Man Pilot

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The Man Pilot is a rich, colorful saga of plantation life in the steamy
Louisiana delta where love, sex, lies, and deceit live among the slender
stalks of sugar cane deep in the Bayou land. The latest installment of
author James W. Ridout IV’s “Plantation” series ...

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Overview

The Man Pilot is a rich, colorful saga of plantation life in the steamy
Louisiana delta where love, sex, lies, and deceit live among the slender
stalks of sugar cane deep in the Bayou land. The latest installment of
author James W. Ridout IV’s “Plantation” series chronicles the Pilot
family, an extended clan of blood kin, in-laws, neighbors, friends, and
lovers, gay and straight, each with a story to tell—and a secret to hide.
Cover-ups, deceptions, and duplicity lead to treachery, blackmail, scandal,
and murder as business trickery collides with bedroom intrigue to alter the
lives—and loves—of everyone.

“You and the others may consider my ideas immoral, but all you have to do
is look at yourselves and I don’t come out so bad.”

John Pilot, the aging patriarch of one of the grand families of Louisiana,
reigns over one of the largest sugar cane producers in the state. But the
farm—and the family that feeds off it—is falling apart. Sugarcane prices
have hit rock bottom and it's been five years since the Pilot plantation
turned a profit. A mysterious disease is killing the sugar cane the farm
does manage to produce. Francis Lorraine, his scheming young wife, hops
from one politician's bed to the next. Oliver, his secret lover of 40
years, has been stricken with a terminal illness. His favorite son-in-law
Julian, a “reformed” gay man, is on the verge of a breakdown. And it's all
he can do to keep his openly gay nephew Shaun, his heir apparent, from
taking a shotgun to his own father.

“This family is filled with controversy and I will not be used as a
scapegoat for causing problems.”

Bernard had lost interest in the whole matter. Julian's latest blood type
no longer ruled out the possibility that Bernard wasn't Julian's father.
Julian's father could be the rapist or Bernard. This was enough for
Bernard. He had the heir of the first born of his first marriage—his only
marriage. He could care less about the details. As soon as Julian would be
told these facts, everything would be back to normal. As far as he was
concerned, the father whom Julian idolized growing up was indeed by his
blood. Why question the inconsistencies? Everything in life could be
challenged. Why sweat it?

The Man Pilot is a sprawling saga of southern culture, presenting a unique
twist on the romantic myths about plantation life. Part mystery, part
morality play, the book's complex storylines will keep you guessing at
every turn.

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What People Are Saying

Andrea L.T. Peterson
A MULTIGENERATIONAL COMING-OUT STORY. . . . Laden with secrets, scandals, deception, and betrayal. AN ENTERTAINING READ, especially for anyone who has lived through the challenges of being gay in the 1980s.
MDiv, BA, Freelance Writer/Editor
Dale Edgerton
If a TV network ran a gay primetime drama, this would be it. The cast of characters includes handsome heroes, a wicked Joan Collins-like villainess, and a manly yet gentle patriarch who struggles to keep his dynasty going at all costs. FANS OF RIDOUT'S PLANTATION SECRETS WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED.
Author of Goneaway Road
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560234609
  • Publisher: Haworth Press, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 3/5/2004
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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