in his head "chilling" i love how scott has a way of making Ryan feel better it shows that not all guys are a**holes... i recommend this book to gay teens who are having problems of any kind and they think no one will understand when in this book it talks about a lot of problems, hiding who you are, scared to take a jump at what life has to offer, etc... but this book will make you mad at points when you thimk Ryan and Scott are going to confess their love for each other. Amazing book please read it and if you like read the sequel: Into This World We Are Thrown. It is even better along with a surprise ending!!! Enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    Where was the realistic aspect?

    This was the first gay novel I have ever read, so when I heard that it was had a typical story line i figured that would be fine. But where was the romance? There was none. It was just sex,sex,sex,sex,sex. Sex is not love, people! The characters here were okay, but not completely realistic to me. there's so many different situations that support my opinion and I don't have the time to talk about even one. It's complicated. I like it, I reccommend(sp?) it, but if you're expecting romance then you will get your hopes torn down.
    There were also some parts that i give a major thumbs up to. During one chapter i had to set the book down and discontinue reading for a few days because it was too emotional for me. I could relate to the book and feel pain for Scott, the main character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    A struggle to read.

    I started reading this book with great anticipation and was very quickly disappointed ¿ it is not particularly well written (in desperate need of an objective editor) and contains too many clichés. In spite of that, I plugged away for a few more chapters and found myself liking the characters, wanting to know what happens to them in the end. Kendrick has created lovable and believable characters that deserve more. He touches on issues that are relevant to many gay men, not just teens. However, in the end the poor overall writing finally caused me to put the book down unfinished, where it lies to this day. Maybe one day I¿ll pick it back up and finish it, but that¿s a pretty big `maybe¿. Too many scenes were overly wordy (why use ten words when five will do?), and in some cases totally unnecessary. At times I wondered if Kendrick was writing it as an underground `how-to¿ sex guide for gay teens ¿ some things are best, even from an erotic standpoint, left to the imagination. Overall I would say good character development, engaging plot, but poorly written to the point of terminal distraction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2003

    Beautiful novel...

    A beautiful novel to be sure, I fell in love with this book upon reading it! This story is somewhat original in it's display of characters, their differences, their likeness. Kendrick touches both the good and bad points of being a young teen and in a relationship. Ryan, the elder boy in the story, goes through a terribly long time in the closet, despite all that has happened to him-read the book to find out just what!- but through all his woes and past time experiences, I believe that in the end all he needed was Scott. Who is Scott? Well, he is the rather open-but not out!- 'gay' teen. He is instantly attracted to Ryan despite his sullen attitude. Scott is very humorous in more ways than one- but I don't think I'll say anymore on that point. The main thing in this story I wanted to comment on, well in all of Mark Kendrick's stories actually, is the bold and rather graphic 'love scenes' or sex scenes if you want to get technical. I love the way he describes everything that the boys feel, not only emotionally, but physically! 'Most' authors of gay novels, that I have personally read, are not so bold in their writings and for that reason- 'I commend you Mark Kendrick!' The only bad thing that I could possibly find about this book was the grammatical errors, other than that... 'It Rocks!^_^

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    One of my favorite reads. Great character development along with

    One of my favorite reads. Great character development along with reality-based theme. Coming-out handled with care and insight. I highly recommend this book and the author has a sequel that is also a great book. Most of if not all of Mark Kendrick's books are bestsellers and award winners. Now if only he would sign my Nook copy and/or my paperback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Great!

    As a hetero female I loved this story. It reminded me of all the feelings I had falling in love for the first time. The book gave me insight to how difficult it must be for gay teens to come out for the first time. I fell in love with Ryan and Scott and the author really made me care about what happens to them. The sequel "Into This World We're Thrown" is just as good if not better so definitely check it out.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Wonderful Book!

    I've read this book countless times and everytime I'm still left wanting more. The characters are wonderful, you really feel for Ryan who struggles so deeply with his sexuality and pyschological fear of loving anyone. This book plays with my emotions everytime I read it, it leaves me saddened at parts but then it excites me drastically when something happens for Scott and Ryan. The writing is great, not too overdone but enough that it paints quite the vivid picture for you. Please please pick up this book and read it, it's so worth it!

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  • Posted February 7, 2009

    An enjoyable book aside from its typos

    The plot isn't original - how far can you go with a coming-of-age novel about two gay teenagers falling in love? The book contains standard elements such as angst, desire, and fear. I also noticed too many typos that distracted me from the story, but I guess the editor is to blame.<BR/><BR/>The biggest appeal of the book obviously lies in its steamy plot. After whatever the two protagonists do together from going to a party to hiking in daytime, their nights consist of one activity. Aside from its heavy scenes, the book is fast-paced in a way that compelled me to continue reading one chapter after another. The book is worth is price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    Just finished reading this book and I'm still overwhelmed by the emotions it evokes. I've read hundreds of books and never has any of them moved me like this book did. It's hard to believe it's a work of fiction since the characters, Scott and Ryan, are so real. It takes you back to your first love and how it felt to be lying next to him just listening him breathe, or the passion while kissing and making love for the first time. I reccomend this book to all but specially to young gay guys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    In Desert Sons, the stories of Scott and Ryan are so enticing I hope for a Scott or Ryan in my own life. Their story is full of love and hardship and how they persevere through it all to come out together. I highly recommend to all readers, gay or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2007

    recommended to all guys

    I really like these kinds of stories where secrets are revealed, and then you're left feeling like the guy was somewhat deceived along the way. This was my kind of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    The Best, Without a Doubt

    I read voraciously and am constantly looking for and frustrated by the lack of really outstanding gay fiction, particularly that involving young adults. In this marvelous book, Mark Kendrick, crafts some of the most alive, believable - you're rooting for them every moment- characters I've ever encountered. No superlatives are enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Exciting and Real

    This book was a really great novel for homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, and that was mainly because the characters were so believable. Sure, there are other novels about gay people out there but in many of them, the characters seem like people you would never meet in real life, and their situations are so far-fetched that it seems too fictional. However, Mark Kendrick does an excellent job in Desert Sons to make the characters and storyline like what real life would be. Ryan is still wary about being defined as gay, and it affects him and Scott throughout the whole book. Scott, though more open than Ryan, is not ready to reveal his identity to his father. This is definitely real emotion, as is Ryan's pent up agression toward his 'ex' Crawford and his feelings about his parents' deaths. Being a homosexual myself, I could relate to the emotions felt by both characters because I know what it felt like being attracted to guys and not being completely 'out' yet, and being nervous to be open about my boyfriend in public. The book was very good but be cautioned that there is a good deal of sexual content included in it, so be forewarned. But I would still encourage people to read the book to get a new perspective on homosexual life and to realize what goes on in their heads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    Thought provoking

    I enjoyed this story very much - the emotional values felt genuine and the characters were both touching and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Great Story and Characters

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to hear about the coming out experience from a teenager's perspective. It's a very tasteful and engaging story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    Inspirational!

    Being a homosexual, I think many people like myself can relate to this book. It truly captures the emotions that are felt when young gay lovers stride for the acceptance of their relationship in a small town. It graphically sings meaning into the life of anyone who reads it. It brings understanding to the unknown emotions that are felt when anyone is having a hard time identifying things that are troubling them. I reccommend this book to everyone who enjoys a heart-throbbing novel. You wont be able to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Young Gay Love!

    Great story about young coming out and gay love! I read this novel with unbridled interest and bliss throughout! I strongly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    Touching....

    A wonderful novel that focuses on two teenage boys and the summer that changes them forever.... Great!

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