Masked Destiny

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Masked Destiny is the story of Skye, a high school athlete determined to be the Alpha male. Skye's obsessed with his own body, his Abercrombie & Fitch wardrobe, and keeping those around him in their place. Try as he might, he's unable to ignore the world around him, or the plight of gay boys who cross his path. Too frightened of what others might think, Skye fails to intervene when he could have saved a boy with a single word. The resulting tragedy, wise words for a mysterious blond boy, and a unique ...
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Masked Destiny is the story of Skye, a high school athlete determined to be the Alpha male. Skye's obsessed with his own body, his Abercrombie & Fitch wardrobe, and keeping those around him in their place. Try as he might, he's unable to ignore the world around him, or the plight of gay boys who cross his path. Too frightened of what others might think, Skye fails to intervene when he could have saved a boy with a single word. The resulting tragedy, wise words for a mysterious blond boy, and a unique opportunity combine to push Skye toward his destiny.

Oliver is young, a bit pudgy, and interested in little more than his books and possibly his first kiss. As he slowly gains courage, he seeks out the friendship of Clay, his dream boy, in hopes they will become more than friends. Oliver is sought out in turn by Ken, who warns him Clay is not at all what he seems, but Ken, too, has his secrets. Oliver must choose between the two and discovers danger, a link to boys murdered in the recent past, and the answers to secrets he'd never dreamed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495474378
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Roeder is the author of more than three dozen novels as well as scores of articles, columns, and other non-fiction works. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.
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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Great book for gay teens

    This is a well written and interesting book with a solid plot. I would highly recomend this for any gay teenager.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    A SPIRITED INSTALLMENT IN THE GAY YOUTH CHRONICLES

    As with Mark Roeder¿s other novels, MASKED DESTINY is told in the voices of its primary characters, in this case, Skye and Oliver. These are two extremely different teens both working in the local (Verona Indiana) farm supply store. It is 1997 and the school year has just begun. Skye is a sixteen year old, pumped-up, football playing jock, determined to establish himself as the school Alpha-male. His passions are his own incredible body and his Abercrombie & Fitch wardrobe. Skye enjoys checking out the other athletes in the locker room but he¿s convinced himself it¿s merely to compare his muscular development against theirs. He¿s in denial and it never occurs to him that he¿s gay. Skye doesn¿t realize it, but he¿s destined for great things. However, it will take the help of a mesmerizing stranger to guide him down the right path. Oliver is a pudgy shy fourteen year old struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality. He¿s introverted and suffers from low self esteem. Oliver tries to overcome his insecurity and self-loathing by joining the local gay youth group. Things begin to turn around for Oliver, and he finds himself having to choose between, Clay, the boy of his dreams and, Ken, a cute sixteen year old aggressively pursuing him. Ken is charming and romantic, but is he really who he claims to be? Through the course of this novel Skye and Oliver grow as individuals and, even though they seem to have nothing in common, become good friends. But things aren¿t always as they seem in Verona. Mysterious forces and long forgotten secrets could spell disaster for our protagonists. A world of spirits and angels exists in this community and it¿s up to Skye and Oliver to try and make sense of the situation. This is the first of Roeder¿s novels I¿ve read that involves this particular sub-plot. And while the haunted themes of this novel make for a slightly different reading experience from previous Chronicle installments, the overall result is familiar. Once again, Roeder has valuable lessons to teach his teenage audience, the most important being: respect and like yourself. I might mention that this particular lesson isn¿t lost on Roeder¿s more mature readers. I thoroughly enjoyed MASKED DESTINY and I intend to go back and read the other two novels dealing with supernatural themes: SOMEONE IS KILLING THE GAY BOYS OF VERONA and KEEPER OF SECRETS. Roeder does a wonderful job of making the boys here believable. In fact, I think Skye is possibly Roeder¿s finest creation. He¿s vain yet noble, conceited yet fair-minded, He¿s far from perfect but he has a kind and dependable heart. He is a fleshed out hero for all gay boys, of any age, to look up to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    A great Fall read!

    In Masked Destiny, Mr. Roeder again goes back and fills in some time line gaps in his Gay Youth Chronicles series. It brings back some familiar friends and introduces us to two new ones in the form of Skye and Oliver. The setting is also familiar. We are walking the streets of Verona and the halls of Verona High School and visiting the old Graymoor Mansion and the Selby Farm. This is what could be considered a 'filler novel'. That is not bad where an ongoing series is concerned. Avid readers of Mr. Roeder's work may tend to miss some characters that appear only briefly in some of his novels and will be glad to see them again. It also helps to flesh out and give greater dimansion to some that have become friends. As with his other works, this book can stand on its own as a complete work while fitting in nicely to broaden the series. It is full of ghost, a haunted house and plenty of attitudes. The story of the budding friendship between Skye and Oliver is not a particularly new one, but is a very fresh approach to what can make and sustain a relationship. Skye finds out that his world is broader than just his fascination with himself. An old antagonist, that we have not seen for a long while is also brought back. Mr. Roeder seems to have relaxed some in the writing of Masked Destiny. He gets pretty philosophical in places and that's not bad. He has a lot of very personal and varied interest that have shown up in his previous novels. He has a love for antiques, old houses, boy bands and amusement parks, to name just a few. He nicely brings the supernatural together with reality. He seems to be having more fun and depending less on his extensive research in this one. He, once again, brings up the topic of intolerance in a way that we haven't seen sence 'The Soccer Field Is Empty' and 'Someone Is Watching'. His treatment is both new and familiar. His comparison of Oliver to Harry Potter is facinating. Maybe we are ready for a Gay Harry Potter! There is a lot to be facinated by and a lot to learn and share in this one. It is a captivating story and should be read by every teenager, not just every Gay teenager.

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