Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

by Michael Rupured

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Happy Independence Day by Michael Rupured

2nd Edition

A Philip Potter Story

Terrence Bottom wants to change the world. Little does he know the world is already changing, and his part in it won’t be what he expects. A prelaw student at Columbia University, Terrence’s interests range from opposing the draft and the war in Vietnam, to civil rights for gays, to anything to do with Cameron McKenzie, the rugged blond hanging around the Stonewall Inn. Too bad Cameron bolts whenever Terrence looks his way.

College dropout Cameron McKenzie left tiny Paris, Kentucky, with dreams of a career on Broadway. Although he claims to be straight, he prostitutes himself to survive. Now the Mafia is using him to entrap men for extortion schemes. He’s in over his head with no way out—at least not a way that doesn’t involve cement shoes and a swim in the Hudson.

Terrence finally confronts Cameron, and they return to the Stonewall Inn during another police raid. But this time the patrons aren’t going quietly. While Terrence sees his chance to stand beside his friends and stand up for his beliefs, Cameron sees the distraction of the riots as an opportunity to escape—even if it means walking away from the only man he’s ever loved.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634769877
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Happy Independence Day 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
excellent follow up. Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Terrence is a law student, and wants to change the world. Visiting bars that openly serve gay men leads him to meet Cameron. But Cameron runs from Terrence every chance he gets. Until Cameron meets a lady who whoops him upside the head and makes him see who he really is. He just needs to be with Terrence one time, before he disappears. This is the second in the Philip Potter series I've read, but it is book 3, I think. There is one I have still to read so am reading them out of order. I don't think it matters too much, though. Terrence is in New York, studying pre-law and has a wide and varied circle of friends. They spread time at the Stonewall Inn, which is a bar run by the Mafia catering for openly gay/lesbian people along with those who colour between the lines. Cameron catches his eye, but runs away all the time. Cameron does have good reason though. Being bait for his Mafia boss' blackmail scam has jaded the man. He knows he doesn't have long left, he is, after all, getting old, but Cameron also knows he needs to get away, before he is made gone and ends up at the bottom of the river with concrete boots. I really enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as No Good Deed, and I the only reason I can maybe pinpoint, is the crime/thriller element is not here. Its based around the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, the run up and the few days after. So there are are murderous thoughts from some people, but none that take flight. We get how one police officer feels before and after, how two amazing women stand up to the police, how people watching nearby felt. Its very deep, in the emotions that run through it, and I did like that. Its also a little steamier than No Good Deed, not too much, still very mild, but in keeping with the fact that, times they are a-changing, if albeit slowly. As well as Terrence and Cameron, we get Philip Potter, and George, his lover; we get Harold and Abigail; we get several other characters too and it gives a huge amount of insight into what happened at Stonewall Inn that fateful night. It took a long time for things to start moving but many believe this event was the birth of the modern LGBT movement. As I said, I enjoyed this read, but not as much as No Good Deed, but it still gets.... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago